Position/s

Associate Professor / ARC Future Fellow in Palaeontology
School of Biological Sciences

Biography

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.

Qualifications

PhD Flinders University 1999
BSc (Hons) Flinders University 1992

Honours, awards and grants

  1. Flinders University Researcher of the Year (2013);
  2. Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship (2013);
  3. Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Award for an Early Career Researcher (2010);
  4. ARC Research Fellowship (2007);
  5. Best Student Paper, Conference on Australian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics (1997);
  6. Inaugural University of California Museum of Paleontology International Student Award (1996).

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).

Key responsibilities

Joint leader of the Palaeontology Research Group;
Convener of the 2013 Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology & Systematics at Flinders University.

Teaching interests

Biotic evolution, extinction, ecological and environmental changes through time.

Topic Lecturer:

  • BIOL1101  Evolution of Biological Diversity
  • BIOL3700  Research Projects in Biology
  • BIOL3703  Vertebrate Palaeontology

Research expertise

  • Evolutionary biology

Supervisory interests

  • Mammal evolution
  • Vertebrate palaeontology

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Palaeontology and Evolution (5) ;

Publications

  • Warburton, N.M. and Prideaux, G.J. (2010). Functional pedal morphology of the extinct tree-kangaroo Bohra (Diprotodontia: Macropodidae) In Graeme Coulson and Mark Eldridge, ed. Macropods: The Biology of Kangaroos, Wallabies and Rat-kangaroos. Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing, pp. 137-151.
  • Prideaux, G.J. (2006). Mid-Pleistocene vertebrate records: Australia. In S. Elias, ed. Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science. London, UK: Elsevier, pp. 1517-1537.
    [10.1016/B0-44-452747-8/00258-1]
  • Reed, E.H., Bourne, S.J., Megirian, D., Prideaux, G.J. and Young, G.C. (2006). Editors.
  • Prideaux, G.J. (2004). Systematics and evolution of the sthenurine kangaroo. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Wells, R.T. and Prideaux, G.J. (2006). Dwarf specimens of Zygomaturus from Black Creek Swamp, Flinders Chase National Park. In Alcheringa : CAVEPS 2005 abstracts. Sydney: Taylor and Francis. 10th Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology & Systematics and Quaternary Extinctions Symposium. Mar 2005, pp. 471-471.
  • Prowse, T., Correll, R., Johnson, C., Prideaux, G.J. and Brook, B. (2015). Empirical tests of harvest-induced body-size evolution along a geographic gradient in Australian macropods. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84(1) pp. 299-309.
    [10.1111/1365-2656.12273] [Scopus]
  • McDowell, M., Prideaux, G.J., Walshe, K., Bertuch, F. and Jacobsen, G. (2015). Re-evaluating the Late Quaternary fossil mammal assemblage of Seton Rockshelter, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, including the evidence for late-surviving megafauna. Journal of Quaternary Science, 30 pp. 000-000.
  • McDowell, M., Haouchar, D., Aplin, K., Bunce, M., Baynes, A. and Prideaux, G.J. (2015). Morphological and molecular evidence supports specific recognition of the recently extinct Bettongia anhydra (Marsupialia: Macropodidae) Journal of Mammalogy, 96(2) pp. 287-296.
    [10.1093/jmammal/gyv006] [Scopus]
  • Arman, S. and Prideaux, G.J. (2015). Dietary classification of extant kangaroos and their relatives (Marsupialia: Macropodoidea) Austral Ecology, 40 pp. 000-000.
  • Correll, R., Prowse, T. and Prideaux, G.J. (2015). Lean-season primary productivity and heat dissipation as key drivers of geographic body-size variation in a widespread marsupial. Ecography, 38
    [10.1111/ecog.01243] [Scopus]
  • Haouchar, D., Haile, J., McDowell, M., Murray, D., White, N., Allcock, R., et al. (2014). Thorough assessment of DNA preservation from fossil bone and sediments excavated from a late Pleistocene-Holocene cave deposit on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 84 pp. 56-64.
    [10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.11.007] [Scopus]
  • Murray, D., Haile, J., Dortch, J., White, N., Haouchar, D., Bellgard, M., et al. (2013). Scrapheap Challenge: A novel bulk-bone metabarcoding method to investigate ancient DNA in faunal assemblages. Scientific Reports, 3(3371) pp. 1-8.
    [10.1038/srep03371] [Scopus]
  • McDowell, M., Bestland, E., Bertuch, F., Ayliffe, L., Hellstrom, J., Jacobsen, G., et al. (2013). Chronology, stratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental interpretation of a Late Pleistocene to mid-Holocene cave accumulation on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Boreas, 42(4) pp. 974-994.
    [10.1111/bor.12015] [Scopus]
  • Macken, A., Prideaux, G. and Reed, E.H. (2012). Variation and pattern in the responses of mammal faunas to Late Pleistocene climatic change in southeastern South Australia. Journal of Quaternary Science, 27(4) pp. 415-424.
    [10.1002/jqs.1563] [Scopus]
  • McDowell, M.C., Baynes, A., Medlin, G. and Prideaux, G. (2012). The impact of European colonization on the late-Holocene non-volant mammals of Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. The Holocene, 22(12) pp. 1441-1450.
    [10.1177/0959683612455542] [Scopus]
  • Prideaux, G.J. and Tedford, R. (2012). Tjukuru wellsi, gen. et sp. nov., a lagostrophine kangaroo (Diprotodontia, Macropodidae) from the Pliocene (Tirarian) of northern South Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 32(3) pp. 717-721.
    [10.1080/02724634.2012.652323] [Scopus]
  • Warburton, N., Harvey, K., Prideaux, G.J. and O'Shea, J. (2011). Functional morphology of the forelimb of living and extinct tree-kangaroos (Marsupialia: Macropodidae) Journal of Morphology, 272(10) pp. 1230-1244.
    [10.1002/jmor.10979] [Scopus]
  • Macken, A., Jankowski, N., Price, G., Bestland, E., Reed, E.H., Prideaux, G., et al. (2011). Application of sedimentary and chronological analyses to refine the depositional context of a Late Pleistocene vertebrate deposit, Naracoorte, South Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30(19-20) pp. 2690-2702.
    [10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.05.023] [Scopus]
  • Laurance, W., Dell, B., Turton, S., Lawes, M., Hutley, L., McCallum, H., et al. (2011). The 10 Australian ecosystems most vulnerable to tipping points. Biological Conservation, 144(5) pp. 1472-1480.
    [10.1016/j.biocon.2011.01.016] [Scopus]
  • Megirian, D., Prideaux, G.J., Murray, P. and Smit, N. (2010). An Australian land mammal age biochronological scheme. Paleobiology, 36 pp. 658-671.
    [10.1666/09047.1] [Scopus]
  • Prideaux, G.J. and Warburton, N.M. (2010). An osteology-based appraisal of the phylogeny and evolution of kangaroos and wallabies (Macropodidae, Marsupialia) Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 159(4) pp. 954-987.
    [10.1111/j.1096-3642.2009.00607.x] [Scopus]
  • Prideaux, G.J., Gully, G.A., Couzens, A.M.C., Ayliffe, L.K., Jankowski, N.R., Jacobs, Z., et al. (2010). Timing and dynamics of Late-Pleistocene mammal extinctions in southwestern Australia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(51) pp. 22157-22162.
    [10.1073/pnas.1011073107] [Scopus]
  • Prideaux, G.J., Ayliffe, L.K., DeSantis, L.R., Schubert, B.W., Murray, P., Gagan, M., et al. (2009). Extinction implications of a chenopod browse diet for a giant Pleistocene kangaroo. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(28) pp. 11646-11650.
    [10.1073/pnas.0900956106] [Scopus]
  • Prideaux, G.J. and Warburton, N.M. (2009). Bohra nullarbora sp. nov., a second tree-kangaroo (Marsupialia: Macropodidae) from the Pleistocene of the Nullarbor Plain, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, 25(2) pp. 165-179.
  • Ayliffe, L.K., Prideaux, G.J., Bird, M.I., Grun, R., Roberts, R.G., Gully, G.A., et al. (2008). Age constraints on Pleistocene megafauna at Tight Entrance Cave in southwestern Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 27(17-18) pp. 1784-1788.
    [10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.07.008] [Scopus]
  • Prideaux, G.J. and Warburton, N.M. (2008). A new Pleistocene tree-kangaroo (Diprotodontia: Macropodidae) from the Nullarbor Plain of south-central Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 28(2) pp. 463-478.
    [10.1671/0272-4634(2008)28[463:ANPTDM]2.0.CO;2] [Scopus]
  • Prideaux, G.J., Roberts, R.G., Megirian, D., Westaway, K.E., Hellstrom, J.C. and Olley, J.M. (2007). Mammalian responses to Pleistocene climate change in southeastern Australia. Geology, 35(1) pp. 33-36.
    [10.1130/G23070A.1] [Scopus]
  • Prideaux, G.J., Long, J.A., Ayliffe, L.K., Hellstrom, J.C., Pillans, B., Boles, W.E., et al. (2007). An arid-adapted middle Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from south-central Australia. Nature, 445(7126) pp. 422-425.
    [10.1038/nature05471] [Scopus]
  • Tedford, R.H., Wells, R.T. and Prideaux, G.J. (2006). Pliocene and earlier pleistocene marsupial evolution in southeastern Australia. Alcheringa, 30(1S) pp. 313-322.
    [10.1080/03115510609506870] [Scopus]
  • Johnson, C.N. and Prideaux, G.J. (2004). Extinctions of herbivorous mammals in the late Pleistocene of Australia in relation to their feeding ecology: No evidence for environmental change as cause of extinction. Austral Ecology, 29 pp. 553-557.
    [10.1111/j.1442-9993.2004.01389.x] [Scopus]
  • Westerman, M., Burk, A., Amrine-Madsen, H.M., Prideaux, G.J., Case, J.A. and Springer, M.S. (2002). Molecular evidence for the last survivor of an ancient kangaroo lineage. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 9(3) pp. 209-223.
    [10.1023/A:1022697300092] [Scopus]
  • Roberts, R.G., Yoshida, H., Flannery, T.F., Ayliffe, L.K., Olley, J.M., Prideaux, G.J., et al. (2001). Archaeology and Australian Megafauna (Technical Comment) Science, 294(7) pp. 7a-7a.
    [10.1126/science.294.5540.7a]
  • Roberts, R.G., Flannery, T.F., Ayliffe, L.K., Yoshida, H., Olley, J.M., Prideaux, G.J., et al. (2001). New Ages for the Last Australian Megafauna: Continent-Wide Extinction About 46,000 Years Ago. Science, 292(5523) pp. 1888-1892.
    [10.1126/science.1060264]
  • Prideaux, G.J. (2004). Systematics and evolution of the sthenurine kangaroo. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Warburton, N.M. and Prideaux, G.J. (2010). Functional pedal morphology of the extinct tree-kangaroo Bohra (Diprotodontia: Macropodidae) In Graeme Coulson and Mark Eldridge, ed. Macropods: The Biology of Kangaroos, Wallabies and Rat-kangaroos. Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing, pp. 137-151.
  • Prideaux, G.J. (2006). Mid-Pleistocene vertebrate records: Australia. In S. Elias, ed. Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science. London, UK: Elsevier, pp. 1517-1537.
    [10.1016/B0-44-452747-8/00258-1]
  • McDowell, M., Prideaux, G.J., Walshe, K., Bertuch, F. and Jacobsen, G. (2015). Re-evaluating the Late Quaternary fossil mammal assemblage of Seton Rockshelter, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, including the evidence for late-surviving megafauna. Journal of Quaternary Science, 30 pp. 000-000.
  • McDowell, M., Haouchar, D., Aplin, K., Bunce, M., Baynes, A. and Prideaux, G.J. (2015). Morphological and molecular evidence supports specific recognition of the recently extinct Bettongia anhydra (Marsupialia: Macropodidae) Journal of Mammalogy, 96(2) pp. 287-296.
    [10.1093/jmammal/gyv006] [Scopus]
  • Correll, R., Prowse, T. and Prideaux, G.J. (2015). Lean-season primary productivity and heat dissipation as key drivers of geographic body-size variation in a widespread marsupial. Ecography, 38
    [10.1111/ecog.01243] [Scopus]
  • Arman, S. and Prideaux, G.J. (2015). Dietary classification of extant kangaroos and their relatives (Marsupialia: Macropodoidea) Austral Ecology, 40 pp. 000-000.
  • Prowse, T., Correll, R., Johnson, C., Prideaux, G.J. and Brook, B. (2015). Empirical tests of harvest-induced body-size evolution along a geographic gradient in Australian macropods. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84(1) pp. 299-309.
    [10.1111/1365-2656.12273] [Scopus]
  • Haouchar, D., Haile, J., McDowell, M., Murray, D., White, N., Allcock, R., et al. (2014). Thorough assessment of DNA preservation from fossil bone and sediments excavated from a late Pleistocene-Holocene cave deposit on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 84 pp. 56-64.
    [10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.11.007] [Scopus]
  • Murray, D., Haile, J., Dortch, J., White, N., Haouchar, D., Bellgard, M., et al. (2013). Scrapheap Challenge: A novel bulk-bone metabarcoding method to investigate ancient DNA in faunal assemblages. Scientific Reports, 3(3371) pp. 1-8.
    [10.1038/srep03371] [Scopus]

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  • Ecology
  • Palaeontology

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