Dr Alice Clement

Research Associate

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (131)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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.

Qualifications

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.

Honours, awards and grants
  • Flinders University Early Career Researcher impact Seed Funding

  • Vice Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researcher, Flinders University (2017)

  • Inez Johansson Scholarship, Uppsala University (2014)
  • Paterson Memorial Grant, Australian National University (2011)
  • 1854 Scholarship, Museum Victoria (2010)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian National University (2008-2011)
Research interests

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.

Teaching interests

Course Coordinator:

  • Life on Earth B (University of South Australia)

Lecturer:

  • Vertebrate Palaeontology (Flinders University)
  • Life on Earth B (University of South Australia)
  • Geobiology and the Evolution of Life on Earth (Australian National University)

Demonstrator/tutor:

  • Molecular Basis of Life (Flinders University)
  • Evolution of Biological Diversity (Flinders University)
  • Vertebrate Structure and Function (The University of Melbourne)
Supervisory interests
Neurology
Palaeontology
Vertebrate palaeontology
Publications
Further information

FLINDERS PALAEONTOLOGY GROUP

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.