Visiting professor talks tetrapods

Professor Richard Cloutier from the Université du Québec à Rimouski in Canada is visiting Flinders for several months and will deliver a seminar in ecology and evolution on Thursday 14 February  – ‘The quest for our origin — a step closer to the origin of tetrapods’.

Professor Cloutier obtained his PhD in systematics and ecology from the University of Kansas, USA, focusing on the evolution of coelacanths.

He has been closely associated with a famous Devonian fossil site in eastern Canada for 40 years, the Escuminac Formation in Miguasha. As a result, he has coordinated multiple studies in palaeoecology, palaeoenvironment and systematics related to the origin of tetrapods.

For the past 15 years, Professor Cloutier has been working on projects spanning the paleobiology of early vertebrates, the recognition of evolutionary developmental patterns in living and fossil fishes, the phenotypic plasticity in living fishes and amphibians, and the skeletal development of commercially important fish – such as the Atlantic bluefin tuna.

He will be collaborating with Flinders researchers in palaeontology and ecology over the coming months.

The quest for our origin — a step closer to the origin of tetrapods

When: 14 February 2019, midday – 1:00pm

Where: South Lecture Theatre 1

This is a free event, register online


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