Staff profile: Mr Scott Ginn

Position title:
Technical Officer, Frozen Tissue Collection, Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics
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I completed my Science Degree with 1st class honours at Macquarie University in 2004. I majored in biology studying ecology, genetics, conservation and molecular biology of plants. I added three insect taxonomy units to my degree through cross-institutional study at Queensland University.

I have been working at the Australian Museum since 2003, in a variety of technical roles including collection management, insect taxonomy and identification, high-resolution digital photography and large scale biodiversity projects.

I am a trained entomologist specialising in Lepidoptera and Diptera. Most recently, I have been working on the Australian Faunal Directory update project, upgrading the nomenclatural information for more than 2300 Diptera species.

I am currently the technical officer for the Frozen Tissue Collection at the Australian Museum. The collection houses some 80,000 specimens of animal tissue and genetic material. There is a diverse representation of specimens from a variety of the museum departments including ichthyology, mammalogy, ornithology, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and malacology.

The frozen tissue collection’s association with multiple museum departments is exciting as I get to interact with a diverse group of researchers and collections staff, and am constantly abreast of the latest scientific discoveries of AM staff.


2000-02 B.Sc. Macquarie University, Sydney
Invertebrate zoology, ecology, biodiversity, conservation, geology.
Entomology (through University of Qld)

2003-04 B.Sc.(Hons 1) Biology Macquarie University, Sydney. Insect taxonomy thesis, plant/insect ecology thesis.



2001 F. A. Perkins Junior Prize in Entomology, University of Queensland
2002 F. A. Perkins Senior Prize in Entomology, University of Queensland
2012 Eureka Awards – 'highly commended' in New Scientist prize for photography

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