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Dr Rolf Schmidt

Collection Manager, Invertebrate Palaeontology

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My primary role is as collection manager for the state's invertebrate fossil collections, which covers fossils from across the past billion years, and includes ammonites, trilobites, sea lillies, lace corals and more.

My research interest is in marine Bryozoa, a group of colonial animals. My main focus is on fossils of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras. I am particularly interested in their evolutionary relationships and what they tell us about past environments and biogeography. I also promote the importance of taxonomic understanding in ecology, biogeography and management.

Qualifications

PhD (Geoscience), Adelaide University, 2003

Honours (Science), Adelaide University, 1996

B.Sc., Adelaide University, 1995

Projects and events

Chief Organiser of the 17th International Bryozoology Conference (April 2016, Melbourne).

Teaching and students

I'm available for student supervision.

Publications

Journal Articles

Schmidt, R. (2007) Australian Cainozoic Bryozoa, 2: Bonellina gen. nov. (Calloporidae, Cheilostomata), a new free-living bryozoan. Alcheringa 31: 67-84

Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (2004) Australian Cainozoic Bryozoa, 1: Nudicella gen. nov. (Onychocellidae, Cheilostomata) with palaeoenvironments and biogeography. Alcheringa 28: 185-203.

Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (2003) Biogeographic Trends of Eocene Bryozoans from the St Vincent Basin, South Australia. Lethaia 36: 345-356.

Conference Proceedings

Schmidt, R. & Gallagher, S.J. (2014) Front row seats to the ice age: Oligocene Bryozoa from a core in south-eastern Australia. 16th International Bryozoology Association Conference. (Catania, Italy): 223-228

Schmidt, R. (2013) High resolution non-destructive imaging techniques for internal fine structure of bryozoan skeletons. 15th International Bryozoology Association Conference. (Kiel, Germany): 321-326

Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (2005) Palaeoenvironments of Eocene Bryozoa, St Vincent Basin, South Australia. In H.I. Moyano, J.M. Cancino & P.N. Wyse Jackson (eds) 13th International Bryozoology Association Conference. (Concepcion, Chile): 281-292.

Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (2002) Eocene Bryozoan Assemblages of the St Vincent Basin, South Australia. In P. N. Wyse-Jackson, C. J. Buttler & M. E. Spencer-Jones (eds.) Bryozoan Studies 2001 - Proceedings of the 12th I.B.A. Conference (A.A. Balkema Publishers, Lisse, Netherlands): 293-298.

Brown, K.M., Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (2002) Observations on the ecological adaptations of Lanceopora smeatoni (MacGillivray), West Island, South Australia. In P.N. Wyse-Jackson, C.J. Buttler & M.E. Spencer-Jones (eds.) Bryozoan Studies 2001 - Proceedings of the 12th I.B.A. Conference (A.A. Balkema Publishers, Lisse, Netherlands): 61-65.

Conference Abstracts

Schmidt, R. & Gallagher, S.J. (2013) Front row seats to the ice age: Oligocene Bryozoa from a core in south-eastern Australia. 16th International Bryozoology Association Conference. (Catania, Italy): 90

Schmidt, R. (2010) High resolution non-destructive imaging techniques for internal fine structure of bryozoans. In P. Schafer (ed.) 15th International Bryozoology Association Conference. (Kiel, Germany): 97.

Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (2007) Extinction and recovery of Bryozoa from the Cretaceous-Palaeogene crisis: fresh evidence from Australia towards a new global hypothesis. In S.J. Hageman (ed.) 14th International Bryozoology Association Conference. (Boone, NC, USA): 101.

Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (2003) Palaeoenvironments of Eocene Bryozoa, St Vincent Basin, South Australia. In H.I. Moyano, J.M. Cancino & M.C. Orellana (eds) 13th International Bryozoology Association Conference. (Concepcion, Chile): 108.

Bone, Y. & Schmidt, R. (2003) Basal attachment structure of Nudicella cribriforma Schmidt & Bone in the Miocene of Tasmania, Australia, and it’s similarity to Modern Adeona spp. from southern Australia. In H.I. Moyano, J.M. Cancino & M.C. Orellana (eds) 13th International Bryozoology Association Conference. (Concepcion, Chile): 43.

Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (2002) Australobryozoopalaeobiogeography. 15th Australian Geological Convention. (Adelaide, South Australia).

Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (2002) Biogeography of Eocene Bryozoans of the St Vincent Basin, South Australia. In G. A. Brock & J. A. Talent (eds.) First International Palaeontological Congress. (Sydney, Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts, 68): 140-141.

Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (2001) Late Eocene Bryozoan assemblages of the St Vincent Basin, South Australia - preliminary results. In P. N. Wyse-Jackson (ed.) 12th International Bryozoology Association Conference. (Dublin, Ireland): 94.

Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (1999) Biogeographic and Palaeoenvironmental Significance of a Bryozoan Mimicking the Growth Form of Adeona in the Eocene of South Australia. In L. Collins (ed.) Fourth Australian Marine Geoscience Conference - Abstracts Volume. (Exmouth, Western Australia).

Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (1998) Lunulitiform Bryozoans in Late Eocene Limestones, St. Vincent Basin, South Australia14th Australian Geological Convention. (Townsville, Queensland, Australia).

Schmidt, R. & Bone, Y. (1997) Cheilostome Bryozoans as Palaeoenvironment Indicators of the Late Eocene Limestones of the St. Vincent Basin, S.A.- Preliminary Results. In E. Campbell and Y. Bone (eds.) Third Australian Marine Geoscience Conference - Abstracts Volume. (Adelaide, South Australia): 50.

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