Dr Karen Roberts

Dr Karen Roberts

Collection Manager, Vertebrate Zoology

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As collection manager, I manage and maintain the Mammalogy, Ornithology and Herpetology collections at Museums Victoria. This role also includes facilitating access to the State Collections through loans and for visiting researchers, assisting with field work, preparation and accession of specimens into the State Collections, and providing expertise on mammals and the vertebrate collections to help with public enquiries, exhibitions and other stakeholders.

My interest is in Australia's unique native mammals and their evolution. I graduated with a PhD in 2008 studying the early evolution of ringtail possums (Pseudocheiridae). I subsequently spent 12 months working at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (Washington DC) on collection-based projects in Vertebrate Palaeontology and the Herbarium. I joined Museums Victoria in 2010 and have been a collection manager in Vertebrate Zoology since 2012.


PhD, Biological Science, University of New South Wales, 2008

BSc (Hons), Biological Science and Geology, University of New South Wales, 2004

Key publications

Meredith RW, M Mendoza, KK Roberts, M Westerman and MS Springer. 2010. A phylogeny and timescale for pseudocheirid (Marsupialia: Diprotodontia) evolution in Australia and New Guinea. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 17(2): 75-99.

Roberts KK, M Archer, H Godthelp and SJ Hand. 2009. New Oligo-Miocene species of Marlu (Pseudocheiridae, Marsupialia) with a revision of the genus. Palaeontology 52(2): 441-456.

Roberts KK, M Bassarova, M Archer. 2008. Oligo-Miocene ringtail possums of the genus Paljara (Pseudocheiridae: Marsupialia) from Queensland, Australia. Geobios 41: 833-844.

Roberts KK, M Archer, SJ Hand and H Godthelp. 2007. New genus and species of extinct Miocene ringtail possums (Marsupialia: Pseudocheiridae). American Museum Novitates. 3560: 1-15.

Archer M, DA Arena, M Bassarova, R Beck, K Black, WE Boles, P Brewer, BN Cooke, K Crosby, A Gillespie, H Godthelp, SJ Hand, B Kear, J Louys, A Morrell, J Muirhead, KK Roberts, JD Scanlon, KT Travouillon and S Wroe. 2006. Current status of species-level representation in faunas from selected fossil localities in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland. Alcheringa Special Issue 1: 1-17.

Projects and events

Conference paper

Valuing the invaluable: documenting collection valuations at Museum Victoria - Presented at the 2013 Museums Australia National Conference

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