Five vibrant butterflies pinned on a board, with scientific names displayed

Animal Classification Teacher PD

Wednesday 1 May, 2024



Queensland Museum Kurilpa
Corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank

  $40.00 per teacher

Most suitable for Years 5–10 teachers of Biological Sciences

How do researchers at Queensland Museum classify and describe species? This PD provides strategies and resources for your students to explore our present system of scientific classification, investigate how and why living things are named and described, accurately differentiate between species, and learn how scientists discover new species.

You will participate in hands-on activities and view exhibition content exploring concepts such as binomial names, writing scientific descriptions, dichotomous keys, family plates, and DNA sequencing.

Dr Jessica Worthington Wilmer, Manager Molecular Identities Laboratory, will discuss her work as a Geneticist at Queensland Museum, including animal classification, current research, conservation programs, and career pathways. Dr John Healy, Scientist and Curator Malacology (Molluscs) will be making an appearance to showcase some amazing and interesting shell specimens, and discuss how molluscs are classified.

Workshops are designed by educators, for educators, and connected to real-life examples of Queensland Museum research and collections

A range of take-home learning resources with clear curriculum links are provided so that you can easily implement these activities in your classroom.

Registration and afternoon tea from 3:30pm.

A CPD Certificate will be sent to attendees following the delivery of the event.

Jessica Worthington Wilmer
Dr Jessica Worthington Wilmer

Dr Jessica Worthington Wilmer is an Evolutionary Biologist and the Manager of the Molecular Identities Lab, within Queensland Museum's Biodiversity & Geosciences Program. Along with day-to-day lab management and administration, Jessica’s multifaceted role encompasses scientific research both in the field and lab, managing frozen tissue and DNA collection items, as well as public outreach.