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.
2021 E.S.Hills Medal Geological Society of Australia
2020 Young Tall Poppy Award Australian Institute of Policy and Science
2017 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career ResearcherFlinders University
2022 Discovery Project Grant DP230101438 (CI) "Plastic Reptile Brains" Australian Research Council
2021 Discovery Project Grant DP220100825 (CI) “Devonian Gogo Fauna" Australian Research Council
2020 Discovery Project Grant DP200103398* “Brains Frozen in Time” Australian Research Council (*co-author)
2020 Research Consortium Funding (CI) "Virtual Australian Museum of Palaeontology" Flinders University
2018 Impact Seed Funding Flinders University
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.