Mailing address: PO Box 208109, New Haven CT 06520-8109
Street address: 210 Whitney Ave., New Haven CT 06511
I am a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University studying taphonomy and paleobiology under the guidance of Dr. Derek Briggs. Taphonomy – or the study of processes that affect an organism between death and fossilization – is my primary interest, particularly the preservation of terrestrial cuticle. I am working on a number of projects related to this field, including evaluating rates and patterns of disarticulation in Gecarcinid (land) crabs; examining the preservation of structural and pigment-based colors in insects; and elucidating major controls on the exceptional preservation of plants. My thesis is focused on this last topic – leaf preservation – and I am using integrative experimental and fossil based approaches to answer various questions within this field.