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.
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.
Flinders University Early Career Researcher impact Seed Funding
Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researcher, Flinders University (2017)
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.
Membership Secretary, Royal Society of South Australia
Academic Representative, Flinderrs 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.