Date started at Amherst: July 1986
Current position: Professor of Geology and, off and on for the last 10 years, I’ve been the Director of the Beneski Museum of Natural History
Various positions held at Amherst: Faculty member
Funniest experience at the College: My wife and I didn’t make it to the hospital when my daughter was born. She was delivered in my car.
What do you splurge on? Bicycles
Favorite thing to do outside of the College: I’m involved with my son in scouting.
Little-known fact about you: I was a figure skater as a child. I was good, since there weren’t many boys.
Celebrity sighting at Amherst College: Leslie Stahl (reporter for 60 Minutes)
Your coworkers think you are… lucky to be alive! I did a lot of mountaineering when I was younger.
What sideline or hobby do you have? I am an avid bicyclist. I bike between 4,000 and 5,000 miles per year.
One thing you would change about yourself: The color of my hair (gray)
What really sets you off? Pettiness
One product, trend or fashion you’d like to see return: ’70s music, or pop music before rap
People in high school thought you were… a serious student.
Strangest job you ever held: Looking for uranium in the tap water of hunting lodges in Northern Wisconsin
Dumbest thing you ever did: Didn’t beach a canoe, so it blew away from a very small island in a very large lake
Proudest moment: The birth of my children
Closing comment: I’m very proud to be a part of the museum. Love that Harvard, Yale and Amherst all have [natural history] museums and Williams doesn’t!