Research in our lab covers a range of fields, and projects are typically devised based on a student's background and research interest. Specific research areas for potential Honours and PhD students in the Vertebrate Palaeontology and Biomechanics Lab include:
- Dinosaur tracks of the Broome Sandstone, Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. Multiple projects available (funded through our current ARC Discovery grant)
- Description and interpretation of new sauropod dinosaur fossils from the Winton Formation of central-western Queensland
- Evolution of Australian Mesozoic crocodilians
- Evolution of Australasian Cenozoic crocodilians
- Activation of the axial musculature during high-walking in crocodilians
- Biomechanics of lung ventilation in crocodilians
- Osteoderm development and bone growth Crocodylus porosus
- Freshwater fishes from the Winton Formation of central-western Queensland
- Swimming kinematics in semi-aquatic Australian reptiles
- Locomotor kinematics and bracing mechanics in varanids
- Geology of dinosaur sites in the Winton Formation of central-western Queensland
Good spoken and written English is desirable. Applicants should ideally have a background in either palaeontology, ichnology, comparative anatomy, biomechanics, sedimentary geology, or digital 3D visualisation Please send expressions of interest, along with a CV and academic transcript, to Dr Steve Salisbury.
Find out about Honours in the School of Biological Sciences.
Acceptance into UQ's PhD program is contingent on a meeting the UQ entry requirements. Overseas applications are encouraged, as the School of Biological Sciences has made available a number of competitive international PhD scholarships. Find out about:
- how to enrol in UQ’s Research Higher Degree program
- International PhD scholarships in School of Biological Sciences
- International PhD scholarships offered at The University of Queensland
- PhD scholarships for Australian students offered at The University of Queensland.