|Dept:||Geological and Atmospheric Sciences|
Field education within the geological and atmospheric sciences enhances and reinforces students’ education as well as their marketability as scientists in academic, government, and industry settings. The benefits of field opportunities, such as the ISU Geology Summer Field Studies course and field-intensive research experiences, are numerous:
Core concepts become tangible and intuitive;
Problem-solving skills at the project scale improve; and
Student curiosity and appreciation of our one and only Earth are positively impacted, among many others.
As the director of the ISU’s Carl F. Vondra Geology Field Station, my goal is to enrich the education of students from ISU and elsewhere by teaching and facilitating relevant field courses and research opportunities through the use of our newly renovated field station in Wyoming.
My research interests include documenting climatic/environmental change and the impact on mammalian communities in the geologic past. I approach this work by combining intensive geological and paleontological field work with analytical techniques, such as time-series analysis, stable isotope work, and geometric morphometrics. Specific studies include lineage and community-scale impacts of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, a 58-million-year-old global warming event, and mammalian paleobiogeography and faunal composition before and after the Mid Miocene Climatic Optimum.