Scott is a vertebrate palaeoecologist who leads the research and digital aspects of the Geosciences Project DIG team, focusing on developing Queensland Museum’s 3-D digital collections and studies of the fossil faunas of Australia over the last 250 million years. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours and PhD in Palaeontology, beginning as a volunteer for Queensland Museum in 1990, aged 12, transitioning to an Inquiry Centre Assistant and then curator by 2000. Scott has been an active researcher for 25 years, developing major collections of vertebrate fossils from throughout Queensland, including may new species. Since 2010, Scott has driven the integration of 3-D technologies within museum research, exhibitions and scientific communication, including 3-D scanning, 3-D printing and animation. Together, the Project DIG team aims to integrate this work within a range of digital platforms allowing Queensland Museum Network to better interpret and visualise the fascinating ancient life of Queensland for everyone to explore.

Scott’s palaeontological research focuses on understanding the change of palaeoenvironments through time and across extinction events, specifically looking at the relationship between palaeobiogeography, extinction, evolution and environmental change. His 3-D technology research focuses on ‘Dig to Digital’, experimenting with the integration of multiple modes of scan data at multiple scales, with non-standard software solutions that allow exploration of scientific data and concepts, stories of discovery, and iconic specimens, in ways the public has not experienced before.


Doctor of Philosophy, Palaeontology, University of New South Wales

Research projects supported by Project DIG

Tropical megafauna

Predators and Prey of the Past

Research publications supported by Project DIG

Hocknull, S.A., Lewis, R., Arnold, L.J., Pietsh, T., Joannes-Boyau, R., Price, G.J., Moss, P., Wood, R., Dosseto, A., Louys, J., Olley, J., & Lawrence, R.A. Extinction of eastern Sahul megafauna coincides with sustained environmental deterioration. Nat Commun 11, 2250 (2020).

Lawrence, R.A., Hocknull, S.A. & Cramb, J. (2019). ‘Lost in Space and Time: new Quaternary small vertebrate records from the Fitzroy River Basin of tropical Queensland, Australia’, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, 2019, p.139.

Hocknull, S.A., Lawrence, R.A., Cramb, J., Tierney, P., Wilkinson, J., Spring, K., Sands, N. (2019). ‘Time is of the essence: three studies from Queensland, Australia, demonstrating responses to fossil site loss through mining and development over differing time scales’, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, 2019, p.118.

Hocknull, S.A., Wilkinson, M., Lawrence, R.A., Newman, N., Mackenzie, R. (2019). ‘On the shoulders of titans: introducing new Cretaceous dinosaur fossil fields from southwest Queensland, Australia, and demonstrating the utility of scanning (surface and CT) in taphonomic and ichnofossil interpretation’, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, 2019, p.119.

Chiotakis, C., Hocknull, S., Phillips, M. Determining Australian Plio-Pleistocene Crocodilian Diversity Using Three-Dimensional Morphometrics of Dental and Osteoderm Remains. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, 2019, p.79.

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