I am a palaeontologist living and working in Alice Springs, in the red centre of Australia. I moved here with my wife and three kids from Johannesburg, South Africa. I used to focus my research on dinosaurs, and it is fair to say I am still a dino nut but these days I work on fossils from the NT, be they turtles, tassie tigers or anything else. In my spare time I like to watch birds, catch beetles, lizards and snakes and generally find out as much about the species around me as I can.
Yesterday, quantative morphologist and physical anthropologist Charles 'Charlie' Lockwood died in a motorbike accident in London. The story has been covered elsewhere but I wanted to add my voice to those sending their condolences to the Lockwood family. This is especially sad news for people from Wits for Charlie was due to take up his appointment as the first director of the newly created Institute of Human Origins at Wits University here in Johannesburg. I only met Charlie on a couple occasions as he visited Wits but I found him to be an affable and dynamic young scientist. I was looking forward to see the IHE (which has close ties to the BPI where I work)grow under Charlie's leadership. Alas it was not to be.