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By Author: Brendan Atkins

Disturbing the peace

Marine biologist Vanessa Messmer finds that the iconic coral trout may be reaching the limits of its tolerance to the warming oceans.

By: Brendan Atkins, Category: Science, Date: 18 Mar 2013

Ouch! An isopod grabbed my tongue

Biting your tongue takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to these parasites, says marine biologist Melissa Beata Martin.

By: Brendan Atkins, Category: Science, Date: 18 Mar 2013

Making land work?

Two pieces of sandalwood from Vanuatu provide a key for understanding the cultural ties between indigenous people and their land.

By: Brendan Atkins, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 27 Sep 2012

Towards a national cultural policy

Museum Director Frank Howarth asks "What is ‘culture’?" in this foreword to Explore magazine (summer 2011).  

By: Brendan Atkins, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 15 Nov 2011

Kava – ‘pacific’ gift to the world?

By enforcing a ban on kava, are we throwing out the baby with the bathwater? asks anthropologist Kirk Huffman.

By: Brendan Atkins, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 08 Nov 2011

By strategy

Director of the Australian Museum Frank Howarth calls for the media to stop giving air to ‘the shrinking number of increasingly shrill climate change deniers’ in this editorial from Explore magazine.

By: Brendan Atkins, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 29 Aug 2011

Pacific land alienation

Land alienation is a problem not just in Papua New Guinea but across Melanesia, and it has the potential to have a catastrophic affect on Melanesian society, according to one of the region's most experienced anthropologists, Museum Research Associate Kirk Huffman.

By: Brendan Atkins, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 20 Apr 2011

Know your product

Dr Shane Ahyong is the Museum's go-to guy for crabs (or anything else with ten legs).

By: Brendan Atkins, Category: Science, Date: 28 Jan 2011

Nudibranchs in Antarctica

Meet Dr Nerida Wilson, one of several new recruits who are boosting the Museum's research capability. Nerida specialises in sea slugs and sea snails.

By: Brendan Atkins, Category: Science, Date: 21 Jan 2011

Fish frontiers

Fish scientists find on average about one species per week previously unknown from Australian waters, yet there is still so much we don’t know, says Museum ichthyologist Dr Jeff Leis.

By: Brendan Atkins, Category: Science, Date: 13 Sep 2010