(PhD. 1993) I read a copy of the KSU Geology Newsletter (very nice, btw) the other day and, in so doing, was shamed into finally(!) sending an update as you had requested. You may use this as an entry in the alumni update sectiion if you like. Or not. Anyway…
I’m a Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. I started here as an instructor in 1992, when I was finishing my dissertation in invertebrate paleontology with Rod Feldmann. I have taught a variety of geology courses here and, for a few years, also at the Wallops Island (Virginia) Marine Science Consortium. These days, I teach mostly Invertebrate Paleontology, Introduction to Oceanography, a majors’ course in Environmental Geology, and Field Studies in the Geosciences. We have a good department here, with a long history of success by our geology grads. That, and the nice little town, and all of the green space and opportunities for outdoor recreation, have made this a very nice place to be and to raise a family.
I have a heavy teaching load but do stay involved in research year-round… semester breaks, especially. I study clawed lobster taxonomy and evolution using mostly morphological (less commonly molecular) data. I have, for example, been collaborating with some Asian taxonomists – marine biologists, actually – for about 15 years and, recently, made two trips to Taiwan to work with them directly. The most recent trip, May 21 – July 2, 2013, included a 4-day deep-sea collecting cruise (dredging and trawling for macrobenthos). Fantastic experience!
On the personal side… My sweetheart, Johnna, and I have been married for almost 28 years. We have a daughter, Clara (19) and son, Owen (16). Clara just finished her freshman year as an interior design major. She’s in a rigorous/compressed program (elsewhere) and came home exhausted, but I’ve never seen her happier. Owen will be a junior in high school. He is 6’3″ (wants to whoop his dad every day), a high jumper, an avid outdoorsman, and a future geology major! He competes in regional and state science fairs, etc., and has been informally shadowing some of our geology grads. All of this, believe it or not, with no pressure from me. Johnna returned to the workforce a few years ago, after several years of being a stay-at-home Mom. She is presently in the front office of the local elementary school, not always using her bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Computer Programming specifically, but enjoying the environment there. Johnna enjoys running. She has run a few marathons and stays on it even in the dark, snowy/icy winters here (we usually don’t see bare ground here between November and March).
My best wishes to all KSU Geology faculty, staff and late 80′s-early 90′s students. I would surely enjoy hearing from any of you. Even if all you want to say is, “wow – you still look the same!”. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.