Marissa completed half of a Visual Arts degree in Brisbane before deciding to travel - sparking her interest in museums and science. To pursue this, she moved to Sydney and enrolled in a Museum Studies degree at Macquarie University. She eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology (Palaeobiology major), and went on to complete her Honours in Palaeobiology. She is now neck deep in a PhD project supervised by Assoc. Prof. Glenn Brock (Macquarie University) and co-supervised by Assoc. Prof. John Paterson (University of New England).
Both her Honours and current PhD deal with the geology and palaeobiology of the early Cambrian in the Arrowie and Stansbury basins in South Australia. Currently, she is working on a multi-faceted project that incorporates early Cambrian Small Shelly Fossil biostratigraphy, carbon and oxygen chemostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy and geochronology in addition to palaeobiological investigations into problematic taxa.
Stuff she digs: The Cambrian explosion, multi-proxy datasets, enigmatic fossils, fieldwork, life reconstructions of extinct organisms, scientific illustration.