I am currently the principal investigator on a research project about sub-pixel detection of archaeological artifacts funded by a 3-year award from NASA. The program is currently underway at the Desert Research Institute, where I am also a faculty member. Over the past 10 years, I was principal investigator of numerous other National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, and U.S. Department of Education grants. My research interests include prehistoric human adaptation to arid environments of western North America, the transition from food collecting to food producing economies in the Southwestern U.S. and Egypt, the impact of technological change on prehistoric cultures, and applications of remote sensing and geoarchaeology to prehistory.
In addition to my research, I have been involved in a number of science education projects and other efforts to promote inquiry in a variety of scientific fields, including the Shadow Ridge High School/Tule Springs Earth Science Education Project, funded by NSF to develop a new earth science honors course based on authentic research for 9th grade students. I previously directed the Nevada Science Teacher Enhancement Project, a three-year in-service teacher training project program funded by the NSF’s Teacher Enhancement Program. I am committed to involving a greater diversity of students in math and science. I have been married for 32 years; my son graduated with a degree in neuroscience from the University of Nevada, Reno, and my daughter is currently majoring in mathematics at Carleton College in Minnesota. I am an avid runner, having completed 13 marathons and 19 half-marathons in the last nine years.