Nursing - General
My research focus on the musculoskeltal (MSK) system, more specifically on tendon, its biology and how it related to other tissues of the MSK system. Tendons have historically been studied to a lesser extent than bones and muscles, and there is a lot we do not know about it. Tendons are difficult to heal, and we can only improve tendon healing by knowing more about it and about the tendon cells, called "tenocytes".
Biology - General
I have a relatively wide range of research interests. Primarily I am a vertebrate anatomist and enjoy working on topics related to comparative anatomy as well as the anatomy of humans. I maintain dermestid beetle colonies and have had several students work on projects involving dissection, skeleton preparation, and mounting of skeletons. One such project resulted in the red kangaroo skeleton display that is located in the first floor corridor of the Biological Sciences building. I am currently working on a project that involves 3D scanning also. As well as the anatomy I am interested in investigating observable patterns relating to vertebrate evolution, and have a history of working in vertebrate paleontology. In addition I am also interested in invertebrate biology and have several colonies of beetles, isopods, and other invertebrates that will be the subject of future research. Topics may include observing the interactions between species as well as the feasibility of using different species in skeleton preparation. I have also had students that have worked out in the field collecting invertebrates, identifying them, and comparing their abundance at different localities. Other potential areas of interest include phylogenetic analysis, and gross-level morphological comparative studies.
Art & Art History
My current artistic research and practice is primarily in the fields video, animation, 3D modeling, and installation with interest in cultural mythology and the landscape. My artistic and academic history in the field of photography. My work has been shown internationally in over 30 solo exhibitions and over 80 group exhibitions and festivals and is also included in the permanent collections of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS, and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY.