Staff profile: Rosemary Golding

Position title:
Scientific Officer
Malacology Collection
+612 9320 6057
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My research explores the astonishing diversity of snails in Australasia. I use anatomical and molecular information to examine the evolutionary history of gastropod molluscs. I am primarily interested in marine and estuarine molluscan fauna, especially mangrove forest, mudflat and salt marsh habitats.

Fellowships, Grants and Awards

  • Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) National Taxonomy Research Grant Program: Hidden gastropod diversity in tropical Australian estuaries: A systematic revision of Australian Stenothyridae, Iravadiidae and Calopiidae, 2011-2014
  • James N. Kirby Foundation: Exploring the diversity and biogeography of Australasian mangrove snails, 2009-2010
  • Australian Museum Chadwick Biodiversity Fellowship, 2008-2009 
  • Australian Biological Resources Study Postgraduate Award: Evolution of Carnivory in Caenogastropoda, 2005-2008
  • Australian Museum Postgraduate Award, 2005 
  • University of Sydney Department of Anatomy and Histology: University Medal, 2004 


  • PhD, University of Sydney, 2008
  • BSc Hons, University of Sydney, 2004

Previous Employment

  • Postdoctoral Researcher at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA:
    with Dr Rüdiger Bieler, Evolution of Vermetidae (NSF grant), 2010-2011
  • Chadwick Biodiversity Fellow, Australian Museum, 2008-2009

Professional Membership

  • Councillor and member of the Malacological Society of Australasia. More 

Current Research Projects

  • Hidden gastropod diversity in tropical Australian estuaries: A systematic revision of Australian Stenothyridae, Iravadiidae and Calopiidae. See more
  • Global diversity and evolution of Vermetidae worm-snails. See more 
  • Evolution and diversity of Australasian mudflat snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Amphiboloidea). See more

Scientific Publications


  • Dayrat B, Conrad M, Balayan S, White TR, Albrecht C, Golding R, Gomes SR, Harasewych MG and de Frias Martins AM. 2011. Phylogenetic relationships and evolution of pulmonate gastropods (Mollusca): New insights from increased taxon sampling. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 59: 425-437.
  • Golding RE, Colgan DJ, Nelmes G, Reutelshöfer, T. 2011. Sympatry and allopatry in the deeply divergent mitochondrial DNA clades of the estuarine pulmonate gastropod genus Phallomedusa (Mollusca, Gastropoda) Marine Biology, 158: 159-169. Abstract


  • Golding RE. 2010. Anatomy in Toledonia warenella n. sp. (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia: Diaphanidae) visualized by three-dimensional reconstruction. Invertebrate Biology, 129: 151-164. Abstract
  • Golding RE, Ponder WF. 2010. Homology and morphology of the neogastropod valve of Leiblein (Gastropoda: Caenogastropoda). Zoomorphology, 129: 81-91. Abstract


  • Golding RE. 2009. Proboscis and foregut morphology of Ficus subintermedia (Ficidae, Caenogastropoda). The Nautilus, 123: 211-219. Abstract
  • Golding RE, Ponder WF, Byrne M. 2009. The evolutionary and biomechanical implications of snout and proboscis morphology in Caenogastropoda (Mollusca: Gastropoda). Journal of Natural History, 43: 2723-2763. Abstract
  • Golding RE, Ponder WF, Byrne M. 2009. Three-dimensional reconstruction of the odontophoral cartilages in Caenogastropoda (Mollusca: Gastropoda) using micro-CT: morphology and phylogenetic significance. Journal of Morphology, 270: 558-587. Abstract


  • Golding RE, Byrne M, Ponder WF. 2008. Novel copulatory structures and reproductive functions in Amphiboloidea (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia, Pulmonata). Invertebrate Biology, 127: 168-180. Abstract
  • Ponder WF, Wilke T, Zhang W-H, Golding RE, Fukuda H, Mason RA. 2008. Edgbastonia alanwillsi n.gen & n.sp. (Tateinae: Hydrobiidae s.l.: Rissooidea: Caenogastropoda); a snail from an artesian spring group in western Queensland, Australia, convergent with some Asian Amnicolidae. Molluscan Research, 28: 89-106. Abstract


  • Golding RE, Jones AS. 2007. Micro-CT as a novel technique for 3D reconstruction of molluscan anatomy. Molluscan Research, 27: 123-128. Abstract
  • Golding RE, Ponder WF, Byrne M. 2007. Taxonomy and anatomy of Amphiboloidea (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia: Archaeopulmonata). Zootaxa, 1476: 1-50. Abstract

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