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:
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.
- Gobioid fish taxonomy
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).
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).
Australian Museum Research Associate, Ken Graham is a specialist of the family Macrouridae, commonly known as Rattails.
Ken was former Captain of the Fisheries Research vessel Kapala and is now a Research Associate in the fish section. Ken continues his fish identifications on many and varied families and contributing to many research projects and is a valued member of the fish team.
Tony is an Australian larval fish expert, being co-author of the book, Larvae of Temperate Australian FIshes.
Tony previously worked as an Environment Project Officer in the Environment and Health Division of Wollongong City Council.
Tony has visited many times over the years to examine specimens in the larval fish collection. Tony is now a Research Associate in the fish section and a valued member of the team, contiuing his larval fish identifications and contributing to many research projects.
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.
Graham Short is a research associate at the Australian Museum, as well as the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and the Burke Museum in Seattle.
As an Ichthyologist, Grahams research interests are focused on the phylogenetics, taxonomy, and systematics of fishes in the Syngnathidae family (seahorses, seadragons, pygmy pipehorses, and pipefish).
In pursuit of his interest Graham combines several lines of research which involves considerable field and lab work in collaboration with fellow international syngnathid researchers. This research includes:
- Phylogenetic studies based on multi-gene and next generation sequencing to resolve the evolutionary relationships of these unique fishes at the generic and species level.
- The collection of syngnathids via scuba and seining from Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.
- The description of new species of syngnathids based on genetics and morphology, the latter being examined by powerful CT scans to reveal novel diagnostic characters.
In 2018, Graham and his team described the new pygmy seahorse from Japan, Hippocampus japapigu, which has been featured online by National Geographic and the BBC. This seahorse has also been recognised by the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) for Taxonomist Appreciation Day, and featured in the TOP 10 Marine Species of 2018.
In 2020, Graham and his team also described the first species of pygmy seahorse from Africa and the Indian Ocean, Hippocampus nalu. This seahorse was the eighth Pygmy seahorse to be discovered and is also featured online here at the Australian Museum and by National Geographic.
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.
Since his retirement in 2003 as Principal Research Scientist, after around 32 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.
- Dr Georgina Cooke
- Dr Barry Goldman
- Dr Walter W. Ivantsoff
- Dr Patricia Kailola
- Mr Katsusuke Meguro
- Dr Jan Yde Poulsen
- Mr Roger Steene