University of Missouri

With my academic background spanning both biology and geology, my research interests largely center on how accurately we can interpret the history of life from the fossil record. I approach this problem from the taphonomic perspective, and specifically target complex multicellular fossils from the dawn of animal life at the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition. Resolving which features of fossils represent true biological signal as opposed to those that are instead preservational noise permits a greater understanding of our early animal ancestors. To help gain this better resolution, I utilize advanced microscopy methods, including analytical scanning electron microscopy and tomographic x-ray microscopy.

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