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John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Molecular and Life Sciences, Curtin University

I am a vertebrate palaeontologist, working mainly on placoderms in order to develop an understanding of the evolutionary origin the muscular/skeletal system in jawed vertebrates . Exceptionally rare fish fossils from the Gogo Formation, Australia; preserve not only the skeletons but the three-dimensional soft tissues. We are using tomography to virtually prepare the fossils thereby maintaining the integrity of the mineralised soft tissues.


  • 2017–present
    Professor, Curtin University


  • 2000 
    University of Western Australia, PhD


2011Finalist Eureka Prize 2010 Malcolm McIntosh Award for Physical Science2009 Top Ten New Species Discovery Award, 2007 Whitley Award (highly commended) technical writing 2003 Dorothy Hill Award