I look at the geological record as a history of the world imperfectly kept, only here and there a short chapter has been preserved; and of each page, only here and there a few lines. - C. Darwin, On the Origin of Species
My current research emphasis involves quantifying the rock record in order to better understand which lines of earth history have been preserved, why they have been preserved, and to what effect. Specifically, I use macrostratigraphy to test hypotheses that span a range of earth systems, including the evolution of marine and terrestrial life, the carbon cycle and global climate, and cycling rates of geologic materials via tectonic uplift and subsidence. Students interested in new approaches to quantifying the rock record at any spatial and temporal scale should drop me a line.
Macrostratigraphy is cool, but I really live for and enjoy sed-paleo in the field. Some of my recent exploits include:
1) Eocene marine sequence stratigraphy, climate change and vertebrate taphonomy in Egypt [pdf]
Students interested in field-oriented paleo-strat problems should drop by. There's a lot to do.
Synthesis of fundamental stratigraphic and paleobiological data is critical to addressing many important questions, ranging from the global trajectory of biodiversity to long-term carbon cycling. I am involved in several relevant database initiatives
I currently teach: