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Research associate, Universidade de São Paulo (USP)

After serving in the military in Australia where I studied political science and mathematics, I went on to become a zookeeper, working my way into the field of Biology. Since 1993 I have been a professional biologist and picked up degrees in Software Engineering and Zoology, along with a Masters and PhD. I have taught at the University of Canberra in First year Biology and Ecology, 2nd Year Genetics and 3rd year Statistics.

My passion has always been anatomy and taxonomy. Permitting me to work on bot living ad fossil turtles where I have described species both extinct and living. I have named 10 taxa in total with approximately 120 academic publications including a book chapter for a University Text Book on Paleozoogeography of Vertebrates.

In recent years I have been living in the USA and Brazil where I am Curator of the Chelonian Research Institute and a research associate at the University of Sao Paulo.


  • 2017–present
    Adjunct associate, MZUSP
  • 2007–2014
    Adjunct professor, UC


  • 2015 
    MSc Zoology, UC
  • 2008 
    BSE, ANU
  • 1996 
    BSc, UC
  • 1984 
    B Political Science, RMCD

Professional Memberships

  • IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
  • IUCN Turtle Extinctions Working Group
  • IUBS Global Species Lists Working Group