1) Establishment of a collection of insects from the middle Eocene Kishenehn Formation in northwestern Montana for the National Museum of Natural History, and taxonomic descriptions of new and unique specimens from that collection;
2) Attempts to understand the depositional environment of the sediments that preserved the insects, as well as the exact mechanism(s) of their preservation;
3) Identification and characterization of original biomolecular components of the organisms preserved in the Kishenehn Formation.
I am also enthusiastically engaged in communication of the rationale and importance of scientific research to the lay public. These activities include oral presentations to local organizations, interviews with the media, publication of articles in lay journals and publication of a book on ancient biomolecules.