Associate Professor / ARC Future Fellow in Palaeontology
School of Biological Sciences
I scraped through year 12 and began a BSc at Flinders in 1987. After failing all first-year subjects except Biology I followed the path of least resistance into second and third year where I was introduced to evolution, palaeontology and the Australian biota. I studied kangaroo evolution for a PhD, then completed postdocs at the University of California, Naracoorte Caves and WA Museum before returning to Flinders in 2007. My research investigates links between patterns in Australian mammal evolution, extinction, biodiversity and environmental changes. I have spent much of the past 20 years retrieving old bones from caves or poring over the contents of museum drawers across the world. I am the only tenured academic in the School of Biological Sciences who received his/her degree(s) from Flinders.
PhD Flinders University 1999
BSc (Hons) Flinders University 1992
I have been successful in attracting research grants totalling $4M since 2007, and have been project leader on an ARC Future Fellowship grant, four ARC Discovery Project grants and one ARC LIEF grant.
In 2014 I led the successful bid for Flinders Palaeo to be the focus of an Australian National Data Service Major Open Data Collections Project.
I have been awarded two Flinders Executive Dean of Science & Engineering Grants for the development of school / community outreach resources for the Bone Box (2010, 2012).
I have also received a National Geographic Research Grant (2011) and one Hermon Slade Foundation Grant (2011).
Joint leader of the Palaeontology Research Group;
Convener of the 2013 Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology & Systematics at Flinders University.
Biotic evolution, extinction, ecological and environmental changes through time.
: Palaeontology and Evolution