Research team

Meet key members of the research team

Mike Archer

Professor Mike Archer AM

Since 1976, Mike Archer has studied and formally described more than 120 new species, genera, families and orders of both living and extinct mammals discovered as a consequence of his research. He is the author of more than 300 publications.

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Sue Hand

Associate Professor Suzanne Hand

Sue's research focuses on taxonomy, systematics, morphometrics, phylogenetic theory, biocorrelation, biogeography, palaeogeography, ecology and palaeoecology, palaeontology, phylogenetics and biogeography. Her area of special interest is fossil and modern bats, and she has formally described all of Australia's Tertiary bat species.

Henk Godthelp

Mr Henk Godthelp

The early history of Australian mammals is  a particular interest of Henk’s. He also has research interests in the palaeobiogeography and evolution of Australian Cretaceous and Tertiary vertebrate faunas especially those from the Lightning Ridge Opal Fields, Murgon and Riversleigh. Henk has described several new species of rodent and marsupial as well as monotremes and frogs.

Latest news

CAVEPS 2015 logo Research showcased at CAVEPS 2015
20 September 2015
The 15th biennial Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS) was held in Alice Springs on 1-5 September 2015.

Field team Riversleigh expedition 2015
01 August 2015
The 2015 expedition to Riversleigh produced some great results.

Bilby Palaeontologists unearth rare 15-million-year-old bilby
21 March 2014
An ancient fossil of the bilby, Australia's answer to the Easter rabbit, has been discovered at the Riversleigh World Heritage site in north west Queensland.

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Main research program: Cape York amber

Fragments of precious amber found on the remote beaches of Cape York contain the remains of plants and tiny animals millions of years old.


Excavation at Riversleigh

Main research program: Riversleigh

The rocks at Riversleigh are rich in well-preserved fossil remains of the ancestors of the modern Australian fauna and entirely new kinds of animals previously unknown to science.



Main research program: Lightning Ridge

Deposits at Lightning Ridge in northern New South Wales yield some of the rarest, most beautiful and valuable fossils in the world.



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