Staff profile: Dr Yong Yi Zhen

Position title:
Acting Collection Manager, Palaeontology
Palaeontology Collection
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I graduated from the Department of Geology, Peking University in 1982 with a MSc (major in Palaeontology) and was subsequently employed as an Assistant Research Professor at the Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing) from 1982 to 1986. Supported by scholarships from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of Queensland and Australian Federal Government, I came to study palaeontology at the University of Queensland in 1987. After the completion of my PhD at the University of Queensland, I worked as a Higher Education Officer with the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Sydney from 1990 to 1994 and as a Research Fellow at the Department of Earth Sciences, Macquarie University from 1995 to 1999.

Joined the Australian Museum’s Palaeontology Section as a part time Technical Officer in 1996, I became a full member in 2001, and was appointed as a Science Fellow (Sydney Grammar School) from 2001 to 2003, and as Acting Collection Manager in Palaeontology from 1/2006 to 3/2008 and since 8/2009. I was a recipient of the Australian Museum Staff Achievement Award in recognition of the contributions to two gallery projects in 2002-2003.

In the last twenty-five years, I have been active in researching Ordovician conodonts, Devonian corals and stromatoporoids, and their palaeobiology, and have participated in extensive field work and collecting trips in eastern Australia (Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and north Queensland), and in China. I was the author of over 90 scientific publications, including two books, seven book chapters, and over 50 research articles in peer reviewed palaeontological journals in Australia and overseas, among which I was the sole or senior author of 34. In the recent years I have collaborated widely with international experts from Australia, New Zealand, China, North America and Europe, focusing on Ordovician conodont taxonomy, biostratigraphy, and biogeography.

Publications by Dr Yong Yi Zhen


Doctor of Philosophy, 1991, University of Queensland.
Master of Science, 1982, Peking University.
Graduate Certificate (= BSc), 1979, Peking University.


Australian Museum Staff Achievement Award, 2003.

Professional Memberships

The Linnean Society of New South Wales.

Research Projects

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