Joanne Wilkinson

Joanne Wilkinson of Queensland Museum

Joanne Wilkinson is the Senior Fossil Preparator for Geosciences at Queensland Museum. She has an interest in developing preparation and conservation techniques to assist in the preservation of fossil material from a range of Queensland sites, including Pliocene and Pleistocene megafauna sites in south east Queensland; cretaceous dinosaur material from the Eromanga and Winton regions and the Eocene fossils from Geebung in Brisbane.

Joanne has more than two decades of experience in acid and mechanical preparation and has participated in numerous field collection trips, assisting with excavations at Winton, Eromanga, Eulo, Roma and the western and eastern Darling Downs.

Over the past 10 years Joanne has also been involved in regional training programs to develop preparation skills in these areas and she continues to support preparators with professional advice.

Joanne currently manages the technical aspects of a range of Queensland Museum research projects with the assistance of a team of dedicated volunteers.


  • Preparation of marine reptile, 'Dave' the elasmosaur.
  • Assist with collection management, conservation and exhibition installation.
  • Stratigraphic investigation of the Pliocene beds at Chinchilla Rifle Range site, in collaboration with the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
  • Participation in community engagement and outreach events including annual World Science Festivals.

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