Paleontology SIG has a new convenor

Meet Daniel Thomas


Kia Ora, my name is Daniel Thomas and I am the new convenor for the Paleontology Special Interest Group within GSNZ.

I am a vertebrate paleontologist based at Massey University in Auckland. Much of my research focusses on describing and analysing fossil penguins. I am especially interested in 3D digitisation, especially for the benefits the technology provides for evolutionary analysis, for enabling research collaborations, and for producing resources for teaching and outreach (e.g.

Thank you very much to Hamish Campbell and James Scott for providing me the opportunity to become the Paleontology SIG coordinator. My goal for the group is to encourage connections between people with paleontological interests in Aotearoa and to help showcase our activities.

The impact of our work with fossils can be broad, ranging from encouraging young students into STEM careers to advancing UN Sustainable Development goals. I look forward to generating new opportunities to raise the profile of Paleontology SIG members.

Daniel will be surveying existing Paleontology SIG members for feedback on how they wish to shape and run the group.  If you are already a Paleontology SIG member you will automatically receive a copy of the survey soon. 

If you are not yet part of the group you are able to join by using the blue 'Apply a subscription' button on your membership profile (under the Subscriptions tab).  If you would like to receive a copy of the survey please contact Daniel.

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Daniel Thomas