Mr Jacob Blokland

Casual Academic

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I come from a small, rural area called Broadfields in Canterbury, New Zealand, with a background in geology and biological sciences, which I studied at University of Canterbury. Upon completing my Master of Science there, which focused on the description, comparison, palaeobiology and phylogenetics relating to Paleocene fossil penguins from Chatham Island, I moved to South Australia in 2018 to pursue my lifelong objective of studying palaeontology.

Under the supervision of Associate Professor Trevor H. Worthy and Professor Mike S. Y. Lee, I am currently working towards a PhD in vertebrate palaeontology. The focus of this research centres on the cosmopolitan and speciose bird family Rallidae, particularly Oligocene and Miocene fossils, and aims to shed light on the relationships of these ancient forms to their living counterparts, and the patterns and processes relating to the modern radiation. This project predominately involves taxonomic descriptions and comparisons of fossil forms, as well as a large component associated with phylogenetic inference.

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.), First Class Honours, 2017, Geology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand: "Bird fossils from the Takatika Grit, Chatham Island, New Zealand". Description, comparision and phylogenetic investigation of Paleocene penguin fossils from Chatham Island, New Zealand

  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Geology and Biology (double major), 2013, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Honours, awards and grants

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) short-term research scholarship, 2019 (£1,975 EUR)

Systematics Research Fund grant, 2020 (£609.92 GBP)

Royal Society of South Australia Small Research Grants Scheme ($1,500 AUD)

Mason Trust Research Grant

Golden Key International Honours Society (awarded 2011)