Directed Research

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Summer 2012 – Current

  • Coordinating field work at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry near Elmo, UT, incorporating undergraduate and graduate students from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Southern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Investigation include photogrammetic mapping of the quarry floor, grid mapping of exposed bones, microvertebrate sampling, and taphonomic/geochemical analyses.

Fall 2013, Oshkosh, WI

  • Directing and collaborating on a research project with undergraduate students from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh investigating the morphology and potential causation for a suite of abnormal lesions on the crania of pachycephalosaurids (PLoS ONE).

Northern Illinois University
Fall 2009, DeKalb, IL

  • Directed and collaborated with faculty and staff from Northern Illinois University, Burpee Museum of Natural History, and Rockford Memorial Hospital on a study that investigated the causes of lesions in a juvenile tyrannosaur skull and behavioral implications. This research resulted in two presentations at professional conferences (Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Geological Society of America) and a published manuscript that received international press coverage (PALAIOS).

Northern Illinois University
Fall 2009, DeKalb, IL

  • Coordinated a research project with contributors from Northern Illinois University that investigated preservational biases in the microvertebrate fossil record in the Hell Creek formation of southeastern Montana, resulting in a paper presented at a national conference (Geological Society of America), and an accepted manuscript (PALAIOS).

Spring 2009, DeKalb, IL

  • Coordinated an international research project with two collaborators from Northern Illinois University that investigated the role of microbial biofilms in vertebrate fossil preservation, resulting in a paper presented at international meeting on biofilm research (American Society of Microbiology), and a publication (PLoS ONE).

Northern Illinois University
Spring 2005, DeKalb, IL

  • Conducted independent research in the field of vertebrate paleontology performing experiments on the fluvial transport and deposition of microvertebrate fossils, resulting in the presentation of a poster at a professional conference (Society of Vertebrate Paleontology).

Contributed Research

Northern Illinois University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Current, DeKalb, IL, Oshkosh, WI

  • Contributing to the design of a research effort with faculty from Northern Illinois University that investigated the role of microbial biofilms in vertebrate fossil preservation with Dr. Melissa Lenczewski and Dr. Jonathan Warnock.

Tate Museum/Casper College and University of Wisconsin Madison
Current, Casper, WY, Madison, WI, Oshkosh, WI

  • Contributing to the description of an Apatosaurus skull from Como Bluff, Wyoming with Melissa Connely (Tate Museum) and Dr. David Lovelace (UW Madison).

Carthage College
Current, Kenosha, WI, Oshkosh, WI

  • Contributing to the description of a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton from the Hell Creek Formation of southeastern Montana with Dr. Thomas Carr.

Museum of Moab, Moab, UT
2015-2016, Moab, UT, Oshkosh, WI

  • Contributed to the description of the presence of Apatosaurus at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry and its distribution throughout North America with Dr. John Foster.

Southern Illinois University
Summer and Fall 2004, Carbondale, IL

  • Conducted research for Dr. Dhananjay Ravat in field potential geophysics correlating geophysical properties of Martian datasets. Wrote programs for correlating and dataset format conversion.

Burpee Museum of Natural History
Summer 2001-Spring 2003, Rockford, IL

  • Contributed to the preparation and research of the juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex specimen, “Jane”. Conducted research on associated fossils, including pterosaurs and microvertebrate specimens.

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor Geology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Fall 2011-Current, Oshkosh, WI

  • GEOL 109, Historical Geology and Lab for 50 students. Administered exams, labs, assignments, and discussion. Led a field trip to the Baraboo, WI region.
  • GEOL 311, Stratigraphy and Basin Analysis and Lab for 15 students. Administered exams, assignments, and discussion.
  • GEOL 309, Paleontology and Lab for 25 students. Administered exams, labs, assignments, and discussion.
  • GEOL 360, Dinosaurs, Extinctions, and Environmental Change. Field Course. Organized and led field course to the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry for 12 students. Price, UT.

Visiting Lecturer in Geology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Fall 2010-Spring 2011, Oshkosh, WI

  • GEOL 109, Historical Geology and Lab for 100 students. Administered exams, assignments, and discussion. Led a field trip to the Baraboo, WI region.
  • GEOL 311, Stratigraphy and Basin Analysis and Lab for 15 students. Administered exams, assignments, and discussion.
  • GEOL 309, Paleontology and Lab for 10 students. Administered exams, assignments, and discussion.

Adjunct Faculty in Physical Sciences, Elgin Community College
Spring 2010-Current, Elgin, IL

  • Developed and instructed GEOL 101, Survey of Geology, an online course for 20 students. Administered exams, assignments, and discussion boards.

Fall 2009-Summer 2010, Elgin, IL

  • GEOL 112, Introduction to Physical Geology. Lecture and laboratory sessions for 25 students.

Fall 2007, DeKalb, IL

  • Developed and instructed a 500-level undergraduate/graduate course on Mesozoic Depositional Environments. Lectured for 12 students. The course was combined with the summer 2007 field course.

Summer 2007, Ekalaka, MT

  • Coordinated, developed, and instructed a vertebrate paleontology field course in Carter County, Montana. Led the two-week course for 12 students and evaluated their course accomplishments in an attached upper-level course the following fall at NIU.

2006, 2009, DeKalb, IL

  • Instructed one laboratory section for GEOL 320, Earth Through Time. Led discussions for 15-30 students.

2006-2008, DeKalb, IL

  • Instructed GEOL 104, Introduction to Oceanography. Lectured for 100+ students.

Undergraduate Student Teaching Assistant, Southern Illinois University
Spring 2004, Carbondale, IL

  • Instructed three laboratory sections for introductory geology. Led discussions for 20-30 students in each section.

Professional Work

Spring 2003-Fall 2009, Preparator
Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, IL

  • Prepared fossils, trained new volunteers preparation skills.
  • Supervisors: Michael D. Henderson and Scott Williams

1998-2000, Assistant to Exhibits Director
Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, IL

  • Aided exhibits director in exhibit maintenance, and contributed to the planning and construction of new exhibits.
  • Supervisor: Lonni Stark

1996-1998 Volunteer
Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, IL.

  • Prepared fossils, lead tours, aided in exhibit curation.
  • Supervisor: Michael D. Henderson

Field Work

Summer 2012-Current, Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, Price, Utah.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

  • Planned field course to the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry in central Utah to prospect and collect Jurassic dinosaurs in the San Raphael Swell.

Spring, Fall 2009, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mexico.
Northern Illinois University

  • Placed and collected samples for biofilm research and obtained water samples of geomicrobiological research on cenotes in the Yucatan region with Dr. Melissa Lenczewski, Northern Illinois University.

Summer 2008, Morrison Formation. Hanksville, Utah.
Burpee Museum of Natural History

  • Duties included participating in quarry excavation, prospecting, fossil preparation, paleontological methods instruction, and collaboration in excavation coordination with the Burpee Museum and the Utah BLM.

Summer 2001-2008, Hell Creek Formation. Carter County, Montana.
Burpee Museum of Natural History/Northern Illinois University

  • Duties included acting as crew leader, participating in quarry excavation, prospecting, and fossil preparation, resulting in the assessment of various microvertebrate localities, and the discovery and excavation of a juvenile tyrannosaurus skeleton and two juvenile ceratopsian skeletons. Field work also resulted in the discovery of a partial hadrosaur skeleton and the collection of student research materials.

Summers 1996-2001, Morrison Formation. Como Bluff, Wyoming.
Dinamation International Society – Dr. Robert T. Bakker

  • Duties included participating in quarry excavation, prospecting, and fossil preparation.