Position

Vice Chancellors Postdoctoral Fellow
College of Science and Engineering

Biography

I am a leading vertebrate palaeontologist, specialising in the taxonomic circumscription and phylogenetic analyses of fossil birds of the Australasia - Pacific region with occasional forays into amphibia, reptilia and mammalia. A New Zealander, I have about 33 years research experience in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific, beginning work in the Museum of New Zealand and then was a private investigator for many years funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, NZ. In late 2005, I moved to Australia to Adelaide University and obtained a PhD. I then had postdoctoral positions in Sydney (2009-2011) and Adelaide (2012) before moving to Flinders University in 2013. To date I have published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, 5 books and numerous other technical publications, and been involved as a consultant in several television documentaries.

Qualifications

  • DSc 2011, Contributions to understanding the avifauna of the southwest Pacific. Faculty of Science and Engineering, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, graduated 2 May 2011.
  • PhD 2008, Tertiary fossil waterfowl (Aves:Anseriformes) of Australia and New Zealand. Environmental Biology, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Universityof Adelaide, South Australia, 22 Dec. 2008.
  • MSc 1986 - Graduated 20 October, fossil frogs, Victoria University,Wellington.
  • MSc 1981 - Graduated 9 April, limnology, The University of Waikato, Hamilton.
  • BSc 1978 – Graduated 14 April, Science, The University of Waikato, Hamilton , NZ

Honours, awards and grants

  • 2012, Elected President of the Society Avian Paleontology and Evolution.
  • 2010, Meritorius Service Award from Ornithological Society of New Zealand
  • 2010 & 2011, University of New South Wales Goldstar awards, $40,000 pa for the Projects: The drowning of Zealandia: the role of dispersal in shaping New Zealand's fauna; PS19070, PS22963.
  • 2008, Elected Vice President of the Society Avian Paleontology and Evolution.
  • 2005, Elected as a Corresponding Fellow of theAmerican Ornithologists' Union for sustained research effort.
  • 2003, Awarded the D.L. Serventy Medal with R.N.Holdaway, by Birds Australia (Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union) for sustained research effort.
  • 2002-2007, Member of the Notornis Editorial Board.
  • 2001 - continuing, Member of the Checklist Committee,Ornithological Society of New Zealand.
  • 1989 – present, Honorary Research Associate in:Vertebrate Fossil Department, Museum of New Zealand.

GRANTS

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Flinders University. 2016-2019.
  • ARC DP180101913 Extricating an extinction history for megafauna mired in Australia’s largest necropolis at Lake Callabonna. Assoc. Prof. Trevor Worthy, Dr L. Arnold, Prof. Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, $416,584 (2018-2020).
  • ARC LIEF Grant LE170100177, L. Arnold; N. Spooner; G. Prideaux; R. Hill; A. Collins; J. Austin; J. Tibby; T. Worthy; P. Hesp; R. Popelka-Filcoff; M. Hutchinson; A regional optical dating facility in Australia; $290,000 (2017).
  • ARC DECRA DE130101133, Evolution, breeding biology, and extinction of giant fowl in Australia and the Southwest Pacific, $375,000 (2013-2015).
  • ARC Discovery Project DP120100486 (T Worthy, S Hand, S.W. Salisbury, R.P. Scofield, A.J.D. Tennyson), Determining the relative roles of dispersal and vicariance in the assembly of the New Zealand fauna $369,000 (2012-2014).
  • ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship on Linkage project LP0989969 (S Hand, M Archer, S Hocknull, T Worthy, J Woodhead, D Cendon, J Zhao, I Graham, J Scanlon, G Price, A Chivas, Environmental change in Cenozoic northern Australia: $900,000 (2009-2011).

Research expertise

  • Archaeology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Other earth sciences
  • Zoology

Research interests

Vertebrate faunas of Australia, the Pacific, and New Zealand, in particular the taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships of birds and their Tertiary and Quaternary evolutionary history, and how faunal composition responded to changes in climate and vegetation patterns over time.

  1. Oligo-Miocene avifaunas of Australia - taxonomy and phylogenetics. Current research focus on the landfowl radiation in Australia and the Pacific.
  2. Miocene fauna of New Zealand – description of the terrestrial vertebrates from the St Bathans Fauna, Otago, New Zealand, including frogs, squamates, birds, and mammals with several collaborators. Begun in 2001 in New Zealand and continued in Australia under various ARC Discovery projects, this research is the first major investigation of the terrestrial Miocene vertebrate faunas of NZ. Collaborating Investigators include Dr Suzanne Hand and Professor Michael Archer (University of NSW), Dr Steven Salisbury (University of Queensland), Alan Tennyson at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and Dr Paul Scofield at Canterbury Museum, Christchurch.
  3. The Quaternary avifauna of New Zealand, and how this relates to climate/vegetation, with emphases on palaeoecology and taxonomic issues. This involves collaborations with several researchers re work on moa and other birds. e.g., Drs Jamie Wood & Janet Wilmshurst, Prof. Alan Cooper Dr Nicolas Rawlence, Otago University, especially of birds.
  4. Pacific palaeofaunas. Current projects include New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Tonga and Mangareva, to determine the original prehuman faunal composition. Work to describe these faunas and the new taxa represented is in progress with several collaborators. The New Caledonian work is with Prof. A. J. Anderson, Australian National University; the Vanuatu work with Dr Stuart Bedford, Stuart Hawkins and Professor Matthew Spriggs of ANU; Tonga with Prof David Burley Simon Fraser Univ), and Mangareva with Prof Pat Kirch (Berkeley Univ).

Supervisory interests

  • Birds
  • Geological and fossil heritage

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Fossil Birds (3) ;

Associate supervisor : Fossil vertebrates (4) ;

Publications

  • Gill, B.J., Bell, B.D., Chambers, G.K., Medway, D.G., Palma, R.L., Scofield, R.P., et al. (2010). Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand, Norfolk and Macquarie Islands, and the Ross Dependency, Antarctica. 4th Edition ed. Wellington, New Zealand: Ornithological Society of New Zealand & Te Papa Press, Wellington.
  • Worthy, T. (2016). A case of mistaken identity for Australia’s extinct big bird. The Conversation,
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Worthy, T., Shute, E.R. and Prideaux, G.J. (2016). The world’s biggest cuckoos once roamed the Nullarbor Plain. The Conversation, 29 July 2016
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Lee, M. and Worthy, T. (2014). Flight of the kiwi. Australasian Science, 35(7) pp. 22-24.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Brook, B., Bradshaw, C., Cooper, A., Johnson, C., Worthy, T.H., Bird, M., et al. (2013). Lack of chronological support for stepwise prehuman extinctions of Australian megafauna. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(36) pp. E3368.
    [10.1073/pnas.1309226110] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H. (2012). Book Review: Extinct Birds, by J. P. Hume and M. Walters. Emu, 112 pp. 179-180.
    [10.1071/MUv112n2_BR1]
  • Tennyson, A.J.D., Palma, R.L., Scofield, R.P. and Worthy, T. (2010). Emending the species name for Lopdells’ penguin. NOTORNIS, 57(1) pp. 54-55.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Lopez De Pietri, V.S., Scofield, R.P., Tennyson, A.J.D., Hand, S. and Worthy, T. (2017). The diversity of early Miocene pigeons (Columbidae) in New Zealand. In C. Acosta Hospitaleche, F.L. Agnolin, N. Haidr, J.I. Noriega, C.P. Tambussi (eds), ed. Paleontología Y Evolutión de Las Aves. Proceedings of the 9th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, Diamante (Argentina), 1-6 August 2016. Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Buenos Aires, Argentina: Contribuciones del MACN 7. 9th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution. Diamante, Argentina, pp. 49-68.
  • Worthy, T. and Yates, A. (2017). A review of the smaller birds from the late Miocene Alcoota local faunas of Australia with a description of a new anatid species. In C. Acosta Hospitaleche, F.L. Agnolin, N. Haidr, J.I. Noriega, C.P. Tambussi (eds), ed. Paleontología Y Evolutión de Las Aves. Proceedings of the 9th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, Diamante (Argentina), 1-6 August 2016. Contribuciones del MACN 7. 9th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution. Diamante, Argentina, pp. 221-252.
  • Worthy, T.H., Worthy, J., Tennyson, A., Salisbury, S., Hand, S. and Scofield, R. (2013). Miocene fossils show that kiwi (Apteryx, Apterygidae) are probably not phyletic dwarves. In UB Göhlich & A Kroh, ed. Paleornithological Research 2013 - Proceedings of the 8th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution. Vienna, Austria: Naturhistorisches Museum Wein. 8th International Meeting Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution. Vienna, Austria. Jun 2012, pp. 63-80.
    [Web Link]
  • Hand, S., Beck, R.M.D., Archer, M., Simmons, N., Gunnell, G.F., Scofield, R.P., et al. (2018). A new, large-bodied omnivorous bat (Noctilionoidea: Mystacinidae) reveals lost morphological and ecological diversity since the Miocene in New Zealand. CRETACEOUS RESEARCH, 8(235) pp. 1-11.
  • Lopez De Pietri, V.S., Worthy, T., Prideaux, G.J. and Scofield, R.P. (2018). A new species of lapwing (Charadriidae: Vanellus) from the late Pliocene of central Australia. JOURNAL OF SYSTEMATIC PALAEONTOLOGY,
  • Mather, E.K., Tennyson, A.J.D., Scofield, R.P., Lopez De Pietri, V.S., Hand, S., Archer, M., et al. (2018). Flightless rails (Aves; Rallidae) from the early Miocene St Bathans Fauna, Otago, New Zealand. JOURNAL OF SYSTEMATIC PALAEONTOLOGY,
  • Mayr, G., Lopez De Pietri, V.S., Scofield, R.P. and Worthy, T. (2018). On the taxonomic composition and phylogenetic affinities of the recently proposed clade Vegaviidae Agnolín et al., 2017 ? neornithine birds from the Upper Cretaceous of the Southern Hemisphere. Biological Conservation, 86 pp. 178-185.
  • Shute, E., Prideaux, G.J. and Worthy, T.H. (2017). Taxonomic review of the late Cenozoic megapodes (Galliformes: Megapodiidae) of Australia. Royal Society Open Science, 4(6) pp. 1-72.
    [10.1098/rsos.170233] [Scopus]
  • Marshall, B.A. and Worthy, T.H. (2017). Miocene terrestrial land snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Pulmonata) from palaeo-lake Manuherikia, southern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 47(4) pp. 302-326.
    [10.1080/03036758.2017.1287101.]
  • Grellet-Tinner, G., Spooner, N., Handley, W.D. and Worthy, T. (2017). The Genyornis Egg: Response to Miller et al.’s commentary on Grellet-Tinner et al., 2016. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 61 pp. 128-133.
    [10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.12.025] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H., De Pietri, V.L. and Scofield, R.P. (2017). Recent advances in avian palaeobiology in New Zealand with implications for understanding New Zealand’s geological, climatic and evolutionary histories. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 43(3) pp. 177-211.
    [10.1080/03014223.2017.1307235] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T., Degrange, F.J., Handley, W.D. and Lee, M.S. (2017). The evolution of giant flightless birds and novel phylogenetic relationships for extinct fowl (Aves, Galloanseres). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 4(10)
    [10.1098/rsos.170975] [Scopus]
  • L De Pietri, V.S., Scofield, R.P., Hand, S.J., Tennyson, A.J.D. and Worthy, T.H. (2016). Sheathbill-like birds (Charadriiformes: Chionoidea) from the Oligocene and Miocene of Australasia. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 46(3-4) pp. 181-199.
    [10.1080/03036758.2016.1194297] [Scopus]
  • Lopez De Pietri, V.S., Scofield, R.P., Tennyson, A.J.D., Hand, S. and Worthy, T. (2016). Wading a lost southern connection: Miocene Fossils from New Zealand reveal a new lineage of shorebirds (Charadriiformes) linking Gondwanan avifaunas. JOURNAL OF SYSTEMATIC PALAEONTOLOGY, 14(7) pp. 603-616.
    [10.1080/14772019.2015.1087064] [Scopus]
  • Lopez De Pietri, V.S., Scofield, R.P., Zelenkov, N., Boles, W.E. and Worthy, T. (2016). The unexpected survival of an ancient lineage of anseriform birds into the Neogene of Australia: the youngest record of Presbyornithidae. Royal Society Open Science, 3(150635)
    [10.1098/rsos.150635] [Scopus]
  • Hawkins, S., Worthy, T., Bedford, S., Spriggs, M., Clark, G., Irwin, G.J., et al. (2016). Ancient tortoise hunting in the southwest Pacific. Scientific Reports  6(38317) pp. 1-6.
  • Handley, W.D., Chinsamy, A., Yates, A. and Worthy, T. (2016). Sexual dimorphism in the late Miocene mihirung Dromornis stirtoni (Aves: Dromornithidae) from the Alcoota Local Fauna of central Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 36(5) pp. Art: e1031345.
    [10.1080/02724634.2016.1180298] [10.1080/02724634.2016.1180298.] [Scopus]
  • Hamm, G., Mitchell, P., Arnold, L., Prideaux, G.J., Questiaux, D., Spooner, N.A., et al. (2016). Cultural innovation and megafauna interaction in the early settlement of arid Australia. Nature, 539 pp. 280-283.
    [10.1038/nature20125]
  • Grellet-Tinner, G., Spooner, N. and Worthy, T. (2016). Is the “Genyornis" egg of a mihirung or another extinct bird from the Australian dreamtime? Quaternary Science Reviews, 133 pp. 147-164.
    [Scopus]
  • Attard, M.R., Wilson, L.A., Worthy, T., Scofield, R.P., Johnston, P., Parr, W.C., et al. (2016). Moa diet fits the bill: virtual reconstruction incorporating mummified remains and prediction of biomechanical performance in avian giants. Proceedings of The Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences, 283(1822) pp. Art: 20152043.
    [10.1098/rspb.2015.2043] [Scopus]
  • Mitchell, K.J., Wood, J.R., Llamas, B., McLenachan, P.A., Kardailsky, O., Scofield, R.P., et al. (2016). Ancient mitochondrial genomes clarify the evolutionary history of New Zealand’s enigmatic acanthisittid wrens. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 102 pp. 295-304.
    [10.1016/j.ympev.2016.05.038] [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Worthy, T., Mitri, M., Handley, W.D., Lee, M.S., Anderson, A. and Sand, C. (2016). Osteology supports a stem-Galliform affinity for the giant extinct flightless bird Sylviornis neocaledoniae (Sylviornithidae, Galloanseres). PLoS One, 11(3) pp. Art: e0150871.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0150871]
  • Worthy, T., Handley, W.D., Archer, M. and Hand, S. (2016). The extinct flightless mihirungs (Aves: Dromornithidae): cranial anatomy, a new species and assessment of Oligo-Miocene lineage diversity. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 36(3) pp. e1031345.
    [10.1080/02724634.2015.1031345] [Scopus]
  • Weisler, M.I., Lambrides, A.B., Quintus, S., Clark, J. and Worthy, T. (2016). Colonisation and late period faunal assemblages from Ofu Island, American Samoa. Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 7(2) pp. 1-19.
  • Shute, E.R., Prideaux, G.J. and Worthy, T. (2016). Three terrestrial Pleistocene coucals (Centropus: Cuculidae) from southern Australia: biogeographical and ecological significance. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 177(4) pp. 964-1002.
    [10.1111/zoj.12387]
  • Worthy, T., Hawkins, S., Bedford, S. and Spriggs, M. (2015). Avifauna from the Teouma Lapita Site, Efate Island, Vanuatu, including a new genus and species of megapode. Pacific Science, 69(2) pp. 205-254.
    [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T. and Yates, A. (2015). Connecting the thigh and foot: resolving the association of post-cranial elements in the species of Ilbandornis (Aves: Dromornithidae). Alcheringa, 39(3) pp. 407-427.
    [Scopus]
  • Lopez De Pietri, V.S., Camens, A. and Worthy, T. (2015). A Plains-wanderer (Pedionomidae) that did not wander plains: a new species from the Oligocene of South Australia. Ibis, 157(1) pp. 68-74.
    [10.1111/ibi.12215] [Scopus]
  • Hand, S., Lee, D.E., Worthy, T., Archer, M., Worthy, J.P., Tennyson, A.J.D., et al. (2015). Miocene fossils reveal ancient roots for New Zealand’s endemic Mystacina (Chiroptera) and its rainforest habitat. PLoS One, 10(6) pp. e0128871.
    [Scopus]
  • Collins, C., Rawlence, N., Worthy, T.H., Scofield, R., Tennyson, A., Smith, I., et al. (2014). Pre-human New Zealand sea lion (Phocarctos hookeri) rookeries on mainland New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 44(1) pp. 1-16.
    [10.1080/03036758.2013.828761] [Scopus]
  • Lalas, C., Hamel, J., Tennyson, A. and Worthy, T. (2014). Southern extensions for Holocene records of Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) and New Zealand musk duck (Biziura delautouri) in New Zealand. NOTORNIS, 61(2) pp. 106-108.
    [Scopus]
  • Mitchell, K., Llamas, B., Soubrier, J., Rawlence, N., Worthy, T., Wood, J., et al. (2014). Ancient DNA reveals elephant birds and kiwi are sister taxa and clarifies ratite bird evolution. Science, 344 pp. 898-900.
    [10.1126/science.1251981] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H., Hand, S. and Archer, M. (2014). Phylogenetic relationships of the Australian Oligo-Miocene ratite Emuarius gidju Casuariidae. Integrative Zoology, 9(2) pp. 148-166.
    [10.1111/1749-4877.12050] [Scopus]
  • Nguyen, J., Boles, W., Worthy, T.H., Hand, S. and Archer, M. (2014). New specimens of the logrunner Orthonyx kaldowinyeri (Passeriformes: Orthonychidae) from the Oligo-Miocene of Australia. Alcheringa, 38(2) pp. 245-255.
    [10.1080/03115518.2014.861732] [Scopus]
  • Chambers, G. and Worthy, T.H. (2013). Our evolving view of the kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) and its allies. NOTORNIS, 60(3) pp. 197-200.
    [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H., Worthy, J.P., Tennyson, A. and Scofield, R. (2013). A bittern (Aves: Ardeidae) from the Early Miocene of New Zealand. PALEONTOLOGICAL JOURNAL, 47(11) pp. 1331-1343.
    [10.1134/S0031030113110154] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H., Tennyson, A., Scofield, R. and Hand, S. (2013). Early Miocene fossil frogs (Anura: Leiopelmatidae) from New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 43(4) pp. 211-230.
    [10.1080/03036758.2013.825300] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H., Anderson, A. and Sand, C. (2013). An extinct Austral snipe Aves: Coenocorypha from New Caledonia. Emu, 113(4) pp. 383-393.
    [10.1071/MU13019] [Scopus]
  • Wood, J., Wilmshurst, J., Richardson, S., Rawlence, N., Wagstaff, S., Worthy, T.H., et al. (2013). Resolving lost herbivore community structure using coprolites of four sympatric moa species (Aves: Dinornithiformes). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(42) pp. 16910-16915.
    [10.1073/pnas.1307700110] [Scopus]
  • Wood, J., Wilmshurst, J., Rawlence, N., Bonner, K., Worthy, T.H., Kinsella, J., et al. (2013). A megafauna's microfauna: gastrointestinal parasites of New Zealand's extinct moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes) PLoS One, 8(2) pp. e57315.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0057315] [Scopus]
  • Nguyen, J., Worthy, T.H., Boles, W., Hand, S. and Archer, M. (2013). A new cracticid (Passeriformes: Cracticidae) from the Early Miocene of Australia. Emu, 107(113) pp. 374-382.
    [10.1071/MU13017] [Scopus]
  • Hand, S., Worthy, T.H., Archer, M., Worthy, J., Tennyson, A. and Scofield, R. (2013). Miocene mystacinids (Chiroptera, Noctilionoidea) indicate a long history for endemic bats in New Zealand. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33(6) pp. 1442-1448.
    [10.1080/02724634.2013.775950] [Scopus]
  • Fitzgerald, E., Park, T. and Worthy, T.H. (2012). First giant bony-toothed bird (Pelagornithidae) from Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 32(4) pp. 971-974.
    [10.1080/02724634.2012.664596] [Scopus]
  • Gillespie, R., Camens, A., Worthy, T.H., Rawlence, N., Reid, C., Bertuch, F., et al. (2012). Man and megafauna in Tasmania: closing the gap. Quaternary Science Reviews, 37 pp. 38-47.
    [10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.01.013] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H. and Scofield, R. (2012). Twenty-first century advances in knowledge of the biology of moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes): a new morphological analysis and diagnoses revised. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 39(2) pp. 87-153.
    [10.1080/03014223.2012.665060] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H. (2012). A phabine pigeon (Aves : Columbidae) from Oligo-Miocene Australia. Emu, 112(1) pp. 23-31.
    [10.1071/MU11061] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H. (2012). A new species of Oligo-Miocene darter (Aves: Anhingidae) from Australia. Auk, 129(1) pp. 96-104.
    [10.1525/auk.2012.11204] [Scopus]
  • Wood, J., Wilmshurst, J., Worthy, T.H., Hopzapfel, A. and Cooper, A. (2012). A lost link between a flightless parrot and a parasitic plant and the potential role of coprolites in conservation paleobiology. Conservation Biology, 26(6) pp. 1091-1099.
    [10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01931.x] [Scopus]
  • Wood, J., Wilmshurst, J., Worthy, T.H. and Cooper, A. (2012). First coprolite evidence for the diet of Anomalopteryx didiformis, an extinct forest ratite from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 36(2) pp. 164-170.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Wood, J., Wilmshurst, J., Wagstaff, S., Worthy, T.H., Rawlence, N.J. and Cooper, A. (2012). High-resolution coproecology: using coprolites to reconstruct the habits and habitats of New Zealand's extinct upland moa (Megalapteryx didinus) PLoS One, 7(6) pp. e40025.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0040025] [Scopus]
  • Shepherd, L., Worthy, T.H., Tennyson, A., Scofield, R., Ramstad, K. and Lambert, D. (2012). Ancient DNA Analyses Reveal Contrasting Phylogeographic Patterns amongst Kiwi (Apteryx spp.) and a Recently Extinct Lineage of Spotted Kiwi. PLoS One, 7(8) pp. e42384.
    [10.1371/journal.pone.0042384] [Scopus]
  • Schwarzhans, W., Scofield, R., Tennyson, A., Worthy, J. and Worthy, T.H. (2012). Fish remains, mostly otoliths, from the non-marine Early Miocene of Otago, New Zealand. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 57(2) pp. 319-350.
    [10.4202/app.2010.0127] [Scopus]
  • Lee, M. and Worthy, T.H. (2012). Likelihood reinstates Archaeopteryx as a primitive bird. Biology Letters, 8(2) pp. 308-311.
    [10.1098/rsbl.2011.0884] [Scopus]
  • Rawlence, N.J., Metcalf, J.L., Wood, J., Worthy, T.H., Austin, J. and Cooper, A. (2012). The effect of climate and environmental change on the megafaunal moa of New Zealand in the absence of humans. Quaternary Science Reviews, 50 pp. 141-153.
    [10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.07.004] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H. (2011). Descriptions and phylogenetic relationships of a new genus and two new species of Oligo-Miocene cormorants (Aves: Phalacrocoracidae) from Australia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 163 pp. 277-314.
    [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H. and Boles, W. (2011). Australlus, a new genus for Gallinula disneyi (Aves: Rallidae) and a description of a new species from Oligo-Miocene deposits at Riversleigh, Northwestern Queensland, Australia. Records of The Australian Museum, 63 pp. 61-77.
    [10.3853/j.0067-1975.63.2011.1563] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H. and Bollt, R. (2011). Prehistoric Birds and Bats from the Atiahara Site, Tubuai, Austral Islands, East Polynesia. Pacific Science, 65(1) pp. 69-85.
    [10.2984/65.1.069] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H., Tennyson, A. and Scofield, R. (2011). An Early Miocene diversity of parrots (Aves, Strigopidae, Nestorinae) from New Zealand. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31 pp. 1102-1116.
    [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H., Tennyson, A., Hand, S., Godthelp, H. and Scofield, R. (2011). Terrestrial turtle fossils from New Zealand refloat Moa's Ark. Copeia, 2011(1) pp. 72-76.
    [10.1643/CH-10-113] [Scopus]
  • Irwin, G., Worthy, T.H., Best, S., Hawkins, S., Carpenter, J. and Matararaba, S. (2011). Further investigations at the Naigani Lapita site (VL 21/5), Fiji: Excavation, radiocarbon dating and palaeofaunal extinction. Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 2(2) pp. 66-78.
    [Web Link]
  • Rawlence, N., Scofield, R., Wood, J., Wilmshurst, J., Moar, N. and Worthy, T.H. (2011). New palaeontological data from the excavation of the Late Glacial Glencrieff miring bone deposit, North Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 41 pp. 217-236.
    [Scopus]
  • Wood, J., Wilmshurst, J., Worthy, T.H. and Cooper, A. (2011). Sporormiella as a proxy for non-mammalian herbivores in island ecosystems. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30 pp. 915-920.
    [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T.H., Tennyson, A. and Scofield, R. (2011). Fossils reveal an early Miocene presence of the aberrant gruiform Aves: Aptornithidae in New Zealand. Journal of Ornithology, 152 pp. 669-680.
    [Scopus]
  • Anderson, A., Sand, C., Petchey, F. and Worthy, T. (2010). Faunal extinction and human habitation in New Caledonia: initial results and implications of new research at the Pindai Caves. Journal of Pacific Archaeology, 1(1) pp. 89-109.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Holland, B.R., Spencer, H.G., Worthy, T. and Kennedy, M. (2010). Identifying Cliques of Convergent Characters: Concerted Evolution in the Cormorants and Shags. Systematic Biology, 59(4) pp. 433-445.
    [10.1093/sysbio/syq023] [Scopus]
  • Hyde, N.H.S. and Worthy, T. (2010). The diet of New Zealand falcons (Falco novaeseelandiae) on the Auckland Islands, New Zealand. NOTORNIS, 57(1) pp. 19-26.
    [Scopus] [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Scofield, R.P., Worthy, T. and Tennyson, A.J.D. (2010). A heron (Aves: Ardeidae) from the Early Miocene St Bathans fauna of southern New Zealand. Records of The Australian Museum, 62(1) pp. 89-104.
    [10.3853/j.0067-1975.62.2010.1542] [Scopus]
  • Tennyson, A.J.D., Worthy, T., Jones, C.M., Scofield, R.P. and Hand, S. (2010). Moa’s Ark: Miocene fossils reveal the great antiquity of moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes) in Zealandia. Records of The Australian Museum, 62 pp. 105-114.
    [10.3853/j.0067-1975.62.2010.1546] [Scopus]
  • White, A., Worthy, T.H., Hawkins, S., Bedford, S. and Spriggs, M. (2010). Megafaunal meiolaniid horned turtles survived until early human settlement in Vanuatu, Southwest Pacific. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(350) pp. 15512-15516.
    [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T., Hand, S., Nguyen, J.M., Tennyson, A.J.D., Worthy, J.P., Scofield, R.P., et al. (2010). Biogeographical and phylogenetic implications of an Early Miocene wren (Aves: Passeriformes: Acanthisittidae) from New Zealand. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 30(2) pp. 479-498.
    [10.1080/02724631003618033] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T., Tennyson, A.J.D., Archer, M. and Scofield, R.P. (2010). First record of Palaelodus (Aves: Phoenicopteriformes) from New Zealand. Records of The Australian Museum, 62(1) pp. 77-88.
    [10.3853/j.0067-1975.62.2010.1545] [Scopus]
  • Lentini, P.E., Stojanovic, D., stirnemann, I., Worthy, T. and Stein, J.A. (2007). Using fossil records to inform reintroduction of the kakapo as a refugee species. Emu, 107 pp. 178-185.
  • Easton, L.J., Rawlence, N.J., Worthy, T., Tennyson, A.J.D., Scofield, R.P., Easton, C.J., et al. (2018). Testing species limits of New Zealand’s leiopelmatid frogs through morphometric analyses. Scientific Reports  pp. 431-444.
  • Gill, B.J., Bell, B.D., Chambers, G.K., Medway, D.G., Palma, R.L., Scofield, R.P., et al. (2010). Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand, Norfolk and Macquarie Islands, and the Ross Dependency, Antarctica. 4th Edition ed. Wellington, New Zealand: Ornithological Society of New Zealand & Te Papa Press, Wellington.
  • Mayr, G., Lopez De Pietri, V.S., Scofield, R.P. and Worthy, T. (2018). On the taxonomic composition and phylogenetic affinities of the recently proposed clade Vegaviidae Agnolín et al., 2017 ? neornithine birds from the Upper Cretaceous of the Southern Hemisphere. Biological Conservation, 86 pp. 178-185.
  • Mather, E.K., Tennyson, A.J.D., Scofield, R.P., Lopez De Pietri, V.S., Hand, S., Archer, M., et al. (2018). Flightless rails (Aves; Rallidae) from the early Miocene St Bathans Fauna, Otago, New Zealand. JOURNAL OF SYSTEMATIC PALAEONTOLOGY,
  • Lopez De Pietri, V.S., Worthy, T., Prideaux, G.J. and Scofield, R.P. (2018). A new species of lapwing (Charadriidae: Vanellus) from the late Pliocene of central Australia. JOURNAL OF SYSTEMATIC PALAEONTOLOGY,
  • Hand, S., Beck, R.M.D., Archer, M., Simmons, N., Gunnell, G.F., Scofield, R.P., et al. (2018). A new, large-bodied omnivorous bat (Noctilionoidea: Mystacinidae) reveals lost morphological and ecological diversity since the Miocene in New Zealand. CRETACEOUS RESEARCH, 8(235) pp. 1-11.
  • Worthy, T.H., De Pietri, V.L. and Scofield, R.P. (2017). Recent advances in avian palaeobiology in New Zealand with implications for understanding New Zealand’s geological, climatic and evolutionary histories. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 43(3) pp. 177-211.
    [10.1080/03014223.2017.1307235] [Scopus]
  • Worthy, T., Degrange, F.J., Handley, W.D. and Lee, M.S. (2017). The evolution of giant flightless birds and novel phylogenetic relationships for extinct fowl (Aves, Galloanseres). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 4(10)
    [10.1098/rsos.170975] [Scopus]
  • Shute, E., Prideaux, G.J. and Worthy, T.H. (2017). Taxonomic review of the late Cenozoic megapodes (Galliformes: Megapodiidae) of Australia. Royal Society Open Science, 4(6) pp. 1-72.
    [10.1098/rsos.170233] [Scopus]
  • Marshall, B.A. and Worthy, T.H. (2017). Miocene terrestrial land snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Pulmonata) from palaeo-lake Manuherikia, southern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 47(4) pp. 302-326.
    [10.1080/03036758.2017.1287101.]
  • Grellet-Tinner, G., Spooner, N., Handley, W.D. and Worthy, T. (2017). The Genyornis Egg: Response to Miller et al.’s commentary on Grellet-Tinner et al., 2016. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 61 pp. 128-133.
    [10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.12.025] [Scopus]

Professional and community engagement

Am an editor for the Transaction of the Royal Society of South Australia and Zootaxa.

Was Aves editor for Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (2009-2018),

Review submitted papers for PloSOne, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, Palaeontology, Geobios, Auk, Emu, Notornis, Ibis, and many others

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