Role: Phil maintains and enhances computer hardware and software for the Quaternary Environments group. He has written and modified numerous application programs that reformat, analyze and map pollen and climate data. Many of these applications were writen in Borland's Paradox ObjectPal, a data base language. These programs, with their common graphical interface, are collectively referred to as Pollen Analysis Tools (PATools) and simplify the access to data stored in the North American Pollen Database (NAPD). PATools output data were processed into the vegetation maps presented in this site. Phil also wrote the Java applet, Pollen Viewer, which is a highlight of this site's Vegetation Dynamics section. In addition, he evaluates new software products, such as statistics and graphic application programs, and enables the QE group to easily assimilate these new products. Phil is this web site's layout author.
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