Biographical Sketch

As Associate Dean of the College I wrote the college's current strategic plan. In the process of leading the plan's implementation, I have become passionate about exploring methods for delivering a liberal arts education to a broader spectrum of students seeking post-secondary education.

As a member of the Cornell College faculty, I have conducted marine geologic research with undergraduate students in tropical marine environments around the world and teach a regular field course in the Bahamas. My research interests include the sustainability of the modern coral reef ecosystem.

Academic History

  • Ph.D. in Geology, University of Cincinnati, 1990
  • M.S. in Geology, University of Cincinnati, 1986
  • B.A. in Geology and Film Studies, University of Rochester, 1983

Curriculum Vitae and Personal Web Page



Courses Taught

  • Modern and Ancient Carbonate Systems of the Bahamas (field course)
  • Marine Science
  • Paleontology
  • Paleoecology
  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
  • Historical Geology
  • Geological Literature
  • Earth Science

Academic Awards

  • University of Queensland, Centre for Marine Studies, Visiting Scholar, 2007
  • University of Western Australia, Visiting Research Fellow, 2003-04
  • National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Visiting Scientist, 2001
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science Visiting Investigator, 1992-93
  • Smith College Faculty Teaching Award, 1995

Marine Geologic Research (last 15 years)

  • Curacao, Netherlands Antilles: Efficacy of the Curacao Underwater Park
  • San Salvador, Bahamas: Effects of coastal development on benthic mollusk communities
  • Western Australia: Response of reef-building corals to climate change
  • Belize, Central America: Efficacy of the Hol Chan Marine Preserve
  • San Salvador, Bahamas: Effects of Hurricane Floyd on reef coral communities
  • San Salvador, Bahamas: Shifting ecological baselines and the decline of Acropora cervicornis
  • Florida Keys, USA: Community structure of living vs. dead coral communities
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia: Precedence for outbreaks of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish

Selected External Grants

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation $500,000
  • National Science Foundation $97,826
  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association $287,748
  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association $140,000
  • Culpepper Foundation $225,000
  • Petroleum Research Fund - American Chemical Society $100,000