Research Associate in the College of Science and Engineering, Flinders University

My research is multidisciplinary encompassing evolutionary biology, vertebrate palaeontology and ichthyology.

I mainly focus on sarcopterygian fishes (known as "lobe-finned" fishes, such as lungfishes) and the earliest tetrapod-like fishes. My current research topics include brain/endocast & general cranial 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 to living lungfishes. I use a range of software for 3D data processing, image rendering & animation/visualisation.

Experience

  • –present
    Research Associate in the School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University

Education

  • 2012 
    Australian National University, PhD (Palaeontology)