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Biographical entry Archer, Michael (1945 - )

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Born
25 March 1945
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Palaeontologist

Summary

Michael Archer is one of Australia's foremost vertebrate palaeontologists. In his roles as Professor of Biological Science at the University of New South Wales since 1989 and Director of the Australian Museum (1999 - 2003) he has been in the forefront of a wide range of collaborative research projects across disciplines and institutions. A major focus has been research on fossil deposits in the Riversleigh World Heritage and Murgon areas in Queensland, involving more than 100 international collaborators, which has revolutionised what is understood about Australia's terrestrial Tertiary mammals. Other research includes threatened ecosystems, biofuels and genome recovery projects, particularly that to clone the extinct Thylacine. Archer has received many awards for his research and publications, and has attracted significant grants for his research projects.

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Events

1967
Education - BA, Princeton University, New Jersey, U.S.A.
1967 - 1968
Career position - Fulbright Scholar, Western Australian Museum
1968 - 1971
Career position - ARC Researcher, Western Australian Museum
1972 - 1978
Career position - Curator of Mammals, Queensland Museum
1976
Education - PhD, University of Western Australia
1978 - 1980
Career position - Lecturer, School of zoology, University of New South Wales
1978 - 2007
Career position - Research Associate, Australian Muse
1980 - 1985
Career position - Senior Lecturer, School of Zoology, University of New South Wales
1982 - 1985
Career position - Vice-President, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
1982 - 1985
Career position - Editor, Australian Mammalogy
1984
Award - Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wa
1985 - 1986
Career position - President, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
1985 - 1989
Career position - Associate Professor, School of Zoology, University of New South Wales
1986 -
Career position - Honorary Associate, Queensland Museum
1986 -
Career position - Senior Scientist Riversleigh Society Inc
1986 - 1988
Career position - Member, Editorial Committee, Australian Zoologist
1987
Award - Inaugural Queensland Museum Medal for Research
1988
Award - Fellow, Royal Zoological Society of New South
1989 -
Career position - Professor, School of Biological Science, University of New South Wales
1989
Award - Australian Heritage Award for Nature Conservation
1990
Award - Inaugural IBM Conservation Award for Research
1990
Award - Inaugural Eureka Prize for the Promotion of Science, Australian Museum
1990 - 1995
Career position - Member of Council, National Museum of Austr
1991 - 1995
Career position - Member, Editorial Committee, Mammalian evolution
1994
Award - Von Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
1995 -
Career position - Director, Australian Tropical Research Found
1995 - 2003
Career position - Member, IUCN Advisory Committee for the ‘Evolution of Australian Mammals Riversleigh and Naracoorte” World Heritage Property
1996
Award - Verco Medal, Royal Society of South Australia
1997 -
Career position - Director, Riversleigh Fossil Interpretive Centre
1998
Career position - Member, National Committee for the Environment, Australian Academy of Science
1998
Career position - Australian Skeptic of the Year, New South Wales Skeptics Association
1999 - 2003
Career position - Member, Council of Australian Museum Directors
1999 - 2003
Career position - Director, Australian Museum
1999 - 2003
Career position - Member, Lizard Island Research Foundation
2000 - 2003
Career position - Member, External Environmental Advisory Group, Minerals Council of Australia
2001 - 2003
Career position - Director, Australian Museum Reuben Griffiths Trust for the Thylacine Project
2001 - 2003
Career position - Director, - Coral Reef and Marine Science, U.S.A.
2002 -
Career position - Reader, Australian Research Council
2002 -
Career position - Editor Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics
2002 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
2002
Award - Dr Alice Whitley Award for Science Education, Australian College of Educators
2002 - 2004
Career position - Chairman, Board of Management, Australian M
2003
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in museum management and biology
2004 -
Career position - Head, Lazarus Project
2004
Award - T. H. Huxley Award, Australian Museum
2004 - 2009
Career position - Dean, Faculty of Science, University of New South Wales
2005 -
Career position - Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History
2005 -
Career position - Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Cosmos Magazine
2006
Award - Medal of the Riversleigh Society
2006 - 2009
Career position - Co-Director, Sydney Institute of Marine Research
2007 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Zoological Science
2008 -
Award - Honorary Member, Australian Institute of Biology
2008
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to science as a palaeontologist, to the promotion of sustainable management of wildlife, to scientific education and research, and through mentoring and administrative roles
2009 -
Career position - Adjunct Professor
2009 -
Career position - Member, Sydney Institute of Marine Science Foundation
2009 -
Award - Distinguished Fellow, Royal Society of New South Wales
2011 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Board Geosciences
2011 - 2016
Career position - Adjunct Professor, University of Syd
2013 -
Career position - Member, Fellowship Committee, Royal Society of New South Wales

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Archival resources

Western Australian Museum

  • Michael Archer - Records, 1967 - 1969; Western Australian Museum. Details

Published resources

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn