Bachelor of Science with honors, U. Western Australia, 1961; Doctor of Philosophy, U. Tasmania, Australia, 1969.
From demonstrator to senior demonstrator, U. Tasmania, 1962-1969; paleontologist, University of Wisconsin, Antarctica, summer 1965/66; chief paleontologist, Washington Petroleum, Australia, 1970-1975; paleontologist, Deep Sea Drilling Project, East Pacific, summer 1973/74; senior lecturer, Macquarie U., Sydney, Australia, 1976-1980; assistant director science, Antarctic Division, Hobart, Australia, 1980-1996; paleontologist, Ocean Drilling Program, South Indian Ocean, 1988; Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions chief scientist, Antarctic Division, Hobart, since 1996.
Trustee Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, 1985-1993. Member Royal Society Tasmania (senior vice president 1986), Association Australasian Paleontologists (president 1986-1988), Science Committee on Antarctic Research (vice president since 1994).
Married Helen Christina Hughes, February 21, 1966 (divorced 1984). Children: Shaun Alexander, Kieran Vincent, Marian Clare.