My education and professional backgrounds are as follows:
I earned my B.A. in biology (1970) and M.S. in paleobotany (1973) at the University of Connecticut, and my Ph.D. in geology and palynology (1977) at the Pennsylvania State University. I did post-doctorate research in geology and paleobotany at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University (1989-1990), and worked closely with Professor Paul E. Olsen, one of the leading experts in the country on ancient climatic cycles and dinosaur evolution. I am the author or coauthor of 21 refereed scientific papers and two books, all on paleontological and/or geological subjects. I have 14 years experience in the oil industry, and was president of Geminoil, Inc., which successfully explored for and found oil on the East Coast in the early 1980's in Triassic age rocks thought to be barren of hydrocarbons. I was an integral part of the largest, NSF funded, continental coring project on the East Coast (1990-1992), which successfully recovered the first detailed history of the earth's climate preceding and during the early part of the age of dinosaurs.
During my doctoral studies at Penn State I discovered angiosperm-like pollen in rocks 100 million years older than the oldest accepted age for the flowering plants, and I publically announced my discovery not long after the majority of botanists had cast their vote for the dominant theory, which stated that no such fossils of that age could exist. Subsequent discoveries of leaves and flowers strongly support a Triassic rather than Cretaceous age for the oldest angiosperms. One of my most recent discoveries on this subject is acknowledged in the January 1995 issue of Discover magazine.
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