Tricia is Professor and former Chair in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She received her bachelor’s degree from College of Wooster and her PhD from Harvard University. She has taught geology and paleontology and served as Department Chair at the University of Mississippi and the University of North Dakota, and in 2003 completed a two year term as President of the Paleontological Society. Tricia’s research focuses on the evolution of Cenozoic mollusks. She did some of the first empirical tests of the theory of punctuated equilibrium and is one of the world’s authorities on predation on mollusks and its evolutionary consequences. Tricia became a Trustee in 2003 and President in 2004. She lives in Southport, North Carolina.