Adam grew up in Granger, Indiana and has a B.S. in biology from the University of Notre Dame. He lived in Austin, Texas while earning a M.S. and Ph.D. in geology and paleontology from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked at Petrified Forest National Park since 2013, where he is the lead paleontologist. Adam is a research associate at the University of Texas Jackson School Museum of Earth History and the Museum of Northern Arizona.