PhD Student, Palaeontology
Darren Hastie in the research lab.
Source: Museum Victoria
MV supervisor: Dr Erich Fitzgerald
Darren’s studies in palaeontology began with an undergraduate project identifying a sea scorpion (eurypterid) specimen at Museum Victoria from the Devonian Gogo Formation. For his BSc (Honours) research thesis, Darren switched to vertebrate palaeontology, analysing the ear region of a fossil seal from Beaumaris, Victoria. Darren commenced his PhD research on Neogene fossil sharks of Australia in 2011. He is co-supervised by Guang Shi (School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University).
Sharks are known from modern and fossil marine faunas worldwide. Despite the high profile of sharks in Australia today, we know comparatively little about how Australia’s shark diversity evolved through time. Darren’s research looks at the fossil remains of sharks in southeast Australia to determine past diversity patterns and historical biogeography over the last 23 million years. Using over 100-years-worth of collecting housed at Museum Victoria, Darren aims to examine the effect of changing environmental conditions on the assembly of Australia’s modern shark fauna.
Last updated 28 February 2013