Australian Museum Research Institute

Understanding and responding to challenges facing our planet through scientific research and communication.

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The Australian Museum Research Institute brings together a team of 70 including research scientists, collection scientists, collection officers and more than 100 associates, fellows and students. Our research focuses on some of today’s major challenges:

  • climate change impacts on biodiversity;
  • the detection and biology of pest species
  • understanding what constitutes and influences effective biodiversity conservation.

Our natural history collections underpin our research and are essential for our biodiversity research, and one of our main assets is our use of wildlife genomics to solve key problems. 

Our deep knowledge of biodiversity and geodiversity, combined with our integrative, collections-based approaches give us a unique perspective on understanding the evolution of our environment and on the path to a better future. We discover and document the biodiversity of our backyards and beyond, identify potentially environmentally and economically devastating pests, and use molecular techniques to solve wildlife forensic mysteries and to understand the origins of Australia’s unique fauna.

We hold an incredible 18 million objects in our natural history collections and our research is underpinned by significant scientific infrastructure including the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics, the Scanning Electron Microscopy and Microanalytical Unit, the Australian Museum Research Library and the Lizard Island Research Station, situated on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

We communicate our scientific research widely, inspiring interest in the natural world and informing decision-makers, thus making important contributions to society and the environment. In 2013-2014, the Institute’s staff published over 142 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters and books, described 180 new animal species, and provided scientific answers to thousands of queries from government, media and the general public.

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