Help us to undertake vital research, conservation and education programs to protect the biodiversity of our living planet to ensure a thriving future.
Banner Image: 'Cooper & Merlot', Black Saturday Bushfires, Wildhaven Wildlife Shelter, St Andrews, Victoria, 13 Oct 2009 / Museums Victoria / Copyright Photographer: Stella Reid 2009
Museums Victoria’s world-leading research in geology, palaeontology and zoology is spearheaded by 48 research scientists, collection experts and specialised support staff.
Whether we’re in bushfire affected regions, out at sea or in the Museum’s labs, our aim is to inform understanding of the changing environment and contribute to the long-term protection and recovery of Australia’s endangered species and native fauna.
Established in 2016, the Ian Potter Australia Wildlife BioBank at Melbourne Museum is the first of its kind in Australia and places Museums Victoria as a leader in natural sciences collection preservation. Museums Victoria currently stores over 45,000 tissue samples in liquid nitrogen below -150°C in our efforts to preserve the most biodiverse collection of genetic material from wildlife across Victoria.
The initiatives outlined below provide an example of future projects we aspire to deliver with your support.
Protecting Our Seas: Deep Marine Biodiversity Project
Human knowledge of deep-sea life is incomplete – we still don’t have maps about how deep-sea biodiversity changes around the planet which would help us to understand how to protect marine life.
Australia is a world-leader in the science of mapping biodiversity, but it is time to expand this effort to cover all the world’s oceans.
Our goal is to complete a series of world-first scientific studies to describe how marine life is spread around our planet; the history of why and when this has occurred; and the most efficient way to protect it with a worldwide system of marine reserves.
Our team of marine biologists will build-on 20 years of global research by scouring the world’s museum collections for deep-sea data, leading new surveys into unexplored areas and mapping the biodiversity in the deep ocean.
The Living BioBank
Genetic diversity in wildlife species is essential to ensure their long-term survival. We are seeking to expand the collection of wildlife tissue samples within the Ian Potter Australia Wildlife BioBank to preserve the most biodiverse collection of living cells of wildlife from across the entire state of Victoria.
This significant project will help ensure the genetic diversity of threatened species, support the recovery of endangered wildlife populations devastated by crises such as the 2020 bushfires, and allow us to reintroduce living genetic material into species at-risk, into the future.
Frogs: A Barometer for Bushfire Recovery
Bushfires are increasing in both frequency and intensity in many ecosystems in Victoria. In the summer of 2019-2020, more than 70% of Croajingolong National Park, in Gippsland, was burnt by devastating bushfires.
Frogs are strong indicators of the health of the environments they live in, with many species threatened by environmental change. To better inform conservation management strategies, using field surveys and genomic research, we want to study the impacts fires have on local frog species in Croajingolong.
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Unless otherwise agreed, Museums Victoria reserves the right to determine at its sole discretion the initiatives to be delivered and how any donated funds are to be applied.