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Robin Wilson

My principal research interest is the systematics and diversity of marine segmented worms or polychaetes, more correctly known as Annelida. This interest has been driven by the dominant role annelids have in marine environments, where they are often more abundant and comprise more species than any other kind of marine invertebrate. For these the simple but vital task of identification – being able to recognise a species each time we see it – is not so simple, especially in Australia where there are so many species are yet to be described. Therefore, my research has a taxonomic focus: on describing species, but also on making identification guides, so that others can also identify marine annelids more easily and more accurately.

Robin's work profile

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

Robin's primary institution is: Museums Victoria

Robin's position is: Senior Curator, Marine Invertebrates

Robin's work in taxonomy 

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

Robin's skills are in Species delimitation, Phylogenetics, Classification, Biodiversity informatics

Robin works on the taxonomy of Animals, Annelids, Polychaeta

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Robin 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 re potential citizen science projects that could contribute to taxonomic research

Contact by prospective students and others who could benefit from mentorship

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