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Jacob C. Blokland

Vertebrate Palaeontology PhD Candidate and Casual Academic, Flinders University

I come from a small, rural area called Broadfields in Canterbury, New Zealand, with a background in geology and biological sciences, which I studied at University of Canterbury. Upon completing my Master of Science there, which focused on the description, comparison, palaeobiology and phylogenetics relating to Paleocene fossil penguins from Chatham Island, I moved to South Australia in 2018 to pursue my lifelong objective of studying palaeontology.

I am currently studying towards a Ph.D in vertebrate palaeontology at Flinders University, Australia, with a focus on Oligocene-Miocene members of the avian family Rallidae, and their evolution. My research interests relate to palaeoornithology, avian taxonomy, systematics, and phylogenetic methods.


  • 2018–present
    Vertebrate Palaeontology PhD Candidate , Flinders University


  • 2017 
    University of Canterbury, Master of Science (First Class Honours)
  • 2013 
    University of Canterbury , Bachelor of Science (Biology and Geology)


  • 2022
    Geobios, A new species of Manuherikia (Aves: Anatidae) provides evidence of faunal turnover in the St Bathans Fauna, New Zealand
  • 2019
    Palaeontologia Electronica, Chatham Island Paleocene fossils provide insight into the palaeobiology, evolution, and diversity of early penguins (Aves, Sphenisciformes)