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
The 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.
Using archaeology to disentangle ethnographic museum collections from Papua New Guinea
Dr Robin Torrence, Australian Museum Research Institute
Entering the Australian Museum Pacific ethnographic stores, one is confronted by row upon row of lifeless objects, most of which were acquired over a century ago by explorers, missionaries, traders, and government officials. What can this amazing range of drums, shields, dresses, ornaments, etc. tell us about the people who made and used them? Re-animating these objects can be quite a challenge for current communities whose modern lives differ markedly from the 19th century. Ongoing research by a collaborative team is developing archaeological methods to try to tease out stories from the collections about the complex relationships between local communities in Papua New Guinea and the explorers, traders, missionaries, and scientists they encountered during the late 19th-early 20th century. A range of approaches based on the archaeological concept of the assemblage are yielding valuable insights into the colonial process from the perspective of the people who made, decorated, gifted and traded the objects that ended up in the collections.
From the Kimberley to the Flinders Ranges: Advances in land snail research and their implications for conservation
Dr Frank Koehler, Australian Museum Research Institute
Land snails represent a significant component of the terrestrial invertebrate fauna. Recent years have seen significant progress in the documentation of their taxonomic and ecological diversity throughout Australia. Because of their narrow distributions and habitat fidelity, many species are particularly susceptible to the impacts of habitat degradation or destruction. This vulnerability is reflected in increasing numbers of red-listed species throughout Australia. Using examples from our recent work, I’ll explore the boundaries of our current knowledge and discuss future challenges and new avenues in the inventory and conservation of land snails in Australia.
Please email Robin Torrence or call her on (02) 9320 6401.