With the lead up to the “Capricorn Caves Fossil Open Day” there is no better time to get to know our very own palaeontologist, Róchelle Lawrence.

Róchelle has been integral in many momentous discoveries at the Caves and will be attending the Fossil Open Day on Saturday June 2nd!

Get to know Rochelle!

Football Team – All Blacks

Food – Roast chicken with bread sauce

Drink – Hot chocolate and tea

Film – The Mummy (1999)

TV – Stranger Things

Books – Dinotopia series and Michelle Moran’s historical series

Music – All, especially movie soundtracks

Holiday – Canada

Subject – History (cultural and natural)

Short Bio –  I first studied a certificate in tourism to combine my eagerness for travel and knowledge of our ancient and prehistoric past. I also gained certificates in retail operations after working in hospitality and administration. I finally decided to follow my dreams and studied a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology, along with Ancient History, Museum Studies and Palaeontology, at the University of New England as an external student. During this time, I developed my skills as a volunteer in the Geosciences Program at the Queensland Museum. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of organizations in Queensland focused on heritage and palaeotoursim. I currently work as a palaeontologist with Capricorn Caves and Queensland Museum. I study dinosaurs, megafauna (giant beasts) and microfauna (small creatures) and specialize in fossil preparation. I also assist with the testing and development of new digital technologies for use in research and science communication.

Now…Tell us something that might surprise us about you!

I’m originally from Auckland in New Zealand. I’m also a massive movie buff and Marvel comics fan. I’m passionate about wildlife conservation and like to experiment in nature photography and a bit of astrophotography. I helped discover a rainforest fossil deposit in Harp Chamber at Capricorn Caves in 2012.

You can find out more on the cave’s prehistoric past on the Fossil Tour which Róchelle helped to develop!