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Pat Hutchings

Work on the systematics and ecology of polychaetes and the role which they play in marine benthic ecosystems.
Involved in trying to make identification of polychaetes easy for non specialists. Also interested in invasive species and making sure species correctly identified and not an undescribed native species. Passionate about mentoring the next generation of polychaete taxonomists

Pat's work profile

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

Pat's primary institution is: Australian Museum

Pat's position is: Senior Fellow

Pat's work in taxonomy 

Pat has the following roles: Collecting, Research, Editing publishing and reviewing

Pat's skills are in Species delimitation, Phylogenetics, Classification, Biogeography

Pat works on the taxonomy of Animals, Annelids, especially the terebellids and related families

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Pat is happy to be contacted for the following reasons:

Contact from others in the taxonomy community regarding taxonomy-related issues

Contact from members of the public for advice in areas of expertise (but not for identifications)

Contact from members of the public for identifications in areas of expertise

Contact by prospective students and others who could benefit from mentorship

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