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Douglass S Rovinsky

Associate research scientist, Monash University

My research interest lies at the intersection of functional ecology and palaeobiology: understanding the ecologic niche of extinct animals using the interplay of morphology and function. I use phylogenetic comparative methods, 3D digital imaging, and morphological data (3D geometric morphometrics and linear morphometrics) to investigate topics such as body size, feeding and locomotor ecology, and convergent evolution within an evolutionary framework.

I've done (and continue to do) research as a biologist on the thylacine (aka Tasmanian tiger) here in Australia, and 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!).


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Monash University


  • 2011 
    Grand Valley State University, BSc / Biology