Using the past to guide conservation practice

As a teacher and in my research I focus on using lessons from the past history of life to guide modern conservation and restoration practice. This emphasis is reflected in the courses I am prepared to teach (e.g., Conservation Paleobiology, Invertebrate Paleobiology, History of Life). To learn more about my teaching philosophy, visit the teaching menu, where there are four subheadings on (1) effective teaching practices through assessing student learning, (2) creating effective learning experiences, (3) planning for teaching, and (4) professional development. Under the Research menu, I highlight some of my ongoing work on the Colorado River delta molluscan fauna, naticid cannibalism in the Carolinas, and molluscan-based indices for ecosystem health to demonstrate the connections between the past history of life and modern conservation. For more information on these projects, you can find the full articles on the Publications page.



  • “Days prior to the March 23 [2014] inaugural river pulse flow – a scheduled water release to help revive the parched [Colorado River] delta – researchers from Cornell and its affiliated Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) gathered baseline samples to understand the delta’s ecological profile.” For the full story, visit the Cornell Chronicle.

    Cornell Chronicle