Dr Matt Shaw

Terrestrial Invertebrates Collection Manager

+61 (8) 8207 7405

Matt started as a Collection Manager in Terrestrial Invertebrates in December 2018. Matt has worked at the Queensland Museum in various collection-based roles in the Arachnology Section and public outreach roles in the Discovery Centre. Before moving to Adelaide he was Associate Curator (Natural History) at Canterbury Museum in Christchurch. 

Research Interests

Matt has broad interests in invertebrates. Looking for animal groups that are underappreciated, diverse, and have important roles in ecosystems, led him to mites. He has developed a special interest in dermanyssine mites which are found in many habitats including soil and litter and as associates of insects and vertebrates. These are useful creatures for exploring the evolution of symbiosis and parasitism.

Awards and Achievements

Hoogstraal Award, Ohio State University

Professional Associations

Australian Entomological Society

Entomological Society of New Zealand


BSc (Hons), PhD University of Queensland


Shaw MD Szczepanski J, Murray S, Vink CJ and Hodge S (2017). Ideas made glass: Blaschka glass models at Canterbury Museum. Records of the Canterbury Museum 31: 5–84.


Geary IJ, Merfield CN, Hale RJ, Shaw MD and Hodge S (2016). Predation of nymphal tomato potato psyllid, Bactericera cockerelli (Šulc) (Hemiptera: Triozidae), by the predatory mite, Anystis baccarum L. (Trombidiformes: Anystidae). New Zealand Entomologist 39(2):110–116.

Shaw MD and Poore GCB. (2016). Types of Charles Chilton’s Crustacea with comments on his collections in the Canterbury Museum. Records of the Canterbury Museum 30: 25–51.


Hitchings TR, Hitchings TR and Shaw MD (2015). A revision of the distribution maps and database of New Zealand mayflies (Ephemeroptera). Records of the Canterbury Museum 29: 5–34. https://www.canterburymuseum.com/assets/Uploads/Museum-Records-2015-vW.pdf

Shaw MD (2014a). Haemolaelaps Berlese, new status, removed from synonomy with Androlaelaps Berlese (Acari: Laelapidae). Zootaxa 3841(2):285–292.

Shaw MD (2014b). Ulyxes, gen. nov., an Australopapuan genus associated with arboreal nests (Acarina: Mesostigmata: Laelapidae). Zootaxa 3878(3):261–290.

Shaw MD (2012). Re-evaluation of Pseudoparasitus (Gymnolaelaps) annectans (Womersley): a new genus and two new species (Acarina: Mesostigmata: Laelapidae). Zootaxa 3453:25–42. https://mapress.com/zootaxa/2012/f/z03453p042f.pdf

Shaw MD (2011). Laelapidae (Acari: Mesostigmata) on megachiropteran bats: new records and a new species of Neolaelaps Hirst. Zootaxa 2807:41–56. http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/f/z02807p056f.pdf

Shaw MD (2010). Post-larval stages of Ascoschoengastia (Laurentella) lorius (Gunther) (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) provide evidence for a nest-based life history. Zootaxa 2680:55–64. http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2010/f/z02680p064f.pdf

Shaw MD and Seeman OD (2009). Two new species of Myrmozercon (Acarina: Laelapidae) from Australian ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 2025:43–55. http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2009/f/z02025p055f.pdf

Unsworth NB, Stenos J, Graves SR, Faa AG, Cox GE, Dyer JR, Boutlis CS, Lane AM, Shaw MD, Robson J and Nissen MD (2007). Flinders Island spotted fever rickettsioses caused by "marmionii" strain of Rickettsia honei, Eastern Australia. Emerging Infectious Diseases 13: 568–572. http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/13/4/566.htm

Murray MD, Palma RL, Pilgrim R and Shaw MD (2006). Ectoparasites of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. In: Higgins P.J. and Peter J.M. (ed.), Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Boatbill to Starlings. Oxford University Press, Melbourne. 1956–1960.

Lane AM, Shaw MD, McGraw EA and O'Neill SL (2005). Evidence of a spotted fever-like rickettsia and a potential new vector from northeastern Australia. Journal of Medical Entomology. 42(5):918–921. http://docserver.esa.catchword.org/deliver/cw/pdf/esa/freepdfs/00222585/v42n5s30.pdf

Walter DE and Shaw MD (2005). Mites and Disease. In: Macquardt WC (ed.), Biology of Disease Vectors. Elsevier Academic Press. 25–44.

Shaw MD and Walter DE (2003) Hallowed hideaways: basal mites in tree hollows and allied habitats. In: Basset Y, Novotny V, Miller SE and Kitching RL (ed.), Arthropods of Tropical Forests: spatio-temporal dynamics and resource use in the canopy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 291–303.

Walter DE and Shaw MD (2003). The importance of being ernest: exotic invasive mites (Arachnida: Acari) on Australian vertebrates. In: Austin AD, Mackay DA and Cooper SJB (ed.). Records of the South Australian Museum Monograph Series. South Australian Museum, Adelaide. 25–30.

Murray MD, Palma RL, Pilgrim RLC and Shaw MD (2003). Ectoparasites of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. In: Higgins PJ and Peter JM (ed.), Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Pardalotes to Shrike-Thrushes. Oxford University Press, Melbourne. 1215–1217.

Walter DE and Shaw MD (2002). First record of the mite Hirstiella diolii Baker (Prostigmata: Pterygosomatidae) from Australia, with a review of mites found on Australian lizards. Australian Journal of Entomology, 41:30–34.

Murray MD, Palma RL, Pilgrim RLC and Shaw MD (2001). Ectoparasites of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. In: Higgins PJ, Peter JM and Steele WK (ed.), Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Tyrant-flycatchers to Chats. Oxford University Press, Melbourne. 1261–1263.

Shaw MD, Murrell A and Barker SC (2001). Low intraspecific variation in the rRNA internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) of the Australian paralysis tick, Ixodes holocyclus. Parasitology Research 88(3):247–252.

Shaw MD (1999). Mites and ticks from Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) burrows on Masthead Island. The Queensland Naturalist 37(4–6): 43–47.

Shaw MD (1996). Some mammal observations from the McIllwraith Range including a new roost record for the dusky leafnosed-bat, Hipposideros ater. The Queensland Naturalist 34(4–6): 35–40