DR Anne-Marie Tosolini

DR Anne-Marie Tosolini


  • Palaeontology (palaeobotany, palaeoenvironments, palaeoclimates)
  • Sedimentology (facies, stratigraphy, basin analysis)



  • I am a palaeontologist using interdisciplinary research that combines sedimentary geology and fossil plants, to understand changes in plant community ecosystems through time and to understand plant relationships to past terrestrial environments and climates. I focus mainly on the Cretaceous-Cenozoic time periods. I completed a PhD at The University of Melbourne in 2000 and held a postdoctoral fellowship for three years with the University of Leeds and the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, U.K. Fossil plants collected from the field in Antarctica during my postdoctorate were used to interpret past forest ecosystems and associated climates of the most recent greenhouse period. I spent the following four years as Lecturer at Latrobe University, before joining the School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne, in 2010. My current research projects include: ancient ecosystems of the Cretaceous of southeastern Australia; biodiversity response to climate change in Antarctica during the most recent greenhouse climate; and plant-insect interactions and co-evolution through the Mesozoic to Cenozoic.   


Member of

  • International Organisation of Palaeobotany. Member 2010 -
  • The Palaeontological Association. Member 2000 -
  • Association of Australasian Palaeontologists. Member 1996 -
  • Geological Society of Australia. Member 1996 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • Dip Ed, University of Melbourne 2004
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2001
  • BSc (Hons), University of Melbourne 1996

Awards and honors

  • Trans-Antarctic Association Grant for Antarctic Research, 2003
  • University of Leeds and British Antarctic Survey, NERC funded project, United Kingdom., Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2000
  • American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Lucy Cranwell Award, 1998
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry), 1997
  • School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia., Honours Prize for continuing in postgraduate studies, 1996



Available for supervision

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