Postdoctoral research fellow, The University of Queensland

I am a post-doctoral research scholar at the University of Montana, and a member of the international research group PoLAR-FIT. The focus of this project is the climate and palaeoenvironment of the Canadian High Arctic during the Early to mid-Pliocene Warm Period, ~4 million years ago. We are particularly motivated by the puzzle of polar amplification of temperatures during past warm periods, that is, that the increase in temperature during global warm periods is uneven, and increases more at the poles than the equator. The Arctic is a critical part of the climate system, yet the combination of feedbacks driving temperatures at the poles are not known.

In 2014 I finished my Ph.D. at the University of Queensland in palaeontology, specifically on the palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate of the upper portion (Late Cretaceous) Winton Formation, of Central western Queensland. These 93 million year old rocks preserve a broad range of both plant and animal fossils with varying preservation, that can be used as proxies for climate and even suggest ecosystem interactions. Working with the communities in central-western Queensland, particularly in Isisford, has been an honour, and the landscapes are not to be missed if you get the chance to head west.

Experience

  • –present
    Research Associate in Palaeontology, The University of Queensland

Education

  • 2014 
    PhD, The University of Queensland

Honours

University of Queensland Future Leader