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Professor Kliti Grice

Kliti Grice

John Curtin Distinguished Professor Kliti Grice is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and an internationally renowned organic geochemist who creatively combines geological information with data on molecular fossils and their stable carbon, hydrogen, sulfur and nitrogen isotopic compositions to reconstruct details of microbial, fungal and floral inhabitants of ancient aquatic environments (geobiology). She is well known for identifying geological and environmental basis  for some of the largest mass extinctions of life in Earth’s history. She is currently investigating the changes in the paleoenvironment in the Chicxulub crater (Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico) drilled by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP) Expedition 364.

She has integrated molecular and isotopic information on plant and algal physiology, microbial ecology, food-webs, organic chemistry, and energy and environmental geochemistry with the geological record of our planet’s history. Her analyses of the natural variation in stable isotopes of lipids present in controlled growth experiments from extant plants, algae and grazing organisms have provided new insights into how these systems function across palaeoecological to modern timescales and across a wide spatial range. She is also researching geobiology of extinct species and especially environments associated with exceptional soft tissue preservation of fossils (Konservat and Konzentrat-Lagerstätten).

Grice’s outstanding research reputation has also attracted many national and international PhD and postdoctoral scholars to the wonders of Earth science.


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Prof Kliti Grice

Phone: +61(0)8 9266 2474
Fax: +61(0)8 9266 2300
Location: Room 500.2116, Bentley Campus, Bentley, WA 6102.

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Curtin University
GPO Box U1987
Perth, WA 6845

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Latest News and Updates

Professor Kliti Grice named Scientist of the Year


Professor Kliti Grice was announced as Scientist of the Year for 2022 at the WA Premier’s Science Awards.

From providing insights into the mass extinction events that have shaped life, developing the tools to allow further exploration of the Earth’s record of environmental change, to training more than 30 PhD students, this award honours Professor Grice’s remarkable contribution to science.

Adding further to her enduring legacy, Professor Grice is now the University’s first female researcher to take out this prestigious award. Congratulations to Professor Grice!

Field Work in Utah and Wyoming


The wild canyons and bluffs of Utah and Wyoming hide a secret: some of the best fossils in the world, and in August, scientist Amy Elson was lucky enough to visit these ancient super-lake deposits and hunt for fossils as part of the ARC-funded extreme fossilisation Laureate within the WA-OIGC. As part of a successful trip to the Green River Formation,  she found 50-million-year-old intact fish with eyes still preserved, along with insects, plants, fossil-bearing concretions, and mammal bones. An extensive series of imaging techniques along with organic and isotopic analysis is planned for these samples, to better understand the past evolution and environments of these creatures!