Staff profile: Cecilie Beatson

Position title:
Technical Officer
Herpetology Collection
+612 9320 6259
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A lifelong interest in natural history and a desire to work with animals led me to undertake a BSc (Zoology) at Sydney University from which I graduated in 1993. After university I found work in a number of medical research institutes as an animal attendant (NOT the kind of animal work I was hoping for!), and also as a research assistant investigating cancer therapeutics.

I later changed career paths and took on a role in border protection as an AQIS Quarantine Officer at Sydney Airport, which gave me a great insight into human behaviour if nothing else. Having considered at times the possibility of becoming a librarian, mortician or zookeeper, I was delighted to finally land a position in 2007 that embodied all three vocations - a technical officer in the Herpetology department of the Australian Museum! In this role I primarily assist the Collection Manager in maintaining, identifying and databasing reptile and amphibian specimens in the collection.


Curation of museum reptile and amphibian specimens, particularly geckos and small elapids, fieldwork, wildlife illustration, coffee breaks


Keying out small brown skinks and small brown frogs


Across the south-west and Nullabor, WA (2007)


BSc (Zoology) Sydney University 1993

Professional Memberships

Australian Society of Herpetologists (ASH)

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