recently ran across the statement above and had to laugh to myself. I
have never run across a sentence that so perfectly sums up the ideals
behind my drive and my passion for science. I do realize the futility
of the statement but its still fun to try!
I certainly have not traveled
a straight path getting to my current position (a geology grad student
at UW-Madison). But at each step along the way that sentence could be
applied; whether it was search and rescue in El Paso County, diesel repairs
in La Barge, cabinetry in Thermopolis, or my venture into science as a
What I do:
There is no simple way of saying what I do, other than to say I am a vertebrate
paleontologist whose focus is not necessarily the remains of fossil vertebrates,
but rather the environmental context in which they lived and died, and
the processes that led to their burial and eventual fossilization. (currently
I am describing a developmental error in an apatosaur caudal, and a new
specimen of Othneilosaurus).
This fall (08) i started my doctoral
program, my thesis will focus on the poorly known depositional environments
of the Triassic Chugwater Group of central Wyoming.