Ensuring James’ passion lives on

A memorial scholarship has been developed to ensure James Moore’s passion for palaeontology lives on. James was doing a “reccie” of a potential palaeotology site on the day of the car accident.A memorial scholarship has been started to honour the passion and dedication car crash victim James Moore had for palaeontology.

James worked as a palaeontologist with Flinders University, most recently as a research officer before his death on December 29 last year.

James’ work colleagues, who were also his friends, have remembered James’ enthusiasm for his work, and with the support of James’ family, developed a memorial scholarship.

James’ supervisor and mentor, Associate ProfessorGavinPrideaux said James was well-known and loved at Flinders University and his loss had a devastating impact on his friends and colleagues.

“James was one of the nicest, kindest, most considerate, humble, enthusiastic, meticulous and hard-working people anyone could wish to meet,” Professor Prideaux said.

“We all miss his positive attitude and wonderfully dry sense of humour.”

The James Moore Memorial Scholarship in Palaeontology will offer a funded opportunity for regional young people to participate in a palaeontology expedition as well as additional work experience.

Professor Prideaux said James had been a wonderful role model for how an opportunity to try something different could develop into a real passion.

James was first exposed to the world of palaeontology whilst still in high school, when his sister Lesley Moore was studying biology at Flinders University.

“She brought James, as a year 10 student, along on a weekend palaeontology field trip to the Naracoorte Caves,” Professor Prideaux said.

“Excavating megafauna from the caves captured James’s imagination and he thought ‘wow, this is something I could really get into’.

“Until that time nothing had really grabbed James as a potentially exciting career path.”

At the start of year 11, James and Lesley accompanied Professor Prideaux on an expedition to southwest Western Australia.

“We drove across the Nullarbor and spent two weeks collecting megafauna fossils from caves in the Margaret River area,” Professor Prideaux said.

“That was it for James – he was hooked, and he chose his year 12 subjects with the express aim of coming to Flinders to study palaeontology.”

Whilst the details of the scholarship are yet to be finalised, rural young people are being encouraged to keep an eye on Flinders University’s website over the coming months.

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