Nick is a PhD candidate under the supervision of John Alroy in the Palaeobiology Lab, Macquarie University. He holds a Master degree in Palaeontology and Evolution from the University of Bristol, UK.
His doctoral research focuses on how the body mass and limb bone morphology of birds are constrained, and the potential effects of these on avian evolutionary history. This includes examining both biomechanical and ecological effects on these traits. In addition, Nick has an ongoing collaboration with colleagues at Monash University testing for correlates of wing shape in extant penguins which can be applied to fossil species.
Nick's broader research aims are to identify morphological proxies for ecology in living vertebrates that have a high level of applicability to the fossil record of these animals. In so doing it is hoped that this will improve our understanding of the changes in ecological diversity within vertebrate groups through time.