Mr David Stemmer

Collection Manager Mammals

+61 8 8207 7531


David grew up in Germany and came to Australia in February 2000 to study Marine Biology at James Cook University. He then came to Adelaide and started working as a volunteer at the South Australian Museum in April 2001 and spent much of his time working in mammals. David was employed as Collection Manager of Mammals in July 2002.


Research Interests

Exploring new degreasing and preparation techniques for bones, in particular whale bones.               


Current Research Projects

Compiling and analysing records of vagrant fur seals in South Australia using records from the South Australian Museum and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources with Dr Peter Shaughnessy (Honorary Research Associate).


Professional Associations

  • Member, Australian Mammal Society (currently Treasurer)
  • Member, Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections              



  • Pre-diploma in Biology, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany (1999)
  • BSc in Marine Biology, James Cook University, Townsville (2001)


Media Expertise

General mammalogy and mammal collection.



  1. Kemper, C. M., Cooper S. J. B., Medlin, G. C., Adams, M., Stemmer, D., Saint, K. M., McDowell, M. C. and Austin, J. J. (2011). Cryptic grey-bellied dunnart (Sminthopsis griseoventer) discovered in South Australia: genetic, morphological and subfossil analyses show the value of collecting voucher material. Australian Journal of Zoology 59: 127–144.