Marine Invertebrates Research
The diversity of marine invertebrates is such that research is limited to a few groups of organisms in any single period of time, but the vast scope of the collection ensures that there is enormous potential for further research. In more recent years the evolution of groups such as polychaete worms and featherstars (crinoids), have been the subject of examination. Another area of research interest focuses on fossil gastropods. Other research continues with amphipods and hemichordates.
Wolfgang Zeidler is an Honorary Associate working within the section on amphipods. His research concentrates on a world revision of the group Hyperiidea (Crustacia: Amphipoda). He has also published widely on new jellyfish species (mainly Hydromedusa).
Rachael King is a research biologist specialising in crustacean systematics (both marine and freshwater). She is also an Affiliated Research Fellow of the University of Adelaide, working within the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology group. Current projects include the exploration, description and examination of the evolutionary relationships among freshwater amphipods (family Chiltoniidae) from mound springs and ground water systems across Australia; systematics of terrestrial and marine isopods; systematics of marine and freshwater amphipods.
Bob Hamilton-Bruce is a Collection Manager within the section with a particular interest in mollusca. He has been working on opalised fossil specimens of non-marine gastropods from the Lower Cretaceous of eastern Australia. Thierry Laperousaz is also a Collection Manager within Marine Invertebrates and is currently researching Ascidians.