R. Chris Tacker. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601-1029, USA. and Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 8208, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695, USA.
Chris Tacker has served for more than twenty years as Curator of Geology for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. He holds degrees in geology from UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland, and earned the doctorate from Rice University. His research crosses boundaries in several disciplines, mainly concerning apatite group minerals and mineral spectroscopy, but also includes biomaterials and Ediacaran fossils.