Dr Andrew Rozefelds

Dr Andrew Rozefelds

Dr Andrew Rozefelds is Head of Geosciences and Principal Curator, Paleobotany at the Queensland Museum.

Andrew rejoined the Queensland Museum in 2011, after working in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery as the Curator of Phanerogamic Botany and then Deputy Director of Collections and Research. He previously worked at the Queensland Museum from 1977 to 1991 in invertebrate zoology and geology and was involved in palaeontological fieldwork throughout Queensland. In 1991 he left the Museum to undertake further studies in Adelaide; and then completed a PhD in botany at the University of Melbourne, with one year spent at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. 

He has written over 90 peer reviewed and popular articles. His current research interests involve studying the origins, evolution and history of the modern Australian flora. Andrew has used various experimental techniques to study living and fossil plant material, including synchrotron imaging at the Australian Synchrotron. He has also published papers on fossil vertebrates and invertebrates, modern plant systematics and weed sciences, biographical research and other areas. He has described over 14 new species of living plants and a similar number of fossil plants.


  • Tayenebe Steering Committee Chairman Tayenebe: Tasmanian Aboriginal Women’s fibre work, Catalogue and Exhibition Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (2007)
  • Lost Creatures Queensland Museum (2013) 

Books (Principal author or co-editor)

  • Weed Categories for Natural and Agricultural Ecosystem Management (2003)
  • Collection Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (2007)
  • In Search of Ancient Queensland Queensland Museum (2015)



  • The origins, evolution and history of the modern Australian Flora, with a key focus on the northern half of the continent.

Honours and Awards

  • Swiss Government Scholarship, Zurich, Switzerland (1992-1993)
  • ANZAC Fellowship, collect and study herbarium collections in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland (1996)
  • Overseas study tour of selected Museums in the United States, Canada and England. Savings and Loans Credit Union Travelling Fellowship in Public Service Management (1997)
  • Ian Potter Travel Grant to attend Botanical Society of America Conference, Montreal, Canada (1997)
  • Field work on Macquarie Island, Australian Antarctic Division Grant (2001)
  • Museum Leadership Program, University of Melbourne (2005) 
  • Museum Leadership refresher Program, University of Melbourne (2007) 
  • Professional Development Grant, Queensland Museum to attend the International Geological Convention, Brisbane (2012)
  • Professional Development Grant from Queensland Museum to attend European Palynological and Palaeobotanical Meeting, Padova, Italy (2014)
  • Queensland Smithsonian Fellowship to undertake research on the evolution and origins of the modern Australian Flora, Washington DC, USA (2016)


  • Living plant
    Boronia rozefeldsii M.Duretto
  • Fossil plant
    Elaeocarpus rozefeldsii M.E.Dettmann & H.T.Clifford
    Spondylostrobus rozefeldsii M.E.Dettmann & H.T.Clifford
  • Living spider
    Ixamatus rozefeldsii Raven
  • Fossil Fish 
    Canaryicthyes rozefeldsii Bartholomai


Head of Geosciences and Principal Curator, Paleobotany

Honorary Position

Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland


Bachelor of Applied Science (Biology) Central Queensland University (1988)

Bachelor of Science, Botany (Honours) (Class 1), University of Adelaide (1990)

PhD, School of Botany, University of Melbourne (1997)

Related Links