Michael Klunzinger

Adjunct Lecturer - School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University

My day job is Environmental Coordinator for the Griffin Coal Mining Company, Western Australia.
In my off time, I am an Adjunct Lecturer of Murdoch University, which is an unpaid research position.
I am also a Research Associate of the Western Australian Museum, a member of the Western Australian Threatened Species Scientific Committee and regional coordinator for the IUCN Red List sub-committee on Freshwater Bivalves.

I have a PhD in Veterinary & Life Sciences from Murdoch University and MSc and BSc in Animal Science from Michigan State University.

My primary interest is in flora and fauna conservation and my expertise is freshwater ecology, but have a broad interest in species taxonomy, ecology and conservation policy and community science.

I would like to remain involved in academic research and am on the lookout for salaried postdoctoral research opportunities.


  • 2012–present
    Honorary Research Associate - School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University
  • 2009–2012
    Research Assistant - School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University
  • 2010–2010
    Lecturer - Environmental Science, Central Institute of Technology


  • 2012 
    Murdoch University, PhD in Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • 2002 
    Michigan State University, Master of Science, Animal Science
  • 1999 
    Michigan State University, Bachelor of Science, Animal Science


  • 2013
    A new record of Lortiella froggatti Iredale, 1934 (Bivalvia: Unionoida: Hyriidae) from the Pilbara region, Western Australia, with notes on anatomy and geographic range., Records of the Western Australian Museum (in press).
  • 2013
    Morphological and morphometrical description of the glochidia of Westralunio carteri Iredale, 1934 (Bivalvia: Unionoida: Hyriidae)., Molluscan Research (in press).
  • 2012
    Distribution of Westralunio carteri Iredale 1934 (Bivalvia: Unionoida: Hyriidae) on the south coast of southwestern Australia, including new records of the species., Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 95: 77-81.
  • 2012
    Ecology, Life History and Conservation Status of Westralunio carteri, an Endemic Freshwater Mussel of South-Western Australia., PhD Thesis, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.
  • 2012
    Glochidia ecology in wild fish populations and laboratory determination of competent host fishes for an endemic freshwater mussel of south-western Australia., Australian Journal of Zoology 60: 26-36.
  • 2011
    Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes, Crayfishes and Mussels of South-Western Australia., SERCUL and Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.
  • 2011
    Freshwater shrimp (Palaemonetes australis) may be involved in glochidia release from the freshwater mussel Westralunio carteri. , The Western Australian Naturalist 28: 61-65.
  • 2011
    Discovery of a host fish species for glochidia of Westralunio carteri (Iredale, 1934) (Bivalvia: Unionoida: Hyriidae). , Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 94: 19-23.
  • 2010
    Discovery of a host fish for glochidia of Velesunio angasi (Sowerby, 1867) (Bivalvia: Unionoida: Hyriidae) from the Fortescue River, Pilbara, Western Australia. , Australian Journal of Zoology 58, 263-266.
  • 2005
    Confirmation of phosphorus availability in low-phytate and high-protein corn to growing finishing large white toms. , Journal of Applied Poultry Research, 14: 94 – 105.
  • 2004
    Benefit of feeding dietary calcium and non phytate phosphorus levels above National Research Council recommendations to tom turkeys in the growing-finishing phases. , Poultry Science 83: 689 – 695.
  • 2002
    Utilization of low-phytic acid corn with phytase to reduce phosphorus excretion from growing turkeys and pigs. , Master of Science (Animal Science) Thesis. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA.