Weird and wonderful specimens

Virtual Lab


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Dr Mark Harvey is Curator of Arachnids & Myriapods at the Western Australian Museum, a position he has held since 1989. Dr Mark is an internationally renowned scientist whose research focuses on the biodiversity of the Australasian invertebrate fauna, and is an accomplished taxonomist and has described nearly 800 new species during his career.

Join Dr Mark to learn what weird and wonderful things we store in glass vials and jars, from scorpions and trapdoor spiders to millipedes and pseudoscorpions. He’ll share his recent discoveries during recent fieldwork in the Kimberley – several new species of spiders and pseudoscorpions that have never been see before by museum scientists.

'More than Meets the Eye’ Classroom Resources

After you hear from our amazing researchers, download our self-led resources and undertake glass-themed activities at school to stay inspired. Our ‘More than Meets the Eye’ resources will get you thinking about glass in new ways.

‘Glass from the Past’ and ‘Mirrors and Mazes’ for primary students, and ‘Investigating Telescopes’ for secondary students, with a ‘Telescopes Student Activity Sheet’.

Download here.