Dr Steve Salisbury
My research focuses on the evolution of Gondwanan continental vertebrates, in particular dinosaurs and crocodilians. I am also interested in vertebrate biomechanics and using extant animals to better understand the anatomy, behaviour and evolution of extinct ones.
Dinosaurs: Australasian Cretaceous dinosaur faunas; evolution of Australasian ornithopods, thyreophorans, sauropods and theropods; Gondwanan dinosaur palaeobiogeography; dinosaur trackways and locomotor kinematics.
Crocodilians: evolution of Australasian crocodilians; origin of modern crocodilians; evolution of European Mesozoic crocodilians; crocodilian lung ventilation; crocodilian growth dynamics.
Biomechanics: locomotor evolution of dinosaurs and crocodilians; vertebral bracing in archosaurs; feeding behaviour in crocodilians and dinosaurs.
Other research: evolution of Australian Cretaceous fishes; evolution of Australian pterosaurs; geology and taphonomy of Australian Cretaceous dinosaur localities; palaeopathology in fossil archosaurs.
Fieldwork: my lab conducts regular expeditions to Cretaceous vertebrate localities in central-western Queensland and the Dampier Peninsula in The Kimberley region of western Australia. I am also involved in field-based research on the South Island of New Zealand and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Tucker, R.T., Roberts, E.M., Hu,Y., Kemp, A.I.S. and Salisbury. S.W. (2013). Detrital zircon age constraints for the Winton Formation, Queensland: contextualizing Australia's Late Cretaceous dinosaur faunas. Gondwana Research (in press)
Romilio, A., Tucker, R.T. and Salisbury, S.W. (2013). Re-evaluation of the Lark Quarry dinosaur tracksite (late Albian–Cenomanian Winton Formation, central-western Queensland, Australia): no longer a stampede? Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(1): 102–120.
Agnolin, F.L., Ezcurra, M.D., Pais, D.F. and Salisbury, S.W. (2010). A reappraisal of the Cretaceous non-avian dinosaur faunas from Australia and New Zealand: evidence for their Gondwanan affinities. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 8: 257–300.
Wolff, E.D.S., Salisbury, S.W., Horner, J.R. and Varricchio, D.J. (2009). Common avian infection plagued the tyrant dinosaurs. PLoS ONE 4(9): e7288. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0007288
Salisbury, S.W., Molnar, R.E., Frey, E. and Willis, P.M.A. (2006). The origin of modern crocodyliforms: new evidence from the Cretaceous of Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 273: 2439-2448.