Professor, Department of Geology, The College of Wooster. Teaching responsibilities currently include Invertebrate Paleontology, History of Life, Evolution, Processes & Concepts of Geology, Sedimentology & Stratigraphy, Desert Geology, and First-Year Seminar courses; several Independent Study field and laboratory projects are directed each year. 1993 – present.
Associate Professor, Department of Geology, The College of Wooster. 1986-1993.
Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, The College of Wooster. 1982-1986.
Instructor, Department of Geology, The College of Wooster. 1981-1982.
Teaching Assistant, oceanography, paleontology and biostratigraphy courses in the departments of Biology and Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley. 1979-1981.
Chair, Department of Geology, The College of Wooster: 1988-1998, 2000-2001, 2002-2005, 2008-2009, 2012-2013.
Elected committee service: The Educational Policy Committee (1986-1989, 1996-1997), the Teaching Staff and Tenure Committee (1989-1992, 1994-1996, 1998-2001, 2002-2005, 2014-2017), the Conference With Trustees Committee (2006-2009, 2010-2013, 2018-2021), and Chair of the Faculty Presidential Search Committee (1994-1995) at the College of Wooster.
RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Present Research: Evolutionary paleoecology of marine encrusting and boring faunas; systematics and evolution of encrusting bryozoans, foraminiferans and brachiopods; development and early diagenesis of marine carbonate rocks, especially hardgrounds; calcite sea diagenesis and evolutionary dynamics; Pleistocene sea level dynamics and carbonate shores.
Panelist: Research Grants Committee of the Geological Society of America (2018-2020).
Secretary and Member of Council: The Paleontological Society, 2011-2015.
Program Coordinator and Member of Council: The Paleontological Society, 2000-2006.
Technical Editor: Journal of Paleontology, 1986-1988.
Member of Council: International Bryozoology Association (2013-2019)
Visiting Professor (research leave): Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University, 1985.
Doctoral Research: A stratigraphic, paleoecologic and sedimentologic study of the Carboniferous Bird Spring Group exposed in southern Nevada, 1978-1982.
Research Assistant: Department of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley, 1980.
Editor: PaleoBios, 1980-1981.
Senior Museum Preparator: University of California, Berkeley, 1979.
Research Geologist: Chevron Oil Field Research Company, summer 1978.
HONORS, AWARDS AND GRANTS:
Paleontological Society Fellow since 2016.
GeoCUR (Council on Undergraduate Research) Undergraduate Mentoring Award (2015)
National Geographic Society Research Grant for fieldwork in the Baltics, 2011-2013.
ACS Petroleum Research Fund grants, 1989-1991, 1993-1995, 2002-2006.
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant, 1995-1997.
Excellence in Education Award (Ohio Magazine), 2004.
Geological Society of America Fellow since 2003.
Howard Hughes Medical Research Institute grants, 1990-1993.
National Science Foundation grant for developing hardground workshop, 1992.
Keck Foundation Geology Consortium grants, 1988-1989, 1991-1992, 1995-2000.
American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund Fellowships, 1986-1987, 1990.
Luce Fellowship for Distinguished Scholarship, 1990, 2000.
Mellon Foundation grants, 1988-1990.
Sigma Xi Grants-In-Aid of Research, 1979, 1984.
Louderback Award (outstanding research), University of California, Berkeley, 1980.
Regent’s Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, 1978-1979.
Phi Beta Kappa, 1978.
Palaeontological Association (Overseas Representative since 1988)
The Paleontological Society (Program Coordinator, 2000-2006; Secretary, 2011-2015; Fellow)
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (President of Wooster Chapter, 1986-1987, 1993-1994)
Geological Society of America (Fellow of the Society since 2003)
International Bryozoology Association (Member of Council, 2013-2019)