Kenny J. Travouillon is a vertebrate palaeontologist and palaeoecologist working at University of Queensland, in the School of Earth Sciences. He received a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Zoology (Hons) and a PhD in Palaeoecology from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and from the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France.
His early research aimed at clarifying the chronological position of the Riversleigh World Heritage Area (northwestern Queensland) fossil sites amongst the Tertiary of Australia, in absence of absolute dates, using multivariate analyses as a tool to group sites of similar age based on taxonomic information. His research also aimed at identifying the palaeoenvironments of Riversleigh’s sites, using cenograms. Cenograms are a graphical representation of the logged body mass of mammals in a fauna. The shape of the cenogram can be use to predict whether the environment in which the fauna lives is open or closed and humid or arid.
He was recently awarded with the Robert Day Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Queensland, working on various fossil marsupial groups, such as bilbies, bandicoots and kangaroos. He is describing new species from Riversleigh and Etadunna (South Australia) and identifies the palaeoecology and phylogeny (study of relationships) of these extinct species.
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, QLD 4072 Australia
Richards Building, Room 209B
Phone: +61 7 336 52176