Museum Scientist (Invertebrate Collections)
Phone: (510) 643-3254
His research: David is investigating the evolution of basket whelks (otherwise known as mud snails). "Mud snails are scavengers, often called 'vultures of the intertidal,' and they are of particular interest because they have been very successful since they first appeared in the tidal record. They are diverse and abundant in fossil deposits, and they're also easy to find today."
His work at UCMP: David joined the staff of UCMP in June 2002. He maintains the invertebrate collections, which include mollusks, brachiopods, corals, and insects.
Why UCMP? "The museum has a wonderful collection of Cenozoic mollusks, so I was glad to have the opportunity to join the staff. And I was already well acquainted with what Berkeley had to offer since I worked here several years ago organizing a collection that came to UCMP from the USGS in Menlo Park."