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Email Dr Matthew McCurry

Dr Matthew McCurry is a vertebrate palaeontologist and functional morphologist. His work focuses on understanding the behaviour, ecology and evolution of extinct species using the fossil record. Matthew incorporates fieldwork, descriptive palaeontology, comparative anatomy, 3D scanning and cutting-edge biomechanical simulations to discover new fossil species and gain new insights into how they once lived.

He began working at the Australian Museum Research Institute and UNSW in 2017. Prior to this Matthew held fellowships at Monash University and The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. He possesses an honours degree from The University of Newcastle and a PhD from Monash University.

Matthew is passionate about the role of museums in facilitating science, educating the public and inspiring the next generation of scientists. He feels that fossil collections play a vital role in allowing us to examine how and why the world has changed over time.


  • BSc (Hons) University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia
  • PhD Functional Morphology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Other Appointments

Senior Lecturer, UNSW

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Member, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology