Ms Kailah Thorn

Casual Academic

College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (124)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I came to South Australia in 2013 with a background in small mammal palaeoecology after spending 12 months based at the Western Australian Museum enhancing my shape recognition skills by sorting and identifying over 15,000 fossil specimens from a single assemblage. Since becoming part of the Flinders University Palaeontology team, my focus has shifted onto fossil reptiles, lizards and snakes being my favourite animals since childhood.

Now midway in my PhD candidature under the supervision of Professor Mike Lee and Dr Mark Hutchinson I have gained skills unique to Australian palaeontology, in identifying and characterising the disarticulated elements of fossil squamates previously lost from large scale excavations. Focussing primarily on skinks of the Egerniinae subfamily I have presented the results of my research thus far at three conferences and have submitted my first chapter for publication in an international journal.

Honours, awards and grants

-    South Australia’s Unsung Hero of Science Communication, finalist 2016

-    Riversleigh Symposium 2016 Student Presentation Award ($250)

-    Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology Jackson School of Geosciences Student Travel Award (USD$600)

-    ABRS National Taxonomy Research Grant Program: Student Travel Award ($1500)

-    Royal Society of South Australia: Small Research Grant 2017 ($2200)

-    3MT (3 Minute Thesis) Flinders University Finalist 2017

-    Romer Prize Session presenter at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Brisbane Oct 2019

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