Dr Genefor Walker-Smith

Collection Manager, Marine Invertebrates

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My scientific career started at the Museum in 1993, as an honours student studying crustacean taxonomy and it was during this project that my passion for marine crustaceans was ignited.  I went on to complete my PhD at the Museum and also worked in the Museum’s 'Crustacea Section' as a research assistant and collection manager.

After spending time as post-doc at the South Australian Museum and then as the Senior Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, I returned to Museums Victoria in 2013 as one of the collection managers, in the Marine Invertebrates Section.

Working in the Museum has provided me with a vast range of opportunities and one of my favourites are the Museum’s biodiversity surveys or 'Bioscans'.  During the Bioscans we get the chance to show people some of the amazing animals that can be found in their local environment and they are often surprised to learn that new marine species are regularly found in Victorian waters!


PhD, The University of Melbourne, 2003

Projects and events


ABRS Bush Blitz taxonomy grant, 2016–17


Amphipod Identification, Taichung, Taiwan, 2017


The South China Sea Science Conference, Taiwan May, 2017  - paper presented, Amphipods of the South China Sea – what we know so far.


Mallacoota Bush Blitz, 2016

Gippsland Lakes Bioscan, 2015

Conference organiser

The 17th Conference of the International Bryozoology Association, Melbourne, 2016


McCallum, A.W., Woolley, S., Błażewicz-Paszkowycz, M., Browne, J., Gerken, S., Kloser, R., Poore, G.C., Staples, D., McCallum, A.W., Woolley, S., Błażewicz-Paszkowycz, M., Browne, J., Gerken, S., Kloser, R., Poore, G.C., Staples, D., Syme, A., Taylor, J., Walker-Smith, G., Williams, A. and Wilson, R.S. 2015. Productivity enhances benthic species richness along an oligotrophic Indian Ocean continental margin. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24(4): 462–471.

Poore, Gary C. B., Avery, Lynda, Błazewicz-Paszkowycz, Magda, Browne, Joanna, Bruce, Niel L., Gerken, Sarah, Glasby, Chris, Greaves, Elizabeth, McCallum, Anna W., Staples, David, Syme, Anna, Taylor, Joanne, Walker-Smith, Genefor, Warne, Mark, Watson, Charlotte, Williams, Alan, Wilson, Robin S. and Woolley, Skipton 2015, Invertebrate diversity of the unexplored marine western margin of Australia: taxonomy and implications for global biodiversity, Marine Biodiversity 45 (2): 271–286.

Appeltans, W. et al. (including GWS: too many authors to list) 2012. The magnitude of Global Marine Species Diversity. Current Biology 22(23): 2189–2202.

Guenther, J., Walker-Smith, G., Warén, A. and De Nys, R. 2007. Fouling-resistant surfaces of tropical sea stars. Biofouling 23(6): 413–418.

Walker-Smith, G.K. 2005. A new species of Neopeltopsis (Copepoda, Harpacticoida, Peltidiidae) from Althorpe Island, South Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 129 (2): 170–182.

Walker-Smith, G.K. 2004. A new species of Quinquelaophonte (Crustacea: Copepoda: Harpacticoida: Laophontidae) from Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 61(2): 217–227.

Jenkins, G.P., Walker-Smith, G.K. and Hamer, P.A., 2002. Elements of habitat complexity that influence harpacticoid copepods associated with seagrass beds in a temperate bay. Oecologia 131: 598–605.

Walker-Smith, G.K., 2001. Porcellidium poorei, a new species of Porcellidiidae (Copepoda: Harpacticoida) from seagrass in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia. Journal of Crustacean Biology 21(3): 653–664.

Walker-Smith, G.K. and Poore, G.C.B., 2001. A phylogeny of the Leptostraca (Crustacea) with keys to the families and genera. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 58(2): 383–410.

Walker-Smith, G.K., 2000. Levinebalia maria a new genus and species of Leptostraca (Crustacea) from Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 57(1): 137–148.

Walker-Smith, G.K., 1998. A review of Nebaliella (Crustacea: Leptostraca) with description of a new species from the continental slope of south-eastern Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 57(1): 39–56. 

Walker-Smith, G.K., 2012. Copepoda. Australian Faunal Directory. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/online-resources/fauna/afd/taxa/COPEPODA

Rogers, D.I., Corrie, D., Hulzebosch, M., Menkhorst, P., Avery, L., Walker-Smith, G., Lyon, R.H. (2011) Surveys of benthic invertebrates in habitats potentially used by shorebirds in the Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar Site. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research Technical Report Series No. 227. Department of Sustainability and Environment, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Heidelberg, Vic.

Hughes, P.J., Huxley, J.K., Judd, C.D. Walker-Smith, G.K., Hammond, C.A. and Rozefelds, A.C. (eds). 2007. Collection, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania.

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