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.

AMRI Seminar Series #2

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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.

July 16

Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics: Becoming an Accredited Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Australia - The Trials, Tribulations and Tests!
Greta J. Frankham, Melissa Danks, Andrew King, Scott Ginn, and Rebecca N. Johnson

In 2013 the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics became one of the first NATA accredited Wildlife forensics facilities in Australia. Our extensive reference collections and expertise across a wide range of genetic techniques and different taxa perfectly positions us to be leaders in this emerging discipline, as forensic science becomes increasingly professionalised.

The case work seen in our laboratory is from a diversity of species and we are frequently asked to provide data on a variety of questions ranging from species or sub-species identification, gender testing of rare species, through to individualisation of species with un-validated markers. It is rare that these hurdles are insurmountable given the right approach but this approach must always be with the forensic lens in mind.

In this presentation, past case studies from our laboratory will be showcased to demonstrate the broad diversity of work in wildlife forensics and how accreditation has benefited our laboratory procedures and practises. From penguins to pangolins, rodents to reptiles we can all strive to conduct our science to the most robust standards.

Conservation and Research at North Head
Jennifer Anson, Wildlife Ecologist, Australia Wildlife Conservancy

The highly urbanised environment of Sydney is interspersed with pockets of remnant vegetation such as occurs on North Head at the mouth of Sydney Harbour. This headland is situated less than 10km from the CBD and borders the suburb of Manly. North Head has a long history of disturbance and has suffered faunal declines and localised extinctions consistent with other biodiversity losses across Australia. Despite this, North Head is home to endangered populations of long-nosed bandicoots and little penguins, along with half the remaining Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub community.

The conservation management of North Head is undertaken by a range of stakeholders including state and federal government agencies, university research groups, local council, special interest groups and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC). AWC has been working with other stakeholders on key conservation issues including monitoring and research of endangered populations and communities and the reintroduction of locally extinct species.

August 27

September 17

  • TBA

October 15

  • Mandy Reid (AMRI)TBA

November 12

  • Student Forum: a half day forum of 15 minute presentations from the wide range of students supervised by our staff.

December 10

  • TBA

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