Scott Ginn - Technical Officer, Frozen tissue Collection, ACWG.

Key Info

  • Position Title
    Technical Officer, Frozen Tissue Collection, Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics
  • Section
    DNA Laboratory
    Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics
    Australian Museum Research Institute

Email Scott Ginn

I completed my Science Degree with 1st class honours at Macquarie University in 2004. I majored in biology studying ecology, genetics, conservation and molecular biology of plants. I added three insect taxonomy units to my degree through cross-institutional study at Queensland University.

I have been working at the Australian Museum since 2003, in a variety of technical roles including collection management, insect taxonomy and identification, high-resolution digital photography and large scale biodiversity projects.

I am a trained entomologist specialising in Lepidoptera and Diptera. Most recently, I have been working on the Australian Faunal Directory update project, upgrading the nomenclatural information for more than 2300 Diptera species.

I am currently the technical officer for the Frozen Tissue Collection at the Australian Museum. The collection houses some 80,000 specimens of animal tissue and genetic material. There is a diverse representation of specimens from a variety of the museum departments including ichthyology, mammalogy, ornithology, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and malacology.

The frozen tissue collection’s association with multiple museum departments is exciting as I get to interact with a diverse group of researchers and collections staff, and am constantly abreast of the latest scientific discoveries of AM staff.


2000-02 B.Sc. Macquarie University, Sydney

Invertebrate zoology, ecology, biodiversity, conservation, geology.

Entomology (through University of Qld)

2003-04 B.Sc.(Hons 1) Biology Macquarie University, Sydney. Insect taxonomy thesis, plant/insect ecology thesis.

Grants, awards and scholarships

2001 F. A. Perkins Junior Prize in Entomology, University of Queensland

2002 F. A. Perkins Senior Prize in Entomology, University of Queensland

2012 Eureka Awards – 'highly commended' in New Scientist prize for photography


  • Ginn S.G. July 2010- September 2012 – Australian Faunal Directory - 47 Diptera families
  • Nipperess, D.A., Beattie, A.J., Faith, D.P., Ginn, S.G., Kitching, R.L., Reid, C.A.M., Russell, T., & Hughes. L.A. 2012. The evolutionary relationships of plants predicts the turnover of their associated beetle faunas. Biodiversity and Conservation 21 (2) 323-342
  • Ashcroft, M.B., Gollan, J.R., Faith, D.P., Carter, G.A., Lassau, S.A., Ginn, S.G., Bulbert, M.W. & Cassis, G. 2010. Using Generalised Dissimilarity Models and many small samples to improve the efficiency of regional and landscape scale invertebrate sampling. Ecological Informatics 5 124-132
  • Ginn, S.G., Britton, D.R and Bulbert, M.W. 2009. Correction of a record of Elodina walkeri Butler (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Australian Entomologist 36 (3) 102
  • Moore, A.S. and Ginn, S.G. 2009. New Records of Butterflies (Lepidoptera) from the Port Macquarie area, NSW area. Australian Entomologist 36 (1) 21-22
  • Ginn, S.G., Britton, D.R and Bulbert, M.W. 2007. New records for butterflies (Lepidoptera) in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, with comments on the use of Malaise traps for monitoring. Australian Entomologist 34 (3) 65-75
  • Holwell, G.I., Ginn, S.G. and Herberstein, M.E. 2007. Three new species of Ciulfina Giglio-Tos (Mantodea: Liturgusidae) from north-eastern Australia. Zootaxa 1583 23-25
  • Gotts, R.I.C. and Ginn, S.G. 2005. A new subspecies of Delias rileyi Joicey & Talbot (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) from West Papua, Indonesia. Australian Entomologist 32 (3) 141-144
  • Gotts, R.I.C. and Ginn, S.G. 2004. New subspecies of Delias Hübner (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) from West Papua, Indonesia. Australian Entomologist 31 (2) 49-58
  • Gotts, R.I.C. and Ginn, S.G. 2003. The previously undescribed female of Delias shunichii (Lepidoptera: Pieridae) from New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Australian Entomologist 30 (1) 1-4


  • Semeniuk, M., Ginn, S. and Muir, G. 2011. AMBS 2010. Biodiversity Study of the Waverley Local Government Area. Report prepared for Waverley Council by Australian Museum Business Services, Sydney. Final Report May 2011 89 pp.
  • Britton, D.R. & Ginn, S.G. 2008. Hill-topping Butterflies of the Hawkesbury-Nepean CMA: Hill-tops in the Estuary subcatchment. Report prepared for the Department of Environment and Climate Change and funded by the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority and National Heritage Trust. 41 pp.

Research Project

Britton, D.R. & Ginn, S.G. 2008. Assessment of hill-topping sites for butterflies in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority. Australian Museum for the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change.