My interests revolve around the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian transition, including the Cambrian 'explosion' and the rise of multicellular life on Earth. In particular, I am interested in what Cambrian exceptionally-preserved deposits can tell us about the evolution of early animals and communities.
My PhD project focuses on 513 million-year-old early Cambrian trilobites from the Emu Bay Shale on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The Emu Bay Shale is a Konservat-Lagerstätte, or a fossil deposit that preserves the soft-parts of organisms as well as hard parts. These are rare and important windows into early life in the aftermath of the Cambrian ‘explosion’ – the largest animal biodiversification event in Earth’s history.