Happy International Women’s Day! In the lead up to 8 March 2015, Queensland Science have been busy celebrating International Women’s Day by shining the spotlight on women in science on their Facebook & Twitter pages and via the #womeninscience & #makeithappen hashtags. During the week a number of Queensland Museum scientists put their hand up to provide an insight into what inspired them to pursue a career in science and offer a few words of encouragement for all the young women and girls out there enthusiastic about science.
Continue reading Women in Science, Queensland Museum
By Maryanne Venables
On Saturday 23 August, National Science Week may have been winding down, but here at Queensland Museum, we were cranking up!
Twenty one students from years 7-9 participated in a workshop called the Make your Museum student challenge. This (mutual) learning experience was generated in partnership with Queensland Academies as part of their Young Scholars program.
Continue reading Meet the Museum Teams of Tomorrow – Everyday Einstein student challenge
The Queensland Museum Network has hundreds of dedicated volunteers working across its four campuses. And with so many it’s difficult to single out an individual, when the work of so many helps keep the Museum operating.
Continue reading What’s it like to be a volunteer?
Written by: Dr Barbara Baehr, Research Scientist, Terrestrial Environments (Arachnida)
Minute goblin spiders with orange armour are widely distributed but hidden! Goblin spiders have a worldwide distribution but are most common in the tropics and subtropics. Goblin spiders are mega diverse however most of the species are short range endemics living in habitats ranging from forests to deserts. The name Goblin spiders was chosen only a few years ago because of their grotesque body shape. Most of the Goblin spiders are orange colored with an armored body.
Continue reading 71 new Australian Goblin spider species named by QM researcher
Written by: Dr John Hooper, Head, Natural Environments
New species of life forms, ranging from bacteria even up to mammals, continue to be discovered across the world on a daily basis. This includes species that make up our Great Barrier Reef (GBR), one of seven natural wonders of the world. So while we may have a reasonably good idea about the numbers and different types (species) of corals and fishes that build and live in the GBR ecosystem, we know very little about the many, probably hundreds of thousands of other species living amongst them – even some very large species, but most very small.
Continue reading Understanding the diversity of the Great Barrier Reef – and why it’s important
Written by: Dr Robert Raven, Head, Terrestrial Environments
In September I travelled with a team of scientists to Cape York to search for and collect Thick-legged Eastern Coastal Tarantulas, more commonly known as Whistling Tarantulas.
Continue reading Collecting and studying tarantulas in Far North Queensland
Written by: Alex Richards, Digital Marketing Coordinator
Our Collection Imager Geoff Thompson recently won several awards at the Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustrators (AIMBI) Awards 2013 and we’re very happy to be able to share some of his work with you here! Continue reading Award-winning images of specimens from the collection