There's New Scientists In Town And They're Kind Of A Big Deal

They've discovered impressive stuff!

There's New Scientists In Town And They're Kind Of A Big Deal

Four new scientists, jointly appointed by Queensland Museum and James Cook University (JCU), are building on Townsville’s reputation as an internationally recognised marine research hub.

Queensland Museum Network Director and CEO Professor Suzanne Miller is super impressed with the appointments.  

“We welcome this chance to deliver real world benefits by adding to our collections and tapping into the cutting-edge research undertaken at JCU and showcasing this research through our Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville.

“Our new researchers have already discovered ‘sea monsters’, new coral species and a shipwreck, and helped remote isolated communities share their culture with the world.”

  • Dr Espen Knutsen, our newest palaeontologist, is part of a team that discovered several new marine creatures including a Jurassic-era leviathan nicknamed "The Monster", an immense creature measuring up to 15 metres.
  • Dr Tom Bridge, Senior Curator of Corals at the Museum, examines the biodiversity of coral reefs and is particularly interested in the ‘twilight zone’ reefs that occur in the deep, dimly-lit waters of the Great Barrier Reef far offshore. Dr Bridge is responsible for the Museum’s extensive coral collection, which is one of the largest and most important collections of reef corals anywhere in the world.
  • Senior Curator of Maritime Archaeology Dr Madeline Fowler has worked in the field for five years and was part of the team from the Australian National Maritime Museum and Silentworld Foundation that discovered the wreck of Royal Charlotte (1825) on Frederick Reefs in the Coral Sea in 2012.
  • Dr Kirsty Gillespie, Senior Curator of Anthropology, has worked extensively to document performance traditions across Papua New Guinea, most recently collaborating with the people of Lihir and Newcrest Mining Limited on a cultural heritage program for the Lihir Islands.

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