To learn more about the types and distributions of polychaete species inhabiting Australia’s coral reefs, Museum scientists are conducting a census, using specimens from museum collections and new material to be collected during expeditions in 2009.
The Archaeology & Heritage team at AMBS celebrated National Archaeology Week, 17-23 May, by showcasing the Australian Museum's role in archaeological investigations and cultural heritage management for urban planning and environmental assessment.
A research team led by Dr Lin Sutherland, a Senior Fellow in Geoscience at the Australian Museum, has completed a major study on 'genetic' signatures in Australian sapphires and rubies. The study combines precise trace element and oxygen isotope analyses on samples from a range of gem deposits, for geographic typing of local characteristics.
Quarantine scientists recently attended an Australian Museum workshop to improve their skills at identifying invasive Diptera, a large order of insects, many of which pose a threat to Australia's biosecurity.