Position

Research Associate
College of Science and Engineering

Biography

My research is multidisciplinary encompassing evolutionary biology, vertebrate palaeontology & ichthyology.

I mainly focus on sarcopterygian fishes (known as "lobe-finned" fishes, such as coelacanths and lungfishes) and the earliest tetrapod-like fishes. My current research topics include palaeoneurology (fossil brains), 3D anatomy, phylogeny & the evolution of terrestriality (such as the development of limbs from fins, and the appearance of air breathing).

In particular, I use synchrotron & conventional tomography to create 3D models of osteichthyans (the "bony" fishes); ranging from early stem members of Devonian age to living animals.

Qualifications

B. Sc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Melbourne, in conjunction with Museum Victoria (2007). Supervised by Prof. John Long and Dr. David Young.

Ph.D (Palaeontology) from the Australian National University, Canberra, in conjunction with Museum Victoria (2012). Supervised by Prof. John Long, Prof. Tim Senden and Dr. Gavin Young.

Honours, awards and grants

  • Flinders University Early Career Researcher impact Seed Funding

  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researcher, Flinders University (2017)

  • Inez Johansson Scholarship, Uppsala University (2014)
  • Paterson Memorial Grant, Australian National University (2011)
  • 1854 Scholarship, Museum Victoria (2010)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian National University (2008-2011)

Teaching interests

Course Coordinator:

  • Life on Earth B (University of South Australia)

Lecturer:

  • Vertebrate Palaeontology (Flinders University)
  • Life on Earth B (University of South Australia)
  • Geobiology and the Evolution of Life on Earth (Australian National University)

Demonstrator/tutor:

  • Molecular Basis of Life (Flinders University)
  • Evolution of Biological Diversity (Flinders University)
  • Vertebrate Structure and Function (The University of Melbourne)

Research interests

I have projects available in both comparative neurology of extant primitive fishes, or in palaeoneurology of Devonian fishes.

I scan my specimens using either synchrotron or microCT and work with their resulting 3D datasets. I use 3D modelling software such as Mimics for segmentation and visualisation.

I am currently available for Honours supervision.Please contact me if you would like to discuss either of these areas further.

Supervisory interests

  • Neurology
  • Palaeontology
  • Vertebrate palaeontology

Publications

  • Clement, A.M., King, B., Trinajstic, K.M., Cloutier, R. and Long, J.A. (2017). An exceptional 3D coelacanth (Osteichthyes: Sarcopterygyii) from the Devonian of Australia and interpretation of fossil cranial endocasts. In Michal Ginter, ed. 14th International Symposium on Early and Lower Vertebrates. Warsaw, Poland: Special Publication of Ichthyolith Issues. 14th International Symposium on Early and Lower Vertebrates. Checiny, Poland. Jul 2017, pp. 31-32.
  • Long, J.A., Clement, A.M., King, B. and Choo, C.W.B. (2017). New information on the stem tetrapod group Canowindridae, based on synchrotron studies of Koharolepis from the Middle \Devonian of Antarctica. In Michal Ginter, ed. 14th International Symposium on Early and Lower Vertebrates. Warsaw, Poland: Special Publication of Ichthyolith Issues. 14th International Symposium on Early and Lower Vertebrates. Checiny, Poland. Jul 2017, pp. 55-56.
  • Trinajstic, K.M., Dupret, V., Johanson, Z., Burrow, C., Smith, M.M., Long, J.A., et al. (2017). A mechanism for tooth resorption in arthrodires. In Michal Ginter, ed. 14th International Symposium on Early and Lower Vertebrates. Warsaw, Poland: Special Publication of Ichthyolith Issues. 14th International Symposium on Early and Lower Vertebrates. Checiny, Poland. Jul 2017, pp. 75-75.
  • King, B., Clement, A.M., Choo, C.W.B., Young, G.C. and Long, J.A. (2018). It’s less than 2 cm long, but this 400 million year old fossil fish changes our view of vertebrate evolution.
  • Clement, A.M. and Long, J.A. (2016). A new brain warp technique that helps to reconstruct fossil brains.
  • Clement, A.M., King, B., Giles, S., Choo, C.W.B., Ahlberg, P.E., Young, G.C., et al. (2018). Neurocranial anatomy of an enigmatic Early Devonian fish sheds light on early osteichthyan evolution. eLife, 7 pp. 1-28.
  • Ziermann, J.M., Clement, A.M., Ericsson, R. and Olsson, O. (2017). Cephalic muscle development in the Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri. Journal of Morphology, 279(4) pp. 494-516.
    [10.1002/jmor.20784] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A., Long, J.A., Tafforeau, P. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2016). The dipnoan buccal pump reconstructed in 3D and implications for air breathing in Devonian lungfishes. Paleobiology, 42(2) pp. 289-304.
    [10.1017/pab.2015.41] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M., Challands, T., Long, J.A. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2016). The cranial endocast of Dipnorhynchus sussmilchi (Sarcopterygii: Dipnoi) and the interrelationships of stem-group lungfishes. PeerJ, 4 pp. Art: e2539.
    [10.7717/peerj.2539]
  • Clement, A.M., Strand, R., Nysjo, J., Long, J.A. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2016). A new method for reconstructing brain morphology: applying the brain-neurocranial spatial relationship in an extant lungfish to a fossil endocast. Royal Society Open Science, 3 pp. Art: 160307.
    [10.1098/rsos.160307]
  • Clement, A.M., Nysjo, J., Strand, R. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2015). Brain – endocast relationship in the Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri, elucidated from tomographic data (Sarcopterygii: Dipnoi) PLoS One, 10(10) pp. Art: e0141277.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0141277] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2014). The first virtual cranial endocast of a lungfish (Sarcopterygii: Dipnoi) PLoS One, 9(11) pp. Art: e113898.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0113898] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M. (2012). A new species of long-snouted lungfish from the Late Devonian of Australia, and its functional and biogeographical implications. PALAEONTOLOGY, 55(1) pp. 51-71.
    [10.1111/j.1475-4983.2011.01118.x] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M. and Long, J.A. (2010). Air-breathing adaptation in a marine Devonian lungfish. Biology Letters, 6(4) pp. 509-512.
    [10.1098/rsbl.2009.1033] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M. and Long, J.A. (2010). Xeradipterus hatcheri, a new dipnoan from the Late Devonian (Frasnian) Gogo Formation, Western Australia, and other new holodontid material. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 30(3) pp. 681-695.
    [10.1080/02724631003763482] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M. (2009). A new genus of lungfish from the Givetian (Middle Devonian) of central Australia. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 54(4) pp. 615-626.
    [10.4202/app.2008.0057.] [Scopus]
  • Long, J.A. and Clement, A.M. (2009). The postcranial anatomy of two Middle Devonian lungfishes (Osteichthyes, Dipnoi) from Mt.Howitt, Victoria, Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria, 66(2) pp. 189-202.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Clement, A.M., King, B., Giles, S., Choo, C.W.B., Ahlberg, P.E., Young, G.C., et al. (2018). Neurocranial anatomy of an enigmatic Early Devonian fish sheds light on early osteichthyan evolution. eLife, 7 pp. 1-28.
  • Ziermann, J.M., Clement, A.M., Ericsson, R. and Olsson, O. (2017). Cephalic muscle development in the Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri. Journal of Morphology, 279(4) pp. 494-516.
    [10.1002/jmor.20784] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M., Challands, T., Long, J.A. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2016). The cranial endocast of Dipnorhynchus sussmilchi (Sarcopterygii: Dipnoi) and the interrelationships of stem-group lungfishes. PeerJ, 4 pp. Art: e2539.
    [10.7717/peerj.2539]
  • Clement, A., Long, J.A., Tafforeau, P. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2016). The dipnoan buccal pump reconstructed in 3D and implications for air breathing in Devonian lungfishes. Paleobiology, 42(2) pp. 289-304.
    [10.1017/pab.2015.41] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M., Strand, R., Nysjo, J., Long, J.A. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2016). A new method for reconstructing brain morphology: applying the brain-neurocranial spatial relationship in an extant lungfish to a fossil endocast. Royal Society Open Science, 3 pp. Art: 160307.
    [10.1098/rsos.160307]
  • Clement, A.M., Nysjo, J., Strand, R. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2015). Brain – endocast relationship in the Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri, elucidated from tomographic data (Sarcopterygii: Dipnoi) PLoS One, 10(10) pp. Art: e0141277.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0141277] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M. and Ahlberg, P.E. (2014). The first virtual cranial endocast of a lungfish (Sarcopterygii: Dipnoi) PLoS One, 9(11) pp. Art: e113898.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0113898] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M. (2012). A new species of long-snouted lungfish from the Late Devonian of Australia, and its functional and biogeographical implications. PALAEONTOLOGY, 55(1) pp. 51-71.
    [10.1111/j.1475-4983.2011.01118.x] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M. and Long, J.A. (2010). Air-breathing adaptation in a marine Devonian lungfish. Biology Letters, 6(4) pp. 509-512.
    [10.1098/rsbl.2009.1033] [Scopus]
  • Clement, A.M. and Long, J.A. (2010). Xeradipterus hatcheri, a new dipnoan from the Late Devonian (Frasnian) Gogo Formation, Western Australia, and other new holodontid material. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 30(3) pp. 681-695.
    [10.1080/02724631003763482] [Scopus]

Professional and community engagement

Membership Secretary, Royal Society of South Australia

Academic Representative, Flinderrs University Palaeontological Society

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