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The Fish Section's Research Associates are appointed in recognition of their contribution to the Section's research and collections.

Research Associates have increased access to the Fish Collection and Australian Museum facilities. The following people are currently Research Associates:


His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan
His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito of Japan Image: Imperial Household Agency
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Emperor Akihito became an Australian Museum Honorary Associate in 1983 while he was the Crown Prince. He has always been very interested in natural history and conservation and has conducted research for many years on the taxonomy of gobioid fishes, a research interest he shares with Australian Museum Research Fellow Dr Doug Hoese.

Despite his numerous official duties, the Emperor still manages to study fishes. He has published papers on Australian fishes and studied fishes from the Australian Museum fish collection.

Emperor Akihito has received numerous awards and society memberships including the following:

  • 1980 - Foreign Member of the Linnean Society of London
  • 1985 - Honorary President of the Second International Conference on Indo-Pacific Fishes during which he presented a paper.
  • 1986 - Elected an Honorary Member of the Linnean Society of London
  • 1992 - Honorary Member of the Zoological Society of London
  • 1997 - Honorary Member of the Research Institute for Natural Science of Argentina
  • 1998 – The first recipient of the King Charles the Second Medal, which is awarded by the Royal Society of London to those heads of state who have made outstanding contribution to the advancement of science.

Research Interests

  • Gobioid fish taxonomy
  • Conservation

Research Publications

As a member of the Ichthyological Society of Japan, Emperor Akihito published 38 papers between 1963 and 2003, many of which appear in the Society's journal (Ichthyological Research).

Related Links

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Dr Kevin Conway

Kevin visited during February 2015 to examine clingfish specimens in the Australian Museum Ichthyology Collection.

He is an Assistant Professor of Ichthyology at Texas A&M University where he works on the taxonomy and systematics of clingfishes (Family Gobiesocidae).


Dr Anthony Gill - 2010

Tony Gill is the Natural History Curator at the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney.

He worked in the Fish Section for three days beginning on 20 December 2010. During this time he examined cleared and stained specimens and worked on a paper on goby classification.


Ken Graham

Australian Museum Research Associate, Ken Graham examining rattail specimens (family Macrouridae) at the Australian Museum, January 2008.


Professor Hiroyuki Motomura - 2012

Hiro, who is an Australian Museum Research Associate, and 3 of his students from the Kagoshima University Museum visited from 7 to 11 May 2012. He continued his research on scorpionfishes.


Rohan Pett

Rohan Pett is an Australian Museum Research Associate. He is currently working with the collection staff of the Fish Section and pursuing his own research and editing projects.

The royalites from Rohan's 1991 book Freshwater fishes of Sri Lanka allowed him to endow a foundation, the Wildlife Heritage Trust (WHT). WHT published biodiversity-relevant books (more than 40 in all) and magazines on both Sri Lankan and foreign topics (e.g., Fishes of Laos). Between 1990 and the present, he worked with a team funded by WHT, to engage in extensive biodiversity exploration in Sri Lanka, leading to the discovery and description of some 50 new species of amphibians (descriptions of a further ~30 are in progress), 22 freshwater fish, 17 reptiles and 44 freshwater crabs (among smaller numbers of taxa from other groups, including mammals).

In 2000 he won the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise.

Read more about Rohan's achievements on Wikipedia.


Dr David Pollard

Since his retirement in 2003 as Principal Research Scientist, after around32 years with the NSW Fisheries Research Institute, and since his appointment as a Research Associate with the Department of Ichthyology at the Australian Museum, Dr Dave Pollard has mainly been working, as a member of various of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) marine fish specialist groups (including the Groupers and Wrasses SG; the Snappers, Sea-breams and Grunts SG; the Sharks and Rays SG; and the Tunas and Billfishes SG), in the scientific assessment of the conservation/threat status of a wide variety of marine fish species belonging to these various taxonomic groups, particularly in relation to their potential inclusion in the IUCN's Red List (RL) of Threatened Species. This ongoing work has involved mainly species conservation assessments of various groupers (Epinephelidae), wrasses (Labridae) and sea-breams (Sparidae), as well as some work on sharks and rays (chondrichthyans), and also tunas (Scombridae) and puffer-fishes (Tetraodontidae). In addition to working on the global assessments for these specific taxonomic species groups, as part of this Red Listing work Dave has also been involved in regional RL assessments of the entire marine fish fauna of the Mediterranean Sea, and most recently that of the whole of Europe in general.

In addition to the above work Dave has also assisted in advising on threat assessments of both marine teleostean fishes and sharks and rays in northern New South Wales waters in relation to reports produced for the NSW Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA); and he is also a regular reviewer of scientific papers on fish biology and ecology, and on marine protected areas and related marine conservation ecology topics, for several international scientific journals.


Past Research Associates:

  • Dr Georgina Cooke
  • Dr Barry Goldman
  • Dr Walter W. Ivantsoff
  • Dr Patricia Kailola
  • Mr Katsusuke Meguro
  • Dr Jan Yde Poulsen
  • Mr Roger Steene