I am an evolutionary biologist and palaeontologist, most interested in early vertebrates. This means I study fish and tetrapods (the first terrestrial vertebrates), and in particular the changes that occurred in their bodies over deep geological time. This spectacular transition is arguably the greatest step in evolution, and occurred close to 400 million years ago in a time period known as the Devonian.
I enjoy working on spectacular fossils as well as studying the animals that live today to answer questions about vertebrate evolution. I use modern scanning and imaging techniques (such as CT, synchrotron and neutron imaging) to uncover deep mysteries of the past, and better understand our very own evolutionary history.
I am leading the research node in early vertebrate brain evolution (palaeoneurology) at Flinders Univeristy but also work on other vertebrate groups (birds, mammals etc), and other projects relating to the evolution of terrestriality -such as the development of limbs from fins, and the appearance of air breathing.
I am the leader of VAMP, a Flinders University initiative to set up a Virtual Australian Museum of Palaeontology, Program Secretary of the Royal Society of South Australia, and a strong advocate for Women in STEM.
For the most up-to-date information about my research and outreach activites, please see: www.draliceclement.com
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.
2020 Flinders University CRIF Research Consortium Scheme
2020 ANSTO Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering Beamtime
2020* ARC Discovery Project DP200103398 “Brains Frozen in Time” (*Co-author)
2019 eLife Travel Grant (2019)
2019* ANSTO Australian Synchrotron Beamtime (*Co-Proposer)
2018 Flinders University Early Career Researcher Impact Seed Funding
2018 ANSTO Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering Beamtime
2018* ESRF European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (*Co-Proposer)
2017 Flinders University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researcher
I have Course Coordinator experience (BIOL2046 Life on Earth B at the University of South Australia), in addition to lecturing across several topics at Flinders, as well as other univerisities (e.g EMSC2019 Geobiology and the Evolution of Life on Earth at Australian National University).
Furthermore, I have worked in a Demonstrator/Tutor capacity for the following topics:
Royal Society of South Australia
Flinders University Palaeontological Society
I am part of the Flinders Palaeontology Group, one of the best places in Australia to study the deep history of life. This consists of the labs of the following academic staff and research fellows (and their research groups) addressing questions across all vertebrates - from fish to mammals, and the Cambrian to the Anthropocene.
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