Key Info

Dr Patrick Smith obtained a PhD at Macquarie University looking at Middle Cambrian (500–510 million year old) marine invertebrates from Ross River Gorge near Alice Springs in central Australia. He also was a previous curator at the Richmond Marine Fossil Museum (Kronosaurus Korner) in far northwest Queensland and a technical officer in the geology department at the University of New South Wales. Currently he is working to database the Australian Museum’s entire Palaeontology Collection. This includes all the material onsite, as well as the material at the museum offsite storage facility.

Alongside this collections work Patrick is researching the biostratigraphy of the Cambrian and Ordovician trilobites. Specifically, he is writing publications on:

  1. Late Darwillian material from Stairway Sandstone and Stokes Siltstone in the Amadeus Basin, NT
  2. Mid-Katian material from Gunningbland Formation in the Northparkes Volcanic Group, NSW
  3. Tremadocian material from a unit mapped as the Nootumbulla Sandstone from far western NSW
  4. Middle Cambrian material from the Coonigan Formation in the Bynguano Ranges, NSW

Outside of Australian material Patrick is also collaborating on projects looking at the Middle Cambrian trilobites from the Tasman Formation, New Zealand and Early Cambrian trilobites from Mongolia.

If you would like to contact Dr Patrick Smith, please email Patrick here.


Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Palaeontology – 2016

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Palaeontology – 2012

Bachelor of Advanced Science, Western Sydney University – 2011


Grants, awards and scholarships

Australian Museum Foundation Grant (Australia's Ordovician Giants Project) – 2019

Mary Wade Prize (commendations) – Australasian Association of Palaeontologist – 2016

Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence – 2016

Western Sydney University Dean's Medals – 2012


Publications

For an up-to-date list see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_Smith16

  • Holloway, D. J., Smith, P. M., & Thomas, G. (in press). The trilobites Prophalaron gen. nov.(Calymenidae) and Dicranurus (Odontopleuridae) from the Upper Ordovician of New South Wales. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.
  • Smith, P. M., Brock, G. A., & Paterson, J. R. (2020). Shelly fauna from the Cambrian (Miaolingian, Guzhangian) Shannon Formation and the SPICE event in the Amadeus Basin, Northern Territory. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, 44(1), 1-24.
  • Baranov, V., Beatti, R., Melzer, R. R., Smith, P. M., McCurry, M. R. & Frese, M. (2019) A new Paleocene–Eocene insect-rich rainforest ecosystem near Gulgong, New South Wales, Australia. 8th International Conference on Fossil Insects, Arthropods & AmberAt: Santo Domingo
  • Schmid, S., Smith, P. M., & Woltering, M. (2018). A basin-wide record of the Late Cambrian Steptoean positive carbon isotope excursion (SPICE) in the Amadeus Basin, Australia. Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology, 508, 116-128.
  • Smith, P. M., Paterson, J. R., & Brock, G. A. (2018). Trilobites and agnostids from the Goyder Formation (Cambrian Series 3, Guzhangian; Mindyallan), Amadeus Basin, central Australia. Zootaxa, 4396(1), 1-67.
  • Smith, P. M. (2016). Palaeontology, taxonomy and biostratigraphy of Cambrian assemblages from the Pertaoorrta Group, Amadeus Basin, Northern Territory. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 149, p. 103.
  • Smith, P. M., Brock, G. A., & Paterson, J. R. (2016). Linguliformean brachiopods from the early Templetonian (Cambrian series 3, stage 5) Giles Creek Dolostone, Amadeus Basin, Northern territory. Australasian Palaeontological Memoirs, 49, 125-143.
  • Smith, P. M., Paterson, J. R., & Brock, G. A. (2015). Trilobites from the Giles Creek Dolostone (Cambrian Series 3, Stage 5; Templetonian) Amadeus Basin, central Australia. Papers in Palaeontology, 1(2), 167-200.
  • Smith, P. M., Brock, G. A., & Paterson, J. R. (2015). Fauna and biostratigraphy of the Cambrian (Series 2, Stage 4; Ordian) Tempe Formation (Pertaoorrta Group), Amadeus Basin, Northern Territory. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology, 39(1), 40-70.
  • Smith, P. M., Brock, G. A., Paterson, J. R., & Topper, T. P. (2014). New bradoriid arthropods from the Giles Creek Dolostone (Cambrian Series 3, Stage 5; Templetonian), Amadeus Basin, central Australia. Memoirs of the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists, 45, 233–248.