Michael Klunzinger

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

I am particularly interested in Environmental issues, especially the conservation of Australia's native fauna.

Since 2009, I have focussed my research on the biology, ecology and conservation of freshwater bivalves.

While I have not been fortunate enough to land a postdoctoral fellowship (yet?), I am employed full-time as a Sampling Officer for Unitywater in SE Queensland.

I remain active in research as an Adjunct Lecturer (Murdoch University) and Research Associate (Western Australian Museum) and as a member of the IUCN Red List Mollusc Specialist Group.


  • 2013–present
    Adjunct Lecturer, Murdoch University
  • 2015–present
    Research associate, Western Australian Museum
  • 2012–2013
    Honorary Research Associate, 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


  • 2015
    Molecular phylogenetic analysis supports a Gondwanan origin of the Hyriidae (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Unionida) and the paraphyly of Australasian taxa, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
  • 2015
    Range decline and conservation status of Westralunio carteri Iredale, 1934 (Bivalvia :Hyriidae) from south-western Australia, Australian Journal of Zoology
  • 2014
    Bivalves in a bottleneck: taxonomy, phylogeography and conservation of freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionoida) in Australasia, Hydrobiologia
  • 2014
    Age and growth in the Australian freshwater mussel, Westralunio carteri, with an evaluation of the fluorochrome calcein for validating the assumption of annulus formation, Freshwater Science
  • 2013
    Morphological and morphometrical description of the glochidia of Westralunio carteri Iredale, 1934 (Bivalvia: Unionoida: Hyriidae), Molluscan Research
  • 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 evidence shows that not all Velesunioninae have smooth umbos, Journal of Molluscan Studies
  • 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.


CSIRO Publishing Australian Journal of Zoology Best Student Paper (2016); Australian International PhD Scholarship (2010-2013)

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