Spotlight on ALA users: Dr Anne Musser, Honorary Research Associate, Australian Museum

Dr Anne Musser, Honorary Research Associate with the Australian Museum, and a guide and palaeontologist at Jenolan Caves, is using the ALA to record biodiversity in the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve, near Oberon, NSW.

One of Anne’s passions is to walk around the reserve after work and photograph all the wildlife she can find. She has added many sightings to the ALA, both animals and plants, and has many more to add.

For help with identifying species, Anne uses the ALA and the Australian Bird Identification Facebook page.

“As well as uploading my own sightings, I like to look through other ALA records from this area. The ALA is certainly helping me improve my knowledge of the fauna and flora of Jenolan,” Anne said.

Anne contacted us because she had concerns about adding detailed sighting information for species that she knows are vulnerable or endangered, such as the Spotted-tailed Quoll and the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby. The Atlas has processes in place to protect the exact location of some species but, if you are concerned, there are also ways you can generalise the locations of sightings when you upload them.

If you have any questions about protecting the locations of some sightings, or if you’d like to let us know how you use the ALA, please contact us.

Grapevine Hawk Moth

Grapevine Hawk Moth (Hippotion celerio) Image: Dr Anne Musser


Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) Image: Dr Anne Musser