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Owen Seeman

I arrived in acarology over 25 years ago, thanks to seasickness torpedoing aspirations in marine biology, and a realisation that I knew nothing about insects, except that most were not marine and they were more interesting than seashells. This transitioned to a fascination for mites and the extraordinary things they do in some of the most unusual places. After studying flower-inhabiting mites that ride on bees and birds, the remarkable diversity of mites on passalid beetles, and a dalliance with the Tasmanian mite fauna, I joined the Queensland Museum as a collection manager and acarologist. Much of my research has focused on the species diversity, morphological adaptations and curious relationships between mites and their host insects.

Owen's work profile

Owen works in the following sector(s): Collections Institution

Owen's primary institution is: Queensland Museum

Owen's position is: Collection Manager

Owen's work in taxonomy 

Owen has the following roles: Collecting, Specimen preparation, Identification, Research, Collection Management, Information Management, Editing publishing and reviewing

Owen's skills are in Species delimitation, Classification, Nomenclature

Owen works on the taxonomy of Animals, Arachnids, Mites, Trigynaspida, Heterostigmatina, Tetranychoidea

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