Dr Kate Trinajstic
BSc (Hons) PhD (UWA)
|Faculty||Faculty of Science & Engineering|
|School||School of Science|
|Department||Dept of Chemistry|
|Phone||+618 9266 2492|
Kate is a vertebrate palaeontologist and joined Curtin University as a Curtin Research Fellow in 2009. She was subsequently was awarded an ARC QEII Fellowship “Fleshing out the fossil record’ in 2011 to investigate the development of the skeleton and specialised musculature in early vertebrates. Her current research project is an ARC DP (2014) “The origins of electroreception and nocturnality in the earliest known jawed vertebrates” Prior to her arrival at Curtin University, Kate held a research fellowship in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Western Australia (2000-2008). She has an Honours degree in Biology from Murdoch University and was awarded a PhD in Geology from University of Western Australia, (2000) for her thesis on "Microvertebrates from the Gneudna Formation".
Kate's expertise primarily lies in vertebrate palaeontology. Her current work focuses on how the early vertebrates evolved novel morphology such as an internal skeleton and complex musculature. In particular she is studying the role of internal fertilization and how this impacted on the diversification and radiation of early fishes. Kate is an accomplished in a variety of micro-analytical techniques, including the application of micro- CT and synchrotron scanning for fossil materials. Kate’s other research interests encompass a variety of topics such as biostratigraphy using conodonts and the teeth and scales from sharks to date rocks, the mechanism of soft tissue preservation and the evolution of electroreception. Her primary field work is in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and has recently worked on sites in Morocco and South Africa.Back to top
Book Chapters (Research)
- George, A. D., K. Trinajstic, and N. Chow. 2009. “Frasnian reef evolution and palaeogeography, SE Lennard Shelf, Canning Basin, Australia.” In Devonian change: Case studies in Paleogeography and Paleoecology, ed. P. Konigshof, 73-108. Bath UK: Geological Society of London.
Journal Articles (Research)
- Melendez, I., K. Grice, K. Trinajstic, M. Ladjavadi, P. F. Greenwood, and K. Thompson. 2013. “Biomarkers reveal the role of photic zone euxinia in exceptional fossil preservation: An organic geochemical perspective.” Geology 41 (2): 123-126.
- Sanchez, S., V. Dupret, P. Tafforeau, K. Trinajstic, B. Ryll, P. Gouttenoire, L. Wretman, L. Zylberberg, F. Peyrin, and P. Ahlberg. 2013. “3D Microstructural Architecture of Muscle Attachments in Extant and Fossil Vertebrates Revealed by Synchrotron Microtomography.” PLoS ONE 8 (2): e56992-e56992.
- Trinajstic, K., S. Sanchez, V. Dupret, P. Tafforeau, J. A. Long, G. C. Young, T. Senden, C. boisvert, C. Power, and P. Ahlberg. 2013. “Fossil Musculature of the Most Primitive Jawed Vertebrates.” Science 341: 160-164.
- Chow, N., A. D. George, K. Trinajstic, and Z. Chen. 2013. “Stratal architecture and platform evolution of an early Frasnian syn-tectonic carbonate platform, Canning Basin, Australia.” Sedimentology -: 1-38.
- Johanson, Z., K. Trinajstic, R. Carr, and A. Ritchie. 2013. “Evolution and development of the synarcual in early vertebrates.” Zoomorphology 132 (1): 95-110.
- Burrow, C. J., K. Trinajstic, and J. A. Long. 2012. “First acanthodian from the Upper Devonian (Frasnian) Gogo Formation, Western Australia.” Historical Biology 24 (4): 349-357.
- Trinajstic, K., J. A. Long, Z. Johanson, G. Young, and T. Senden. 2012. “New morphological information on the ptyctodontid fishes (Placodermi, Ptyctodontida) from Western Australia.” Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32 (4): 757-780.
- Sanchez, S., P. Ahlberg, K. Trinajstic, A. Mirone, and P. Tafforeau. 2012. “Three-Dimensional Synchrotron Virtual Paleohistology: A New Insight into the World of Fossil Bone Microstructures.” Microscopy and Microanalysis 18: 1095-1105.
- Rucklin, M., P. Donoghue, Z. Johanson, K. Trinajstic, F. Marone, and M. Stampanoni. 2012. “Development of teeth and jaws in the earliest jawed vertebrates.” Nature 491 (7426): 748-751.
- Aboglila, S., K. Grice, K. Trinajstic, C. Snape, and K. H. Williford. 2011. “The significance of 24-norcholestanes, 4-methylsteranes and dinosteranes in oils and source-rocks from East Sirte Basin (Libya).” Applied Geochemistry 26: 1694-1705.
- Long, J. A., and K. Trinajstic. 2010. “The Late Devonian Gogo Formation Lagerstatte of Western Australia: Exceptional Early Vertebrate Preservation and Diversity.” Annual Review of Earth and Plantary Sciences 38: 255-279.
- Trinajstic, K., and K. Grice. 2010. “Morphology and molecules: Two views of biodiversity.” Chemistry in Australia 77 (9): 28-30.
- Aboglila, S., K. Grice, K. Trinajstic, D. Dawson, and K. H. Williford. 2010. “Use of biomarker distributions and compound specific isotopes of carbon and hydrogen to delineate hydrocarbon characteristics in the East Sirte Basin (Libya).” Organic Geochemistry 41: 1249-1259.
- Choo, B., J. A. Long, and K. Trinajstic. 2009. “A new genus and species of basal actinopterygian fish from the Upper Devonian Gogo Formation of Western Australia.” Acta Zoologica 90: 194-210.
- Trinajstic, K., and K. Dennis-Bryan. 2009. “Phenotypic plasticity, polymorphism and phylogeny within placoderms.” Acta Zoologica 90: 83-102.
- Burrow, C. J., J. A. Long, and K. Trinajstic. 2009. “Disarticulated acanthodian and chondrichthyan remains from the upper Middle Devonian Aztec Siltstone, southern Victoria Land, Antarctica.” Antarctic Science 21 (1): 71-88.
- Trinajstic, K., and J. A. Long. 2009. “A new genus and species of Ptyctodont (Placodermi) from the Late Devonian Gneudna Formation, Western Australia, and an analysis of Ptyctodont phylogeny.” Geological Magazine 146 (5): 743-760.
- George, A. D., N. Chow, and K. Trinajstic. 2009. “Syndepositional fault control on lower Frasnian platform evolution, Lennard Shelf, Canning Basin, Australia.” Geology 37 (4): 331-334.
- Trinajstic, K. 2009. “Polymorphism, variation and evolutionary change in early vertebrates from the Gogo Formation, Western Australia.” Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 92: 313-319.
- Long, J. A., K. Trinajstic, and Z. Johanson. 2009. “Devonian arthrodire embryos and the origin of internal fertilization in vertebrates.” Nature 457: 1124-1127.
- Ahlberg, P., K. Trinajstic, Z. Johanson, and J. A. Long. 2009. “Pelvic claspers confirm chondrichthyan-like internal fertilization in arthrodires.” Nature 460 (7257): 888-889.
- Trinajstic, K., and A. D. George. 2009. “MICROVERTEBRATE BIOSTRATIGRAPHY OF UPPER DEVONIAN (FRASNIAN) CARBONATE ROCKS IN THE CANNING AND CARNARVON BASINS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA.” Palaentology 52: 641-659.
- Long, J. A., K. Trinajstic, G. C. Young, and T. Senden. 2008. “Live birth in the Devonian period.” Nature 453 (7195): 650-652.
- Trinajstic, K., and M. Hazelton. 2007. “Ontogeny, phenotypic variation and phylogenetic implications of arthrodires from the Gogo Formation, Western Australia.” Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27 (3): 571-583.
- Chow, N., A. D. George, and K. Trinajstic. 2004. “Tectonic control on development of a Frasnian-Famennian (Late Devonian) palaeokarst surface, Canning Basin reef complexes, northwestern Australia.” Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 51 (6): 911-917.
*2011Finalist Eureka Prize
Research and Innovation presented by Australian Museum NSW
*2010 Malcolm McIntosh Award for Physical Science
Presented as one of the Prime Ministers Prizes for Science for Early Career Research
*2009 Top Ten Species Award.
Presented by the International Institute for Species Exploration.
*2007 Whitley Award (highly commended) technical writing.
Presented by the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.
*2003 Dorothy Hill Award.
Presented by the Australian Academy of Sciences.Back to top Back to directory