Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
My research area is paleolimnology, the interpretation of lake history from sedimentary and paleontological records. Most of my work to date has involved studies of depositional environments, paleoecology, and climate history of the African Rift Lakes and the arid climate lakes of the western US. I use paleoecological and sedimentological records as primary tools in the interpretation of lake deposits, from both outcrops and sediment cores.
- The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: Studying the Implications of African Paleoclimates and Paleoenvironments for Understanding Human Evolution
- Paleoclimates and Paleolimnology of Lakes in the US Great Basin
- East African Paleoclimate and Ecosystem History
- Lake Malawi Drilling Project
- Paleorecords of Watershed Deforestation and Recent Climate Change
Additionally my lab has had recently completed projects in the following areas:
- Deposystem Evolution in the Foreland Basin Lakes of South America
- Nyanza Project REU training Program (concluded 2007)
Normally, I teach the following classes:
- GEOS 302-Principles of Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (Fall)
- GEOS412-Ocean Science (Spring, with J. Cole)
- GEOS 596D-Seminar. I offer seminars annually (usually in the spring semester) in paleolimnology, alternating every other year with more specialized subjects to be announced.
Office: Gould-Simpson Bldg. 325