Dr Paul Oliver is the Queensland Museum’s newest curator in the Biodiversity Program in a joint academic appointment with Griffith University.
He is interested in the diversity, origins and conservation of Australasia’s animals and plants. He has participated in expeditions to some of our region’s remotest areas and described over 50 new species. By looking into patterns of genetic diversity within and between species, his work is also helping us to understand the factors that have shaped our diverse fauna and flora. He is particularly interested in what relic species (animals that formerly had much wider ranges) can tell us about past and future effects of environmental change.