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2021 Laureate Profile: Professor Kliti Grice

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Professor Kliti Grice

Administering Organisation: Curtin University

Fellowship project summary

FL210100103: Interpreting the molecular record in extraordinarily preserved fossils.

This project aims to unlock a hidden record of our planet’s past and the life it supported, using a novel approach with benefits for environment and industry. Soft tissues preserved in sedimentary concretion fossils will be analysed, extending the traditional inorganic fossil framework of major evolutionary events. Understanding the biofilm entombment and preservation mechanisms responsible for this unique organic fossil archive will extend our knowledge of microbial functionality. Expected outcomes from this new way of interpreting our planet’s past, include improved understanding of extinction events, environmental change and adaptation, with potential benefits in ecosystem management, resource exploration and biofilm uses.

Australian Research Council funding: $ 2,968,718

Find out more about Professor Grice and their research areas of interest to date by visiting their profile page on Curtin University's website

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page.

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