The award acknowledges his exemplary commitment to the protection of natural resources at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Some of his accomplishments include:
playing a key role in overseeing and improving the Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) program at Florissant since the mid-1990s, including initiation of the first 3D documentation of Florissant’s famous petrified stumps via photogrammetry in 2014.
overcoming exceptionally challenging logistics and technological limitations while developing an I&M protocol of the Eocene petrified forest in the Monument’s sister park, El Bosque Petrificado Piedra Chamana, Peru;
publishing a substantial volume of scientific publications, books, ande monographs on Florissant’s fossils; this includes his most recent acclaimed publication: Saved in Time: The Establishment of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (2012);
mentoring over 45 aspiring paleontology and museum professionals through Florissant’s intern program.