Anna McCallum

Dr Anna McCallum

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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I am interested in the biodiversity of marine invertebrates in the deep sea.

My current research investigates the biogeography, ecology and evolution of deep-sea squat lobsters. This research is based on the specimens held at Museums Victoria and other major natural science collections around the world. Museum collections hold specimens from centuries of collecting. Each specimen provides a physical record of a species linked to a precise location and time in history. As part of the international Census of Marine Life, I collated a global dataset of over 30,000 records of squat lobsters. This dataset is being used build a biogeographic map of the seafloor, which will inform marine management across nations' EEZs and the high seas.

Understanding biodiversity patterns in the deep sea is hampered by the taxonomic effort of identifying and describing the large number of new species encountered. For instance, during my PhD research I participated in a deep-sea voyage of Australia’s western continental margin and found 30% of the decapods collected (263 species) were provisionally new to science. In 2013 I was awarded an Australian Biological Resources Study Postdoctoral Fellowship to describe 25 new species of squat lobster from Australia’s deep sea.

Qualifications

PhD Zoology, University of Melbourne, 2011

Key publications

McCallum, A.W., Woolley, S., Blazewicz-Paszkowycz, M., Browne, J., Gerken, S., Kloser, R., Poore, G.C.B., Staples, D., Syme, A., Taylor, J., Walker-Smith, G., Williams, A. & Wilson, R.S. (2015) Productivity enhances benthic species richness along an oligotrophic Indian Ocean continental margin. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24, 462-471. doi:10.1111/geb.12255

McCallum, A.W., Cabezas, P. & Andreakis, N. (2016) Deep-sea squat lobsters of the genus Paramunida Baba, 1988 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Munididae) from north-western Australia: new records and description of three new species. Zootaxa, 4173, 201-224. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4173.3.1

McCallum, A.W., Poore, G.C.B., Williams, A., Althaus, F. & O'Hara, T. (2013) Environmental predictors of decapod species richness and turnover along an extensive Australian continental margin (13-35 degrees S). Marine Ecology-an Evolutionary Perspective, 34, 298-312. doi:10.1111/maec.12016

Schnabel, K.E., Cabezas, P., McCallum, A.W., Macpherson, E., Ahyong, S.T. & Baba, K. (2011) Worldwide distribution patterns of squat lobsters (Galatheoidea and Chirostyloidea: Anomura) The biology of squat lobsters (ed. by J. Taylor, P. G.C.B. and S.T. Ahyong). CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Woolley, S.N.C., McCallum, A.W., Wilson, R., O'Hara, T.D. & Dunstan, P.K. (2013) Fathom out: biogeographical subdivision across the Western Australian continental margin - a multispecies modelling approach. Diversity and Distributions, 19, 1506-1517. doi:10.1111/ddi.12119

Publications

McCallum, A.W., Cabezas, P. & Andreakis, N. (2016) Deep-sea squat lobsters of the genus Paramunida Baba, 1988 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Munididae) from north-western Australia: new records and description of three new species. Zootaxa, 4173, 201-224. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4173.3.1

Iwasa-Arai, T., McCallum, A.W. & Taylor, J. (2015) Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve survey reveals new records of xanthid crabs (Crustacea: Brachyura: Xanthidae) from northern Australia. Memoirs of Museum Victoria, 73, 1-11.

McCallum, A.W., Woolley, S., Blazewicz-Paszkowycz, M., Browne, J., Gerken, S., Kloser, R., Poore, G.C.B., Staples, D., Syme, A., Taylor, J., Walker-Smith, G., Williams, A. & Wilson, R.S. (2015) Productivity enhances benthic species richness along an oligotrophic Indian Ocean continental margin. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24, 462-471. doi:10.1111/geb.12255

Poore, G.C.B., Avery, L., Blazewicz-Paszkowycz, M., Browne, J., Bruce, N.L., Gerken, S., Glasby, C., Greaves, E., McCallum, A.W., Staples, D., Syme, A., Taylor, J., Walker-Smith, G., Warne, M., Watson, C., Williams, A., Wilson, R.S. & Woolley, S. (2015) Invertebrate diversity of the unexplored marine western margin of Australia: taxonomy and implications for global biodiversity. Marine Biodiversity, 45, 271-286. doi:10.1007/s12526-014-0255-y

McCallum, A.W. & Poore, G.C.B. (2013) Chirostylidae of Australia's western continental margin (Crustacea : Decapoda : Anomura), with the description of five new species. Zootaxa, 3664, 149-175. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3664.2.3

McCallum, A.W., Poore, G.C.B., Williams, A., Althaus, F. & O'Hara, T. (2013) Environmental predictors of decapod species richness and turnover along an extensive Australian continental margin (13-35 degrees S). Marine Ecology-an Evolutionary Perspective, 34, 298-312. doi:10.1111/maec.12016

Ahyong, S.T., Taylor, J. & McCallum, A.W. (2013) New species and new records of deepwater munidid squat lobsters from north-western Australia: Onconida, Bathymunida, Crosnierita, Plesionida and Torbenella. Zootaxa, 3734, 23-37. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3734.1.3

Woolley, S.N.C., McCallum, A.W., Wilson, R., O'Hara, T.D. & Dunstan, P.K. (2013) Fathom out: biogeographical subdivision across the Western Australian continental margin - a multispecies modelling approach. Diversity and Distributions, 19, 1506-1517. doi:10.1111/ddi.12119

Schnabel, K.E., Cabezas, P., McCallum, A., Macpherson, E., Ahyong, S.T. & Baba, K. (2011) Worldwide distribution patterns of squat lobsters (Galatheoidea and Chirostyloidea: Anomura) The biology of squat lobsters (ed. by J. Taylor, P. G.C.B. and S.T. Ahyong). CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

McCallum, A.W. & Poore, G.C.B. (2010) Two crested and colourful new species of Lebbeus (Crustacea: Caridea: Hippolytidae) from the continental margin of Western Australia. Zootaxa, 126-137.

McArthur, M.A., Brooke, B.P., Przeslawski, R., Ryan, D.A., Lucieer, V.L., Nichol, S., McCallum, A.W., Mellin, C., Cresswell, I.D. & Radke, L.C. (2010) On the use of abiotic surrogates to describe marine benthic biodiversity. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 88, 21-32. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2010.03.003

Poore, G.C.B., McCallum, A.W. & Taylor, J. (2008) Decapod Crustacea of the continental margin of southwestern and central Western Australia: preliminary identifications of 524 species from FRV Southern Surveyor voyage SS10-2005. Museum Victoria Science Reports, 11, 1-106.

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