Douglass Rovinsky

PhD Candidate, Monash University

I'm a PhD candidate in the Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology at Monash University. My PhD, the evolutionary context and functional ecology of the thylacine, brings together my interests in living and extinct animals. I received my BSc in Biology at Grand Valley State University, MI, USA (yep, I'm American) way back in 2011, and moved to Australia in 2016 to undertake the PhD.

I've done (and continue to do) research as a palaeontologist in ancient cave sites in South Africa, including the famous Drimolen site in the UNESCO Cradle of Humankind, South Africa - a site recovering an amazing assortment of extinct and currently living animals (including three species of human ancestor!). My PhD is currently submitted and in review (fingers crossed!) and I am looking forward to continuing to explore the amazing fauna of Australia - both living and extinct!


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Monash University


  • 2011 
    Grand Valley State University, BSc / Biology