Collection manager Robyn Cumming with specimen

Dr Robyn Cumming is a Collection Manager and Researcher in the Biodiversity and Geosciences program at the Museum of Tropical Queensland Townsville, and is a taxonomist and ecologist.

She is responsible for the management, preservation and databasing of museum collections (approx. 50,000 specimens) of tropical marine invertebrates and vertebrates, including bryozoans (lace corals, sea mats, moss animals), crustaceans, echinoderms and marine mammals.

Robyn is primary user of the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) acquired by Project DIG to streamline our collection imaging process. She is assisting in the development of a digital library allowing our researchers to identify specimens, contribute to further research and in the case of Great Barrier Reef specimens, inform conservation efforts.

Robyn’s research targets contemporary issues in biodiversity science, with focus on Museum of Tropical Queensland collections of the Phylum Bryozoa (approx. 25,000 specimens), in the fields of taxonomy, systematics, ecology and biogeography. Current projects (in collaboration) include:

  1. Ecology and taxonomy of coral reef and inter-reefal Bryozoa of the Great Barrier Reef.
  2. Taxonomy and biogeography of Bryozoa of the Gulf of Carpentaria and across northern Australia.
  3. Phylogeny and taxonomy of the Lanceoporidae (Bryozoa: Smittinoidea).

Research projects supported by Project DIG

Revealing microscopic details using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

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