Entomology/Arachnology Registration Officer, Museums Victoria

I am a biologist primarily interested in the taxonomy/systematics, evolution, and behaviour of Australian spiders. I have a background in invertebrate systematics having described several species of Maratus (peacock spiders), and co-publishing a preliminary revision of the genus Jotus (brushed jumping spiders). I am currently employed by Museums Victoria as a Legacy Registration Officer in Entomology/Arachnology.

In my role at Museums Victoria, it is my duty to physically and electronically register invertebrate specimens to our Museum’s database. This important project allows us to effectively manage the collections, and ensures our data is available to the public. Our records and specimen data are available through MV Collections online and through other online aggregators such as Atlas of Living Australia, making them accessible to researchers around the globe.

Prior to my position at Museums Victoria, I was employed as a Research Assistant in the Chown Laboratory (Monash University, School of Biological Science) conducting experimental work on Collembola (springtails) including trait limits, species interaction trials, abundance surveys, and the developing an interactive taxonomic key to the laboratory’s assemblage of Collembola. I have also previously been involved with working with agricultural pest insects during my undergraduate placement at Agribio: Centre for Agribioscience, and spiders at Queensland Museum.

Experience

  • –present
    Arachnologist, Museums Victoria