About Us

We are the Flinders University Palaeontology Society (or FUPS for short), but if you’re on this page you probably already know that much by now. What you probably don’t know is who we (the people of this society) are, what we do, and why we do it.

Who are we? Short answer; we’re people who love palaeontology. Everyone in this society holds an interest in the past and what lived in it. If this is an interest you share, whether as a hobby or as a potential career, then you will fit right in! Most people in the committee are current palaeontology students of Flinders University, including first year undergraduates through to Honours and PhD students; others work within the Flinders Palaeontology Labs. 

What do we do? FUPS offers a range of social and educational activities centred on palaeontology. You can learn how to prepare fossils, how to distinguish a reptile bone from a mammal’s, and get involved in current research and field excavations. 

Why do we do this? Here are a few quotes from our members;

“Until I joined Flinders Palaeontology Society, the only parts of South Australia I’d seen were the ceiling above my couch and those giant silver balls in the city”

– Kailah Thorn (spent 3 years as President after going places like Burra, Whyalla, Brachina Gorge and the Flinders Ranges, the Nullarbor Plain, Naracoorte, Maslins Beach and Wentworth in NSW)

“I was coerced”

– Aidan Couzens (couldn’t leave, had to finish thesis)

“I was there from the beginning. For the beer and merchandise”

– Carey Burke (Merchandise Model and Fossil Preparator)

“I really like fossils”

– Nathan Phillips (member since he was 14 years old, now Vice President)


2019 Committee

President – Phoebe McInerney

Vice President – Nathan Phillips

Treasurer – Cassy Petho

Secretary – Nimue Gibbs

BEER’N’BONES editor – Elen Shute

Undergraduate representatives – Ava Jarldorn (1st Yr), Parker Rayleigh (2nd Yr), Teagan Cross (3rd Yr).

Honours/Postgraduate representative – Diana Fusco

Academic representatives – Alice Clement

Volunteers Coordinator – Carey Burke