Dr Gilbert Price


Dr Gilbert Price

My name is Dr Gilbert Price and I am one of the lead vertebrate palaeoecologists with the Vertebrate Palaeoecology Research Group at The University of Queensland. Without a doubt, the bulk of my research has been focused on the evolution, extinction and emergence of ecosystems throughout the Quaternary- the last 2.6 million years in the history of the planet. One of my primary research areas has been centered around developing the key datasets critical for testing hypotheses surrounding the timing and causes of extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna – the giant land mammals, birds, turtles, lizards and snakes that ruled Australia little more than 40 thousand years ago. I have also investigated the evolution and ecological significance of numerous small-bodied land faunas such as frogs, bandicoots and koalas and their response to past climatic change. I am also interested in understanding long-term ecological changes and anthropogenic impacts of coral reefs both in Australia and in the South China Sea.

I am the genus and species author of the extinct, enigmatic Invincible koala (Invictokoala monticola), an unusual rainforest-adapted species recorded from middle Pleistocene deposits of central eastern Queensland. I also described Sobbe’s long-nosed bandicoot (Perameles sobbei), a late Pleistocene species from the Darling Downs in southeastern Queensland. My other systematic work has also addressed numerous questions about the taxonomy of the extinct megafaunal Diprotodon– the largest land marsupial that the Earth has ever seen.

I conduct fieldwork mostly in Queensland, with key fossil sites on the Darling Downs (southeastern Queensland), Mt Etna region (central eastern Queensland), as well as numerous fossil sites in the north such as Chillagoe, Broken River, Mitchell-Palmer, and Floraville.

In addition to fieldwork, I am also trained in Uranium-series dating, both on the thermal ionization mass spectrometer (TIMS) and multi-collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICP-MS). My research also involves both radiocarbon (14C) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating.

When I am not researching, you might find me teaching the second year ERTH2002 Palaeobiology subject at The University of Queensland. It is basically a ‘history of life’ type course with plenty of hands-on fossil practical work, as well as a fieldtrip to a World-class Triassic plant fossil site just west of Brisbane.

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School of Earth Sciences
The University of Queensland
St. Lucia, QLD 4072

Richards Building, Room 209A

Phone: +61 7 3365 7980

Email: g.price1@uq.edu.au