The summer edition of Explore bursts with news and in-depth articles about the work of experts across the Museum. Featuring insights into the east coast frog die-off by Dr Jodi Rowley, a photo gallery of the weird and wonderful creatures discovered recently by AMRI scientists, and the newest acquisitions of the AM Collection.

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4 – What’s on

5 – Welcome
Kim McKay AO

6 – Museum news

14 – Croaked: The 2021 frog die-off
Jodi Rowley

17 – New acquisition: Kimberley boab nut collection

18 – New to science: Meet some of the Australian Museum Research Institute's discoveries, 2020-21
Professor Kris Helgen

24 – A moment in time: Q&A with Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition winner Scott Portelli

26 – Ancient fossils from Australia's Red Centre
Dr Patrick Smith

29 – New acquisition: The Michael Abbott Bali Collection
Stan Florek

30 – The Climate Cure: The inaugural Talbot Oration
Professor Tim Flannery

39 – New acquisition: The Bill Sherwin Frozen Tissue Collection
Dr Mark Eldridge and Dr Sandy Ingleby

40 – My museum
Fran Dorey

42 – Great philanthropists

43 – Around the Museum