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Research Biography

My interests involve the pathways and processes surrounding the evolution of birds, including the evolution of flight and flightlessness. I have experience investigating the taxonomy, systematics and phylogenetic relationships relating to the earliest representatives of the penguin clade (Sphenisciformes). My current focus is centred on the Rallidae, specifically assessing Oligocene-Miocene fossil interrelationships with respect to the modern radiation, using taxonomic and phylogenetic methods.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, First Class Honours, Geology/Vertebrate Palaeontology, University of Canterbury

Award Date: 13 Apr 2017

Bachelor of Science, Geology and Biology (double major), University of Canterbury

Award Date: 13 Dec 2013


  • QL Zoology
  • QE Geology
  • QH301 Biology


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