I have long been a museum junkie with overlapping interests in the sciences and the humanities. Born in Chicago, I haunted the Field Museum in my youth, then worked for several years as a collections assistant and fossil preparator in its Geology Department. I graduated from Augustana College with a B.A. degree in history and a minor in geology. A chance encounter with the grinning skull of a fossil oreodont on a White River badlands summer field course got me hooked on paleontology. Later, I completed a Ph.D. in history of science at the University of Minnesota. A bibliophile and an avid traveler, I am equally at home in the library or in the field.
Ph.D. History of science and technology University of Minnesota 2005
Area(s) of Expertise
History of science, especially vertebrate paleontology and geology; museum history; Charles Darwin and other nineteenth and early twentieth century naturalists