Dr Jennifer Botha was a Senior Specialist Museum Scientist in Vertebrate Palaeontology at the National Museum. Her research interests are in palaeobiology and palaeoecology, focusing on the life history responses of extinct vertebrates to environmental change. She has a special interest in osteohistology, the study of fossil bone microstructure, which provides novel information about the life history of the vertebrates associated with the Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction. Jennifer has conducted 25 fossil collecting field excursions, presented or co-authored more than 50 conference presentations at both national conferences and abroad, published 50 articles in national and international scientific journals and is a B-rated scientist (National Research Foundation). She is also an active reviewer and editor of several scientific journals.