I would very much like to thank the paleontological society for awarding me this honor and adding my name to the roster of distinguished Strimple awardees.

Paleontology has given me so much personal pleasure and satisfaction that I find it particularly rewarding to also get recognition from the paleontological community.

I read a one year's course in mineralogy and hard rock geology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and those experiences must have stayed with me when I looked for outdoor activities while living in Seattle with my family. I still have my first fossils, Miocene Mytilus specimens from...

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