Chris Rowley working in the field

Chris Rowley

Collection Manager, Marine Invertebrates

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I am part of a team of four Collection Managers responsible for managing the museum’s collection of invertebrate fauna and data. My responsibilities cover approximately twenty six phyla including groups such as molluscs, echinoderms, crustaceans, worms, sponges and jellyfish. Contrary to the name, the ‘Marine Invertebrate Collection’ also includes significant holdings of freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates.

I have worked at the museum since 1984 where I was initially employed in a variety of roles in public programs & exhibitions. In 1988 I was appointed as Technical Assistant in the Invertebrate Zoology Dept., which has led to my current position as Collection Manager.

As a Collection Manager, I am interested in documenting the fauna of south-eastern Australia, and in particular the distribution of native and introduced non-marine molluscs (snails and slugs). I have participated in a wide range of field surveys and have been a contributing author to a number of survey reports. I also have a keen interest in photography and have contributed images towards a number of scientific publications.

Qualifications

Ass.Dip.App.Sci. (Lab. Tech.), Swinburne University, 1995

Key publications

Melbourne’s Wildlife: A field guide to the fauna of Greater Melbourne, CSIRO Publishing, 2006 (Chapter Author–Snails & Slugs)

Projects and events

  • 2017 ‘Research value of historic wet specimens’ seminar – National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
  • 2016 ‘Murray Expored Bioscan’ – Gannawarra Shire, Vic.
  • 2015 ‘Gippsland Lakes Bioscan’- Nyerimilang Heritage Park/Colquhoun Regional Park, Vic.
  • 2013 ‘Alps Bioscan’ – Alpine National Park, Vic.
  • 2012 ‘Grampians Bioscan’ – Grampians National Park, Vic.
  • 2012 ‘Bunurong Marine Park’ Survey– Inverloch, Vic.
  • 2011 ‘Bush Blitz’ – Ned’s Corner Station, Vic.
  • 2011 ‘Bush Blitz’ – Lake Condah, Vic.
  • 2005 Development & installation of ‘Marine’ exhibition
  • 1999 River Red Gum Project – Moira Forest, NSW
  • 1996 Marine Invertebrate Survey - Malloolabar-Fraser Is. area in association with Qld. Dept. of Primary Industries - Southern Fisheries Centre.
  • 1995 ‘Horn Centennial Expedition’, West Macdonnell & Finke River Gorge Nat. Parks, NT
  • 1994 Preparation & installation of 'Oceans of life' Exhibition.
  • 1994 ‘SLOPE Survey’ - Southern Australian Continental Shelf, CSIRO RV 'Franklin'.
  • 1993 Bivalve ‘type’ image capture - South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
  • 1993 Terrestrial Invertebrate Fauna Survey - Errinundra National Park, Vic
  • 1991 'Giant Gippsland Earthworm' Survey – Loch, Vic
  • 1989 Natural Sciences Multi-disciplinary Field Program – Mallacoota, Vic.
  • 1987 Installation of ‘Dinosaur' exhibition - Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, Tas.

Publications

Images contributed to

Melanie Mackenzie & Emily Whitfield, 2011
An overview of the Australian psolid sea cucumbers (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea: Psolidae) with the description of 5 new species.
Zootaxa  3037: 21–36

P. Mark O’loughlin, John Eichler, Leon Altoff, Audrey Falconer, Melanie Mackenzie, Emily Whitfield, Chris Rowley, 2009
Observations of reproductive strategies for some dendrochirotid holothuroids (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea: Dendrochirotida)
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 66: 215–220

Mark O’loughlin, 2009
New asterinid species from Africa and Australia (Echinodermata: Asteroidea:Asterinidae)
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 66: 203–213 (2009)

Mark O’loughlin, 2009
BANZARE holothuroids (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea)
Zootaxa  2196: 1–18

Mark O’loughlin, M. Eugenia Manjón-Cabeza & Francina Moya Ruiz, 2009.
Antarctic holothuroids from the Bellingshausen Sea, with descriptions of new species (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea)
Zootaxa  2016: 1–16

Mark O’loughlin & Dragica Maric, 2008
Australian species of Psolidium Ludwig (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea: Psolidae)
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 65: 1–22

Mark O’loughlin & Cynthia Ahearn, 2008
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic species of Psolidium Ludwig (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea: Psolidae)
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 65: 23–42

Milena Benavides-Serrato & Timothy D. O´Hara, 2008
A new species in the Ophiocoma erinaceus complex from the South-west Pacific Ocean (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea: Ophiocomidae)
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 65: 51–56 

Benavides-Serrato, M., O’Loughlin. P.M., and Rowley, C. 2007.
A new fissiparous micro-asteriid from southern Australia (Echinodermata: Asteroidea: Asteriidae).
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 64: 71–78

O’Loughlin, P.M., and Van den Spiegel, D. 2007.
New apodid species from southern Australia (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea: Apodida).
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 64: 53–70

O’Loughlin, P.M., 2007.
New cucumariid species from southern Australia (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea: Dendrochirotida: Cucumariidae).
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 64: 23–34

O’Loughlin, P.M., and Rowe, F.W.E., 2006
A systematic revision of the asterinid genus Aquilonastra O’Loughlin, 2004 (Echinodermata: Asteroidea).
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 63(2): 257–287

O’Loughlin, P. Mark and Rowe, Francis W.E., 2005
A new asterinid genus from the Indo-West Pacific region, including five new species (Echinodermata: Asteroidea: Asterinidae)
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 62(2): 181–189

O'Loughlin, P.M., Waters, J.M., 2004
A molecular and morphological revision of genera of Asterinidae (Echinodermata: Asteroidea).
Mem. Mus. Vict., 61(1): 1-40

O’Loughlin, P.M., Waters, J.M., and Roy, M.S., 2003
A molecular and morphological review of the asterinid, Patiriella gunnii (Gray) (Echinodermata: Asteroidea)
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 60(2): 181–195

O’Loughlin, P.M., 2002
Report on selected species of banzare and anare holothuroidea, with reviews of Meseres Ludwig and Heterocucumis Panning (Echinodermata).
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 59(2): 297–325 297

O’Loughlin, P.M., 2002
New genus and species of southern Australian and Pacific Asterinidae (Achinodermata, Asteroidea).
Memoirs of Museum Victoria 59(2): 277–296

Rassmussen, C., 2001
A Museum for the People: A History of Museum Victoria and its predecessor institutions, 1854-2000

Lu, C.C., 1998
A Synopsis of Sepiidae in Australian waters (Cephalopoda: Sepioidea).
Systematics & Biogeography of Cephalopods Vol. 1 (Smithsonian Contributions to Science) No. 586: 159-190 

Lu, C.C., 1998
Use of the Sepion in the Taxonomy of Sepiidae (Cephalopoda: Sepioidea) with an Emphasis on the Australian Fauna.
Systematics & Biogeography of Cephalopods Vol. 1 (Smithsonian Contributions to Science) No. 586: 207-214 

Lockhart, S.J., O’Loughlin, P.M., Tutera, P.,  1994
Brood-protection and diversity in echinoids from  Prydz Bay, Antarctica
Echinoderms through Time – Proc. 8th. International Echinoderm Conference, Dijon, France, 6-10 Sept. 1993: Pp 749-756

Lu, C.C., Stranks, T.N., 1994
Synopsis of Paraledone and Megaledone species, with description of two new species from Eastern Antarctica (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae)
Mem. Mus. Vict., 54: 221-242

O’Loughlin, P.M, 1994
Brood-protecting and fissiparous cucumariids (Echinodermata, Holothuroidea)
Echinoderms through Time – Proc. 8th. International Echinoderm Conference, Dijon, France, 6-10 Sept. 1993: Pp 539-547

Lu, C.C., 1993
Class Cephalopoda.
Pp 134-136 in Mather, P. & I. Bennett (eds), A Coral Reef Handbook. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton.

Norman, M.D., 1992
Four new species of the Octopus macropus group (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae) from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Mem. Mus. Vict. 53(2): 267-308

Norman, M.D., 1992
Ocellate Octopuses (Cephalopoda: Octopodidae) of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Descriptions of two new species and a redescription of Octopus polyzenia Gray, 1849.
Mem. Mus. Vict. 53(2): 309-344

O'Loughlin, P.M., O'Hara, T., 1992
New Cucumariid Holothurians (Echinodermata) from southern Australia, including two brooding and one fissiparous species.
Mem. Mus. Vict., 53(2): 227-226

Stranks, T.N., Norman, M.D., 1992
Review of the Octopus australis complex from Australia and New Zealand, with a description of a new species (Mollusca: Cephalopoda).
Mem. Mus. Vict., 53(2): 345-373

Materia, C.J., Monagle, J.F., O'Loughlin, P.M., 1991
Seasonal coelomic brooding in southern Australian cucumariids (Echinodermata: Holothurioidea).
Biology of Echinodermata - Proc. 7th. International Echinoderm Conference, Atami, Japan, 9-14 Sept. 1990: Pp 301-307

O'Loughlin, P.M., 1991 
Brooding and Fission in shallow water Echinoderms of southern Australia.
Biology of Echinodermata - Proc. 7th. International Echinoderm Conference, Atami, Japan, 9-14 Sept. 1990:  Pp 223-228

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