Dr Stephen (Steve) Salisbury is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland, and a Research Associate at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Steve studied biology and geology as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney, receiving the Edgeworth David Award for Palaeontology in 1993. He then moved to the University of New South Wales, where he completed a 1st Class Honours thesis on fossil crocodilians from Murgon, south-eastern Queensland, under the supervision of Professor Mike Archer and Dr Paul Willis. Subsequently, while still affiliated with the University of New South Wales, Steve went to Germany and the UK to complete a PhD on crocodilian locomotor evolution under Dr Eberhard ‘Dino’ Frey. He returned to Australia in 2000 to pursue a life-long dream of searching for Australian dinosaurs, a dream that was fulfilled in part during 2001 with his involvement in the discovery of (at the time) Australia’s largest dinosaur, Elliot the sauropod. Steve now conducts regular expeditions to Cretaceous vertebrate localities in central-western Queensland and the Dampier Peninsula in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. He is also involved in field-based research on the South Island of New Zealand and on the Antarctic Peninsula.
Prof. Jorg M. Hacker is the director of Airborne Research Australia (ARA, non-profit organisation) and Professor at Flinders University, Adelaide. Jorg is a highly qualified pilot of small research aircrafts that carry a multitude of state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation for a wide range of environmental investigations. He has special permission to fly the research aircraft at very low levels (which is essential on the context of the Dinosaur project). Lasers, high resolution DSLR cameras, as well as video cameras and hyperspectral scanners mounted to the aircraft enable Jorg to record the coastal topography, vegetation, rock platforms and dinosaur footprints in great detail during each flight.
Dr Robert Zlot has been working in the field of Robotics research since 2000. He became involved with exploring the Broome Sandstone dinosaur trackways while working at CSIRO, where he developed solutions for three-dimensional mapping using laser scanning technology. One of these solutions is the Zebedee 3D Mapping System, a lightweight device that efficiently builds a map of an environment as it is carried through it. Zebedee has been utilised for mapping the Dampier Peninsula tracksites since 2014.
Dr Matt Herne is an Australian dinosaur palaeontologist whose main research focus is on the plant-eating dinosaurs called ornithopods. Matt has also worked on sauropod dinosaurs in North America and helped to set up the new Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Canada. Matt’s work on the dinosaur tracks in Broome has helped to understand the kinds of environments in which the dinosaurs roamed and also methods for replicating the tracks on the intertidal reef.
Linda Pollard is the Vertebrate Palaeontology and Biomechanics laboratory manager at The University of Queensland. Her involvement in the examination of Broome’s Dinosaur Coast began in 2014, where she has developed new techniques in the casting and replica-making of dinosaur footprints. Linda also pilots a research drone that enables the extensive fossil track surfaces to be aerially mapped in 3D.
Dr Ryan Tucker research expertise draws upon a background in sedimentary environments, chemical tracers of sedimentary provenance (e.g., detrital zircon geochronology; Lu-Hf isotopes), and palaeontology, to address questions about the fossil record and the evolution of sedimentary basins. Ryan is particularly interested in addressing questions concerning: 1) development of new strategies for improving the depositional age of clastic stratigraphic successions through the application of detrital mineral geochronology, 2) timing and pattern of basin development in Gondwana during the Late Paleozoic to Mesozoic, 3) vertebrate taphonomy, and 4) vertebrate palaeontology. In terms of the ‘dinoturbated’ Broome Sandstone, Ryan’s research has provided insights into the palaeoenvironment and how this allowed for track recording and preservation.
Dr Anthony Romilio has been studying dinosaur tracks with The University of Queensland since 2009. His involvement in the Broome Sandstone tracks began in 2011, and in that time has developed new 3D strategies to improve the track- and tracksite documentation. Anthony’s research of the Broome Sandstone has been directed in the understanding the track diversity, dinosaur foot evolution, as well as the monitoring the erosion of the fossil tracks over time.
Sarah Gray graduated from the University of South Australia with a major in Mineral Geoscience. Sarah utilised this experience and successfully completed postgraduate studies at The University of Queensland in 2015 providing new insights into what the ancient environment was like when Broome was frequented by dinosaurs. Sarah has visited Broome on three separate occasions for research purposes and will be publishing her findings soon.
Philippa Chamberlain undertook postgraduate studies at The University of Queensland in 2015 with research into the abundant sauropod tracks found in the Broome Sandstone. Her detailed evaluation of the ‘Paul Foulkes Sauropod Platform’ within Reddell Beach, provides information of variable track preservation, the sequence of track formation, and indicates the possibility that some of the Broome dinosaur trackmakers may have been gregarious.
Andréas Jannel began post-doctoral studies of sauropod dinosaurs with The University of Queensland in 2015. His research seeks to evaluate the sauropod hindfoot anatomy and function, and to reconstruct their locomotor behaviours. The Broome Sandstone sauropod footprints include some of the largest, abundant, and diverse tracks in the world, and these may provide crucial insights into how these extinct animals where able to achieve gigantic proportions and retain load bearing and locomotory functions.