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Associate professor, Flinders University

I scraped through year 12 and began a BSc at Flinders in 1987. After failing all first-year subjects except Biology I followed the path of least resistance into second and third year where I was introduced to evolution, palaeontology and the Australian biota. I studied kangaroo evolution for a PhD, then completed postdocs at the University of California, Naracoorte Caves and WA Museum before returning to Flinders in 2007. My research investigates links between patterns in Australian mammal evolution, extinction, biodiversity and environmental changes. I have spent much of the past 20 years retrieving old bones from caves or poring over the contents of museum drawers across the world.