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Hazel L. Richards

PhD candidate, Monash University

I am a PhD candidate at Monash University and Museums Victoria researching the functional morphology of Australia's extinct marsupial megafauna. I have ten years' experience in comparative anatomy teaching and research, and an undergraduate degree in Science Communication from the University of Western Australia.

I'm interested in what the structure and function of the musculoskeletal systems of living species can tell us about how extinct animals moved, fed and evolved. My work blends traditional anatomical techniques like dissection and comparative description with modern 3D approaches like CT/MRI, biomechanics and morphometrics.


  • 2020–present
    Research assistant, Museums Victoria
  • 2017–present
    PhD candidate, Monash University


  • 2021 
    Monash University, Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Sciences
  • 2013 
    University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Science (Hons)