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Associate Professor, Vertebrate Palaeontology Group, Flinders University

I am a leading vertebrate palaeontologist, specialising in the taxonomic circumscription and phylogenetic analyses of fossil birds of the Australasia - Pacific region with occasional forays into amphibia, reptilia and mammalia.

As a New Zealander, I have about 40 years research experience in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific, beginning work in the Museum of New Zealand and then was a private investigator for many years funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, NZ.

In late 2005, I moved to Australia to Adelaide University and obtained a PhD. I then had postdoctoral positions in Sydney (2009-2011) and Adelaide (2012) before moving to Flinders University in 2013 as a DECRA fellow then as Vice Chancellors Research Fellow. I now maintain research in an Emeritus capacity with full academic status.

I have published more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, plus several books and numerous other technical publications and been involved as a consultant in several television documentaries.


  • –present
    Research Palaeontologist - fossil birds, Flinders University


  • 2010 
    Waikato University, NZ, DSc
  • 2008 
    Adelaide University, PhD/Palaeontology