Ms Kate Sparks

Collection Manager Terrestrial Invertebrates (Arachnology)

+61 8 8207 7405


Originally from Melbourne where she held positions at Museum Victoria and the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, Kate moved to Adelaide and commenced a PhD at the University of Adelaide in 2008 on the systematics of Australian Monomorium ants.  She commenced her current position as Collection Manager of the Arachnology collection in May 2013.


Position at Other Organisation

  • PhD candidate, The University of Adelaide (current)


Research Interests  

Kate’s research interests focus on the systematics of Australian ants and in particular the delimitation of species in morphologically cryptic and taxonomically difficult complexes.                  


Current Research Projects

Systematics of Australian Monomorium and species delimitation in the M. ’rothsteini’ (Forel) species complex.  K. Sparks.  Ongoing PhD project.  This project is jointly funded by the University of Adelaide and the Australian Biological Resource Study.


Professional Associations

  • Member, Australian Entomological Society
  • Member, International Society of Hymenopterists
  • Member, International Union for the Study of Social Insects
  • Member, Society of Australian Systematic Biologists



  • BSc, University of Adelaide (1995)
  • Honours, La Trobe University (2000)
  • PhD study, University of Adelaide (current)



  1. Andersen, A. N., Arnan, X., and Sparks, K. (2012).  Limited niche differentiation within remarkable co-occurrences of congeneric species: Monomorium ants in the Australian seasonal tropics. Austral Ecology.  DOI: 10.1111/aec.12000