Kat Pawley

Collections Registrations Officer

Dr Kat Pawley is a palaeontologist with a background in botany and zoology.

Kat Pawley
Kat Pawley
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Born in London and raised in Australia, Dr Pawley’s interest in the natural history of Victoria began with that of the indigenous flora. Early in her working life she was the stock manager for an indigenous plant nursery, and subsequently collected native plant seed for re-vegetation.

Dr Pawley completed her PhD in Vertebrate Palaeontology at La Trobe University in 2006. Dr Pawley’s PhD focused on early tetrapods, in particular the postcranial skeleton of temnospondyls. Studies included detailed descriptions of Permian and Triassic temnospondyls from North America and South Africa, and systematic reviews of ontogeny and phylogenetic variation in the postcranial skeletons of temnospondyls and other early tetrapods.

Current activities

Collection registration

Dr Kat Pawley is currently employed as a Collections Registrations Officer in Palaeontology, which involves a wide range of taxa in Invertebrate and Vertebrate Palaeontology, Palaeobotany, and Micropalaeontology.

Early tetrapod research

Dr Pawley is currently continuing her PhD research on early tetrapods, including publication of systematic reviews of postcranial ontogeny and phylogenetic variation in the postcranial skeleton of temnospondyls and other early tetrapods, large scale phylogenetic analyses, and studies on biomechanics of locomotion in early tetrapods.

Last updated 13 February 2012