What's on: AMRI Seminar Series
The Australian Museum Research Institute hosts a monthly series of short talks showcasing current research at the Australian Museum.
- Event Type:
- Special event
- 01.00 PM to 02.00 PM
Each seminar consists of two 30-minute snapshots of new results or ongoing projects designed to keep our staff informed, but are also open to members of the public with an interest in scientific research.
Island expeditions and tammar wallabies: mutiny, murder and marsupials
Dr Mark Eldridge, Australian Museum Research Institute
The tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii) is one of the most intensively studied of all macropodids and was the first Australasian marsupial species to have its genome sequenced. However, comparatively little is known about genetic diversity within the allopatric populations of tammars found in southern Australia. Following arduous fieldwork on remote WA islands in the Abrolhos and Recherché Archipelagoes, we used several classes of genetic markers to examine genetic differentiation within tammar wallaby populations across their range. Significant differentiation amongst populations is revealed, especially between SA and WA, with implications for tammar taxonomy and nomenclature.
Future heritage: contemporary responses to Ian Hogbin's collection from Longgu, Guadalcanal, 1933
Dr Elizabeth Bonshek, University of Canberra
In 2013, 5 wood carvers from Nangali village, Guadalcanal island, Solomon Islands made a collection of ceremonial feasting bowls for the Australian Museum. This seminar presents the lead up to the presentation of these bowls to the museum, a response built upon the Longgu encounter with Ian Hogbin's ethnographic collection (made as part of the Sydney University Collection) in 1933. Contemporary views of Hogbin's collection brought the significance of these objects as heritage to the fore, but emphasized the creation of new objects for the museum as holding future memories of wood carving for Longgu youth.
- Student Forum: a half day forum of 15 minute presentations from the wide range of students supervised by our staff.
Please email Robin Torrence or call her on (02) 9320 6401.