Mike is a Principal Curator of Arachnology and Research Fellow in the Biodiversity and Geosciences Program at Queensland Museum Network. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland, and his Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia in 2009. Before joining the Queensland Museum, Mike worked at the Western Australian Museum and the University of Adelaide, and joined the staff at Queensland Museum in 2015. Mike works primarily on the taxonomy, systematics, evolutionary biology and molecular biology of Australian spiders.
The overriding aim of his research is to combine phylogenetic approaches to explore biogeographic and other evolutionary problems, with revisionary taxonomic approaches to describe and conserve species. He has dedicated most of his career to working with collections and to taxonomically documenting the remarkable spider faunas of Australia and the other Austral continents, and has described over 210 species in eight families.
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