Alex’s professional career is focused on two goals: 1) to better understand the relationships between evolution and climate through time, 2) to make the science of paleontology accessible to as many people as possible. Toward this mission, Alex has incorporated outreach into his daily workstyle, speaking at schools, tabling at events, and regularly participating in Skype A Scientist. Ancient life can be a phenomenal way to engage students in STEAM lessons. Using that enthusiasm, he has worked alongside educators to create lessons based on Titanoboa, the largest snake of all time (which he helped discover), dinosaur footprints, and ancient shark ecology. He also launched a program called “Comic Books and Dinosaurs”, which began as an after school program for middle school students to learn about the scientific process through comic books, as well as the intersection between art and science.
Alex has a Ph.D. from the University of Florida and a B.S. from Penn State University. He also worked as the Asst. Curator of Paleontology at the Virginia Museum of Natural History (2015–2018), was an International Museum Fellow at Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany (2013–2015), and a Temporary Instructor at Georgia Southern University (2012–2013).