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Biographical entry Parker, Shane (1943 - 1992)

21 November 1992
Museum curator and Ornithologist


Shane Parker worked as a curator at the South Australian Museum 1976-1992. His particular interests were avian distribution and taxonomy, and he wrote several important papers on grass wrens. His publications included an announcement of two forms of the Wedgebill (Chirruping and Chiming) and a paper on the distribution and taxonomy of birds in south-west Queensland (both with Julian Ford, q.v.), and the first two parts of the Annotated Checklist of the Birds of South Australia. After a dispute about the hybrid sandpiper ('Cox's Sandpiper'), he moved his research interests away from ornithology to lower marine invertebrates.



Career position - Visited Australia with the Second Harold Hall Australian Expedition from the British Museum (Natural History)
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1967 - 1970
Career position - Worked at the Arid Zone Research Institute in Alice Springs
1971 - 1975
Education - Undertook secondary and tertiary education in Adelaide
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Adelaide
1976 - 1985
Career position - Curator of Birds at the South Australian Museum
1986 - 1991
Career position - Curator in Ornithology (50%) and Curator of Lower Marine Invertebrates (50%)
1991 - 1992
Career position - Curator of Lower Marine Invertebrates

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Parker, S. A., 'Samuel White's Ornithological Explorations in Northern South Australia in 1863', South Australian Ornithologist, 28 (5) (1980), 113-119. Details


See also

  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001), 492 pp. Details

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