Marvellous Molluscs – Part 2

Dr John Healy is Curator of Molluscs at Queensland Museum and is actively involved with research on molluscs (malacology). As John notes, the role of Curator of Molluscs covers many and varied activities. This includes taxonomic work on the collections, field work, identification of samples, public inquiries and even work on cultural and historical aspects of shell use and art through the ages. John has … Continue reading Marvellous Molluscs – Part 2

Marvellous Molluscs – Part 1

Darryl Potter is the Collection Manager for both Molluscs and Crustaceans at Queensland Museum. Darryl is involved in collecting, identifying, labelling, and storing specimens from the animal groups of Molluscs (snails, bivalves, chitons, squid and octopuses) and Crustaceans (crabs, shrimps, lobsters, barnacles, etcetera). He also maintains the database that stores information about these collections. Darryl has accompanied other QM scientists, such as Peter Davie (Senior Curator … Continue reading Marvellous Molluscs – Part 1

Displaying Insects

Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer, some creepy crawlies will be emerging from their period of winter inactivity. Teachers and students may like to engage in a schoolyard safari to collect, identify, and display some of our amazing Australian insects. On Queensland Museum’s Wild Backyards site you can find out how to trap insects using pitfall traps, malaise traps, and beating and … Continue reading Displaying Insects

Exploring the Deep

Dr Merrick Ekins is the Collection Manager of Sessile Marine Invertebrates at Queensland Museum. He collects Sponges, Cnidarians (Hard, Soft and Black Corals, Anemones, Jellyfish, Zooanthids), Ascidians (sea squirts), Bryozoans, Brachiopods and Hemichordates. Sessile animals are ones that are fixed in place, at least in the adult stage, and don’t tend to move around from place to place. Merrick is responsible for collection, storage, transport and maintenance of over … Continue reading Exploring the Deep