Staff profile: Cecilie Beatson

Position title:
Technical Officer
Section:
Herpetology Collection
Phone:
+612 9320 6259
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Profile

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.

Likes:

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

Dislikes:

Keying out small brown skinks and small brown frogs

Fieldwork:

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

Qualifications

BSc (Zoology) Sydney University 1993

Professional Memberships

Australian Society of Herpetologists (ASH)