About us

View from Niu Cave, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Understanding past ecologies and accurately reconstructing fossil environments from the geological record is critical to modern palaeontological studies. Such analyses provide the necessary environmental background which influences and ultimately drive the evolution of all organisms. Moreover, understanding where our world’s current biota came from and how it has reacted to climatic disturbances in the past is critical to making evidence-based predictions of the future of our endangered ecosystems.

The Vertebrate Palaecology Research Group (VPRG) is part of the School of Earth Sciences at The University of Queensland, Australia. The aim of VPRG is develop, apply and interpret cutting-edge, multi-proxy palaeoecological techniques to the vertebrate fossil record. The VPRG is lead by Drs. Gilbert Price, Julien Louys and Kenny Travouillon, each of whom are trained in vertebrate palaeontology. The research interests of the VPRG are broad, spanning across Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions, to marsupial evolution and diversification, as well as geochronology of vertebrate fossil deposits.

 

Dr Julien Louys surveying a fossil site in western Kenya

Our study areas span the globe, from Africa to Asia to Australia, and the techniques we employ include morphology, biogeochemistry, synecology, sedimentology,  geochronology, paleobiology and taphonomy. We have many research projects available for any student interested in understanding the complex interaction between the physical and biological environment, and understanding the origin of many of today’s unique and fragile ecosystems.