It began as dissertation research while a doctoral student at Baylor University in 2010. In 2019, it became a check mark on life’s bucket list for College of Idaho Associate Professor of Anthropology & Sociology Scott Draper.
In 2014 Blackwell began his career as a felony probation and parole officer where he was able to explore the field he had studied for so long. Eventually, he noticed a job opening at The College of Idaho.
A recent paper published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology on e-cigarette research done largely at The College of Idaho has begun to blaze new trails on the toxicity of e-cigarettes on human bone cells.