5 minutes with Dr Christine Lambkin, Curator of Entomology

What is your favourite species in the collection and why? My favourite is a specimen labelled suborder Falsifera. There are nearly 3000 species of grasshoppers and crickets in Australia. There are so many different types they are placed into two Suborders, the Ensifera and Caelifera. When Queensland Museum received the University of Queensland Insect Collection in 2011, we discovered within it a specimen representing an … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Christine Lambkin, Curator of Entomology

5 minutes with Sophie Price, Curator of Anthropology

In her position as Assistant Curator, Anthropology Sophie manages and cares for the unique, complex and extensive anthropology and social history collections at Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why? This is always a hard question – I have too many favourite objects to count! One of them is this incredible protest sign that we collected … Continue reading 5 minutes with Sophie Price, Curator of Anthropology

5 minutes with Sue-Ann Watson, Senior Curator Marine Invertebrates

Sue-Ann is Senior Curator, Marine Invertebrates at the Queensland Museum Network, based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland campus in Townsville. Her position is co-appointed with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. What is your favourite specimen in the collection and why? At Museum of Tropical Queensland we have a very large giant clam shell. This … Continue reading 5 minutes with Sue-Ann Watson, Senior Curator Marine Invertebrates

5 minutes with Espen Knutsen, Senior Curator Palaeontology

Dr Espen Knutsen is a Senior Curator Palaeontology at the Queensland Museum Network. As a key collaborator on the new exhibition, Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators, we chatted to Espen to uncover more about his fascinating career and discoveries. What is your favourite species in the collection and why? I have many favourite specimens in the Queensland Museum collections, one of which is the skull … Continue reading 5 minutes with Espen Knutsen, Senior Curator Palaeontology

5 minutes with Dr Michael Rix, Principal Curator & Research Fellow, Arachnology

What is your favourite object in the collection and why? My favourite objects in the arachnology scientific collection are our Pelican Spiders of the family Archaeidae. Pelican Spiders were actually known from fossils before living specimens were first discovered in the forests of Madagascar in the 19th Century. Today, living species are known only from Australia, Madagascar and southern Africa, but fossils are known from … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Michael Rix, Principal Curator & Research Fellow, Arachnology

5 minutes with Dr Andrew Amey, Collection Manager of Herpetology

What is your favourite object in the collection and why? My favourite object is a large, stuffed turtle said to be from the Fly River region of New Guinea, donated to us in the 19th century.  Ogilby, a curator at Queensland Museum, described Devisia mythodes in 1907, in honour of Charles De Vis, the Director of the museum at the time.  It was a most … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Andrew Amey, Collection Manager of Herpetology

5 minutes with Nick Hadnutt, Curator of Archaeology

Did you know…. archaeology is also a science? Spend 5 minutes with Nick Hadnutt, Curator of Archaeology and find out what his favourite collection item is. What is your favourite object in the collection and why? The Investigator Tree. I’m interested in this amazing artefact due to its connection with early Australian exploration. It was located on Sweers Island, Gulf of Carpentaria – a place … Continue reading 5 minutes with Nick Hadnutt, Curator of Archaeology

5 minutes with Jeff Johnson, Senior Collection Manager and Ichthyologist

On average there are around 30 new fish species from Australian waters described annually – how fin-tastic! Spend 5 minutes with Jeff Johnson, Senior Collection Manager of Ichthyologist and find out what his favourite collection item is. What is your favourite object/species in the collection and why? My favourite collection object is a pair of dried vertebrae from a huge White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias. The … Continue reading 5 minutes with Jeff Johnson, Senior Collection Manager and Ichthyologist

5 minutes with Dr Marissa McNamara

Crabs, shrimps, lobsters, barnacles and more – spend five minutes with Dr Marissa McNamara, Collection Manager (Crustacea) and learn some fascinating facts about crustaceans and some of the reasons she loves her job so much. What is your favourite species in the collection and why? Mantis shrimp! Mantis shrimp are deadly predators that strike with the speed of a bullet. They have specialised hunting limbs … Continue reading 5 minutes with Dr Marissa McNamara

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