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Biographical entry Bruce, Niel L.

Invertebrate zoologist


Niel Bruce studies the taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography and biodiversity of tropical marine isopods, both free-living and parasitic forms. His research focuses on Great Barrier Reef isopods, particularly the Asellota, which he uses as the basis for higher level revisions of Australian isopods. He has described or redescribed more than 520 species, 47 new genera and three new families of marine isopods. Other research while at the Australian and Queensland Museums and the Smithsonian Institution included the identification of echinoderms, poriferans, anthozoans and crustaceans from trawl catches in Queensland waters; the taxonomy of Australian Sphaeromatidea and of ascaridoid nematodes of Australian fish; and a world revision of the fish parasitic genera Mothocyca and Glossobius. Bruce was Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of Zoology and Invertebrate Taxonomy, and has served on the editorial boards of several international crustacean journals.



Education - PhD, University of Queensland
1983 - 1984
Career position - Post-doctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1985 - 1987
Career position - Queen Elizabeth II Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian Museum
1989 - 1991
Career position - Managing Editor, Australian Journal of Zoology and Invertebrate Taxonomy
1993 - 1997
Career position - Associate Professor of Zoology, Zoologisk Museum, University of Copenhagen
2007 -
Career Position - Senior Curator, Biodiversity, Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Angus, B. M., Cannon, L. G. R. and Adlard, R. D., 'Parasitology and the Queensland Museum, with Biographical Notes on Collectors', Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Nature, vol. 53, 2007, pp. 1-156. Details

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