Dr Andrea L. Crowther

Senior Collection Manager Marine Invertebrates

+61 8 8207 7612


Andrea came to Adelaide in May 2013 to take up a position as Collection Manager in Marine Invertebrates.  She has worked in museums since 2001, including the Queensland Museum, the Museum of Tropical Queensland and the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute.  It was at the University of Kansas in the United States where Andrea completed her PhD on sea anemones.


Research Interests                     

Andrea is interested in the systematics of marine invertebrates, and specialises in taxonomy of sea anemones (Cnidaria: Hexacorallia: Actiniaria).  She is interested in combining morphological and genetic data to investigate and understand the relationships and morphological evolution of sea anemones. 


Awards & Achievements

  • Martin Fellowship. National Museum of Natural History Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. “Morphological variability of the tropical Indo-Pacific sea anemone genus Phyllodiscus.”
  • Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. “Investigating taxonomic uncertainty in the sea anemone genus Lebrunia.”
  • Smithsonian short-term visitor scholarship. The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.
  • University Women’s Club scholarship. The University of Kansas.


Professional Associations           

  • Member, American Microscopical Society
  • Member, Australian Coral Reef Society
  • Member, International Society for Reef Studies
  • Member, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • Member, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Member, Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Member, Society of Systematic Biologists



  • BSc (Zoology & Marine Biology), University of Queensland, Brisbane (2000)
  • BSc (Hons, Marine Biology & Parasitology), University of Queensland, Brisbane (2001).  Report: The investigation of a symbiosis between a cerianthid tube anemone and a phoronid worm in Moreton Bay, Queensland.  Advisor: Ian Lawn
  • Graduate Certificate (Environmental Management), Griffith University, Brisbane (2005) 
  • PhD (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology), University of Kansas, USA (2013).  Dissertation: Character evolution in light of phylogenetic analysis and taxonomic revision of the zooxanthellate sea anemone families Thalassianthidae and Aliciidae.  Advisor: Daphne G. Fautin


Media Expertise

Systematics and taxonomy of sea anemones. 



  1. Crowther, A. L., Fautin, D. G., and Wallace, C. C. (2011). Stylobates birtlesi sp. n., a new species of carcinoecium-forming sea anemone (Cnidaria: Actiniaria: Actiniidae) from eastern Australia. Zookeys 89: 33–48.
  2. Crowther, A. L. (2011). 'Class Anthozoa Ehrenberg, 1834' in Zhang, Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal Biodiversity: An Outline of Higher-level Classification and Survey of Taxonomic Richness. Zootaxa 3148:19–23.
  3. Hoeksema, B. W. and Crowther, A. L. (2011). Masquerade, mimicry and crypsis of the polymorphic sea anemone Phyllodiscus semoni Kwietniewski, 1897, and its aggregations in South Sulawesi.  Contributions to Zoology 80: 251–268.
  4. Fautin, D. G., Crowther, A. L., and Wallace, C. C. (2008). 'Sea anemones (Cnidaria; Anthozoa; Actiniaria) of Moreton Bay' in Davie, P. J. F. and Phillips, J. A. (eds) Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay, Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum — Nature 54: 35–64.
  5. Khan, R. N., Becker, J. H. A., Crowther, A. L., and Lawn, I. D. (2004). Spatial distribution of symbiotic shrimps (Periclimenes holthuisi, P. brevicarpalis, Thor amboinensis) on the sea anemone Stichodactyla haddoni. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 84: 201–203.
  6. Khan, R. N., Becker, J. H. A., Crowther, A. L., and Lawn, I. D. (2003). Sea anemone host selection by the symbiotic saddled shrimp Periclimenes holthuisi. Marine and Freshwater Research 54: 653–656.