Dr Richard Jenkins

Honorary Research Associate Palaeontology

+61 8207 7452


Richard was a Lecturer and then a Senior Lecturer in Geology, University of Adelaide (1970–2002).  He became an Honorary Research Associate at the South Australian Museum in 2003.


Research Interests         

Tertiary fossil crabs and lobsters of the Australasian region, fossil penguins, Proterozoic and Cambrian geology of the Adelaide Foldbelt, Ediacaran geology and biotas.                             


Current Research Projects

Ediacaran biota, describing an Ediacaran chordate.


Awards & Achievements

  • Commonwealth Scholarship (1961)

  • Mining and Metallurgical Bursary (1963–64)

  • Tate Memorial Medal for best Honours thesis (1966)

  • CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship (1967–1970)

  • Burdette Memorial Prize, South Australian Museum (1970)


Professional Associations           

  • Voting Member, International Stratigraphic Commission working committee for a “terminal late Precambrian Period”

  • Member, Royal Society of South Australia



Hons (1st Class), Geology and Zoology, University of Adelaide

PhD, Geology Department, University of Adelaide


Media Expertise

Local Geology and Palaeontology. Experience with local radio.  Assisted David Attenborough in his “Life on Earth” series.  Educational CD- Rom “Australia On CDs, 1997”.




  1. Jenkins, R. J. F. (2011). ‘Billy Springs glaciation, South Australia’ in Halverson, A. E.  and Shields-Zhou, G. P. (eds)The Geological record of Neoproterozoic Glaciations.  Geological Society, London, Memoirs 36: 693–699.

  2. Jenkins, R. J. F. and Nedin, C. (2007). ‘The provenance and palaeobiology of a new multi-vaned, chambered frondose organism from the Ediacaran (later Neoproterozoic) of South Australia’ in Vickers- Rich, P. and Komarower, P. (eds) The Rise and Fall of the Ediacaran Biota. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 286: 195–222.

  3. Jenkins, R. J.F., McKirdy, D. M., Foster, C. B., O’ Leary, T., and Pell, S. D. (1992). The Record and stratigraphic implications of organic- walled microfossils from the Ediacaran (terminal Proterozoic) of South Australia. Geological Magazine 129: 401–410.

  4. Jenkins, R. J. F. (1992). ‘Functional and ecological aspects of Ediacaran assemblages’ in Lipps, J. H. and Signor, P. W. (eds) Origin and early evolution of the Metazoa, pp. 131–176. New York: Plenum Press.

  5. Jenkins, R. J. F. (1991). ‘The early environment’ in Bryant, C. (ed.) Metazoan Life Without Oxygen, pp. 38–64. London: Chapman and Hall.

  6. Jenkins, R. J. F. (1990) ‘The Adelaide Fold Belt: Tectonic reappraisal’ in Jago, J. B. and Moore, P. S. (eds) The Evolution of a Late Precambrian-Early Palaeozoic Rift Complex: the Adelaide Geosyncline. Geological Society of Australia Special Publication No. 16, pp.396–420.

  7. Jenkins, R. J. F. (1985). The enigmatic Ediacaran (late Precambrian) genus Rangea and related forms. Paleobiology 11: 336–355.

  8. Jenkins, R. J. F. (1981). The concept of an “Ediacaran Period” and its stratigraphic significance in Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 105: 197–194.

  9. Jenkins, R. J. F. (1974). A new giant penguin from the Eocene of Australia. Palaeontology 17: 291–310.

  10. Jenkins, R. J. F. (1972). Metanephrops, a new genus of Late Pliocene to recent lobsters (Decapoda, Nephropidae). Crustaceana 22: 161–167.