Staff profile: Ross Pogson

Position title:
Collection Manager, Mineralogy
Section:
Mineralogy Collection
Phone:
+612 9320 6252
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I have been interested in minerals from a very early age, about 5, but have a curiosity for all branches of Natural History. I have been working at the Australian Museum since 1979, starting off as a Technical Officer (Scientific) and progressing to Scientific Officer, in the Geoscience (Mineralogy and Petrology) Unit. I have been Collection Manager for Mineralogy and Petrology since 1989. My scientific interests include X-ray diffraction and laser Raman studies of minerals, computer applications in Mineralogy, zeolite and cave minerals, and meteorites.

I travel widely, visiting Museum mineral displays and mineral field collecting sites all over Australia and overseas. Most of the field work has been in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland, but has recently extended to New Zealand. My work also involves giving talks on various mineral and meteorite topics at conferences and seminars, as well as talks to professional & amateur societies.

Although I conduct research on zeolite minerals and meteorites, my main work is at Jenolan Caves, NSW, studying a range of uncommon cave minerals with joint researchers over the last 12 years. The results of these investigations are published in a range of Australian and overseas scientific journals and popular magazines. I have appeared several times on “Totally Wild’ on Channel 10 TV, and have given  newspaper and radio interviews on meteorites and minerals. I greatly enjoy giving tours through the Australian Museum mineral collection and giving visitors an insight into the amazing world of minerals. My main hobby of Astronomy also helps with my Museum work on meteorites.

Qualifications

Diploma in Technology (Science), (Credit), NSW Institute of Technology, 1975

Bachelor of Applied Science (1st Class Honours), University of Technology, Sydney, 1979
Thesis Title: ‘The Geology and mineralisation of Cullulla Silver-Lead Mine, south-eastern New South Wales, supported by resistivity and self-potential prospecting with a simplified portable apparatus”

Master of Science, University of Technology, Sydney, 2001
Thesis Title: ‘Laser Raman characterisation of zeolites’
 

Professional Memberships

Member, Mineralogical Society of New South Wales
Member, Geological Society of Australia
Member, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Member, Royal Society of New South Wales
Member, Astronomical Society of New South Wales