Australian Museum Research Institute

The Australian Museum has spent more than 190 years building a vast collection of over 22 million objects and specimens alongside an enviable reputation for world-leading science.

Scientists and researchers at the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) form the backbone of the Australian Museum’s endeavours in scientific advancement. They undertake critical research to discover and describe new species, to understand biodiversity and contribute to conservation. Our Collections teams manage the preservation and enhancement of our Natural Science collections, to ensure they are available to support those research efforts.

Research Scientists

The Research Scientist Classification recognises the importance of scientific research in the public service by providing a career structure for public service employees who mainly conduct and publish original research. At the Australian Museum, we have a number of scientists who are part of the RSC scheme.

AMRI staff by Collection area

The Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) specialises in taxonomic and systematic research of the Australian Museum's Natural Science collections and brings together a team of more than 100 staff including research scientists, collection managers, technical officers and more than 130 associates, fellows and students. We also host many visiting local and international researchers each and every year.

Entomology and Arachnology

Entomology is the study of insects including flies, cicadas, moths, earwigs, fleas, bugs, cockroaches, bees, dragonflies, and termites.

Arachnology is the study of the group of animals called arachnids; arachnids include spiders, scorpions, harvestmen, ticks and mites

Archaeology and Geosciences

The group of Archaeology and Geosciences include: Mineralogy and Petrology (the study of minerals and rocks); Palaeontology (increasing the knowledge of ancient animals and plants by collecting and studying their fossilised remains); and, Archaeological Science.


Discover our Ichthyology collection and research of fishes; including bony fishes and cartilaginous fishes such as sharks and rays.


Our collection of molluscs includes chitons, clams, mussels, snails, nudibranchs (sea slugs), tusk shells, octopus and squid.

Marine Invertebrates

The Marine Invertebrates collection is active in research on a variety of taxa, such as annelids, cnidarians and crustaceans, and holds extensive collections of most marine phyla.

Terrestrial Vertebrates

The Terrestrial Vertebrate group include our Mammalogy, Herpetology and Ornithology collections.

Mammalogy is the study of mammals including placental mammals, marsupials and monotremes. Herpetology is the study of amphibians (including frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and caecilians) and reptiles (including lizards, snakes, amphisbaenids, turtles, terrapins, tortoises, crocodilians, and tuatara). Ornithology is the branch of zoology devoted to studying birds - the Australian Museum has one of the largest ornithological collections in the Southern Hemisphere.

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