5 minutes with Dr Tom Bridge

Take a deep dive virtually into the Great Barrier Reef this week as Dr Tom Bridge, Senior Curator of Corals spends 5 minutes chatting about his favourite parts of the collection and his research. What is your favourite species in the collection and why? Since I started at Museum of Tropical Queensland we have collected a number of new species. They are not yet registered … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Tom Bridge

5 minutes with Dr Brit Asmussen

Spend five minutes with Dr Brit Asmussen, Acting Principal Curator, Cultures and Histories as she chats about her work as a research scientists and her favourite items in the Queensland Museum Collection. What is your favourite object in the collection and why? I currently work across several collections (Indigenous Cultures, Archaeology, Antiquities, World Cultures), and I find the more I work with the really wide … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Brit Asmussen

5 minutes with Dr Merrick Ekins, Collection Manager of Sessile Marine Invertebrates

Today’s #CouchCurator is Dr Merrick Ekins, Collection Manager of Sessile Marine Invertebrates who is sharing some of his favourite items from the collection. What is your favourite species in the collection and why? Carnivorous sponges, because they have evolved as a carnivorous feeding type from a filter feeder to adapt to the lack of food at the ocean’s abyss. Do you have any interesting facts? … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Merrick Ekins, Collection Manager of Sessile Marine Invertebrates

5 minutes with Dr John Healy, Curator of Marine Biodiversity (Molluscs)

Today’s #CouchCurator is Dr John Healy, Curator of Marine Biodiversity (Molluscs) who is sharing some of his favourite items from the collection. What is your favourite species in the collection and why? My favourite molluscan object in the collection would probably be the Giant Triton (Charonia tritonis) because both the shell and the rarely photographed living animal are both very attractive. This species has a … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr John Healy, Curator of Marine Biodiversity (Molluscs)

5 minutes with Imelda Miller, Curator, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Indigenous Studies

Today’s #CouchCurator is Imelda Miller, Curator, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Indigenous Studies who is sharing some of her favourite exhibition at the museum. Tell us a little bit about your area and why do you love working in this specific research area? Queensland is home to two distinct First Nations Peoples; the Aboriginal People of the mainland continent of Australia and the Torres Strait … Continue reading 5 minutes with Imelda Miller, Curator, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Indigenous Studies

5 minutes with Patrick Couper, Senior Curator, Reptiles

Today’s #CouchCurator is Patrick Couper, Senior Curator, Reptiles who is sharing some of his favourite items from the collection. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why? My favourite species is Phyllurus isis, a small leaf-tailed gecko that I discovered on Mt Blackwood, north of Mackay, in the early 1990s. This was one of my earliest species descriptions and is associated with fond … Continue reading 5 minutes with Patrick Couper, Senior Curator, Reptiles

5 minutes with Dr Barbara Baehr, Arachnologist

Today’s #CouchCurator is Arachnologist, Dr Barbara Baehr who is sharing some of her favourite items from the Collection. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why? Well I guess it is the Intertidal Bob Marley Spider “Desis bobmarleyi” as this species lives in the intertidal zone between high tide and low tide. We named this spider after the reggae legend Bob Marley because … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Barbara Baehr, Arachnologist

5 minutes with Kristen Spring, Collection Manager, Geosciences

Today’s #CouchCurator is Collection Manager Geosciences Program, Kristen Spring who is sharing some of her favourite items from the Collection. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why? My role involves looking after all of the 7 or so million items we have in the Collection, and therefore I really can’t play favourites! However, if I had to name that one specimen that … Continue reading 5 minutes with Kristen Spring, Collection Manager, Geosciences

5 minutes with Darryl Potter, Collection Manager, Biodiversity (Mollusca)

Today’s #CouchCurator is Collection Manager, Biodiversity (Mollusca) Darryl Potter who is sharing some of his favourite items from the Collection. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why? Not just one, rather difficult to pinpoint (like what’s your favourite song amongst numerous genres.) 1) Various species of Australian Land Snails (camaenids, caryodids, helicarionids, etc) – eg Giant Panda Snail. 2) Various species of … Continue reading 5 minutes with Darryl Potter, Collection Manager, Biodiversity (Mollusca)

5 minutes with Dr Robert Raven, Arachnology

Today’s #CouchCurator is Head, Terrestrial Biodiversity & Senior Curator, Chelicerata, Dr Robert Raven. With a wide knowledge of invertebrate groups, including earthworms and snails, as well as some frogs, Robert heads the most active arachnological unit in Australia. In 2010, they celebrated that since 1976, staff and honorary associates have described over 1000 new species of spiders. What is your favourite species in the collection … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Robert Raven, Arachnology

5 minutes with Dr Geraldine Mate

Today’s #CouchCurator is Acting Head, Cultures and Histories program, Dr Geraldine Mate who is sharing some of her favourite items from the Collection. I get to look after Queensland’s cultural history – it’s quite a privilege. And one of the things I love, as time goes by the intertangling of skeins, how one thread will connect to another, across collections and across object types – … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Geraldine Mate

5 Minutes with Dr Owen Seeman, Collection Manager: Arachnida at Queensland Museum

Today’s #CouchCurator is the Arachnids Collection Manager from Queensland Museum – Dr Owen Seeman  who is sharing some of his favourites from the collection. I get to work in one of Australia’s best mite collections, with the only employed acarologist in Australia (Jenny Beard), and other amazing people who know the animals of Queensland and Australia. It’s a collection of people and specimens found nowhere … Continue reading 5 Minutes with Dr Owen Seeman, Collection Manager: Arachnida at Queensland Museum

5 minutes with Rob Shiels, Collection Manager from The Workshops Rail Museum

Today’s #CouchCurator is the Collection Manager from The Workshops Rail Museum – Rob Shiels who is sharing some of the most interesting items from his collection, along with his favourites.  Rob Shiels, Collection Manager, The Workshops Rail Museum Railways are a fantastic area of research because they have had such a profound impact on the way the world has developed since the mid-19th Century. In … Continue reading 5 minutes with Rob Shiels, Collection Manager from The Workshops Rail Museum