Montana

I conduct much of my fieldwork in the Belt Supergroup of Montana, where I discovered two new sources of early eukaryote microfossils in drillcore of the Chamberlain Formation and in road cuts of the Greyson Formation near White Sulphur Springs (below). These microfossils continue to provide new views into the biology and ecology of some of the earliest eukaryotes known on our planet.

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The expertise and resources at Montana State University and the University of Montana are key to advancing our understanding of the paleobiology and paleoenvironmental settings Belt Supergroup rocks. Specifically, I am indebted to members of the  Imaging and Chemical Analysis Laboratory at MSU for enabling electron microscopy of Belt microbiota, and to UM, the Belt Association and the Agouron Institute for maintaining the drill core facility at historic Fort Missoula (below). This unique facility contains over a million feet of drill core from central Montana that has been made readily available for micropaleontological recovery efforts.

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