Yes I do work at the Queensland Museum but
in the insect section. The Curator of Fish is (funnily enough) Jeff Johnson http://www.qmuseum.qld.gov.au/organisation/staff/detail.asp?StaffName=Johnson,Jeffrey .
We both get a lot of misdirected phone calls for each other. I will check
with him tomorrow but I do know that there has been a big project surveying the
deeper areas between the reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. That project, the
Seabed Biodiversity Project, includes all sorts of marine organisms but
I saw Jeff working on identifying fish species from that survey a week
or so ago. This project was mentioned on "Earthbeat", Radio National's
environmental program, last Saturday, 8th May, which is where you may have heard
about it. You can listen to the program here http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/earth/ .
It's mostly about the loss of funding for the two tropical Co-operative Research
Centres because their research did not have enough commercial application. The
bit about the project is about half way through, just after the Science
Jeff also recently found a very
rare shark that got a lot of media attention a couple of months back. He does
not have an assistant and has to do his own illustrations. I helped him with an
illustration not so long ago when it got too hard.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 11:09
Subject: Queensland Museum fish
I am botanical and natural history artist in Melboune, I've worked at
National Herbarium for many years. I just heard some news that the Queensland
Museum is working on a fish project. Do you work at the Museum? do you know
anything about this? I am painting a great deal of fish at the moment and am
interested in any projects on fish. Should I contact you on your personal
Also for list people, what is the name of the technique for fish printing
or stamping and is there any good info on how it is done?