The Museum of Tropical Queensland

Queensland Government

Museum of Tropical Queensland focus is on researching and interpreting the cultural and natural heritage of tropical Queensland. Part of Queensland Museum our research units are: Maritime Archaeology; Corals - we are known world wide for the study of Great Barrier Reef and staghorn corals; and Tropical Natural History - with a focus on the taxonomic study of the tropical biota of Queensland and Indo-Pacific region. Queensland Museum's research is based on principles of high-quality scholarship and appropriate collaborations, with partners ranging from the local to international research communities. MTQ research projects are guided by state, national and institutional research priorities under themes: Sustainable Queensland; Ancient Ecosystems; Queensland Stories; Customs, Cultures and Country; Science and Technology in Society; and Connecting Queensland. The Museum's internationally significant research uses its collection of millions of objects, specimens and artefacts.

Organisation type
  • Queensland statutory authority
  • Not-for-profit
  • Museum
Number of research staff
20-100 research staff
The Museum of Tropical Queensland, 70–102 Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810

Strengths and capabilities

  • Cultural and historical research
  • Biological research
  • Anthropological research
  • Paleontological research

Facilities and major equipment

  • Queensland Centre for Biodiversity
  • Queensland Museum - Brisbane
  • Museum of Tropical Queensland
  • Molecular Identities Laboratory

Lead researcher

  • Doctor John Hooper—Head of Biodiversity & Geosciences Program at the Queensland Museum, John is an international authority on sponges
  • Doctor Rob Adlard—Head of Marine Zoology & Senior Curator of Parasitology

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