Tag: natural history

Why museums are a keystone in fighting future pandemics: Kristofer Helgen

Talking Australia
Why museums are a keystone in fighting future pandemics: Kristofer Helgen
The new Chief Scientist and Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute, Professor Kristofer Helgen talks about the future of the nation’s first museum. After a massive redevelopment the museum unlocked more than 3000sq.m of new public space and recently reopened its gates to the public. Helgen has an outstanding global research track-record and a deep understanding of museums after working for almost 10 years at the legendary Smithsonian´s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.  On this episode Kristofer talks about his new role and the future of the Australian Museum. He also explains his recent comments about the crucial role of museums in fighting future pandemics and draws hope for fighting climate change from prior global issues that we seem to have overcome.    This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (   You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic


Natural History Museum announces Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Aussies win big

The Natural History Museum has officially announced Brent Stirton as this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his stunning image of a de-horned black rhino in South Africa. Amongst the winners and finalists were five Australian wildlife photographers, including Justin Gilligan, the AG Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and Chris Bray and Gerry Pearce, long-time AG contributors.


Land of white cockroaches

Imagine if cockroaches invaded your kitchen, and then ate it up. That’s not a far-fetched scenario, given recent evidence that termites are really tiny social cockroaches.