Elected a Fellow of the Paleontological Society, 2007
Named "Most Influential Professor" in the Natural Sciences by the Franklin & Marshall class of 2003
Recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundations Award for Distinguished Teaching, Franklin & Marshall, 1982
John Williamson Nevin Professor
Ph.D. 1971, Harvard University
M.A. 1965, Harvard University
B.Sc., A.R.C.S. 1963, Imperial College, University of London
Teaching: historical geology, paleontology (emphasis on quantitative methods), evolutionary biology, and the evolution of complex systems in nature.
Research Interests: growth, form and function of animal skeletons, especially shells of bivalved molluscs. Current projects: pattern of exploitation of potential skeletal designs, paleobiology and evolution of arcoid bivalves, evolution of complexity, significance of the Galapagos in writings of Darwin, Melville and Vonnegut.