Real Name: Scott A. Thomson
Orchid ID: 0000-0003-1279-2722
Taxonomist Page on Wikidata: Q19842825
Bachelor of Science (University of Canberra)
Masters of Science (University of Canberra)
I spent 15 odd years working as a taxonomist and evolutionary biologist at the University of Canberra where I specialized in the systematics, paleontology and nomenclature of Australasian Turtles. I have described 6 species of turtle, 4 living and 2 fossil, as well as one genus and a subgenus. I have recently published a complete synonymy of the Australian and Papua New Guinea turtles with Arthur Georges.
Most of my editing is concerned with Reptiles and Amphibians, specifically Turtles. So I guess I shall explain a little about this. My career in Zoology started when I was employed as shop keeper looking after tropical and marine fish and invertebrates. I did this whilst I began my B.Sc. in Zoology. Afterwards I worked at Notre Dame Zoo and then Western Plains Zoo in Australia.
During my involvement with the Zoo Industry I was involved in the Australian Species Management Plan (ASMP) Reptile and Amphibian TAG. Here I wrote the Management Plan for the Alligator Snapping Turtle and assisted with the management of the Galapagos Tortoises. This led to my becoming the joint International Species Co-ordinator for the Galapagos Tortoise along with a fellow from a USA Zoo.
I then was taken on to finish my degree at the University of Canberra. Here I worked in the Institute of Applied Ecology as a taxonomist from 1994 till 2008. I was fortunate whilst here to describe 5 species of turtles (3 living - Chelodina burrungandjii, Chelodina canni, Elseya albagula, and 2 fossil - Elseya nadibajagu and Rheodytes devisi). I also described one new genus (Myuchelys) and developed keys to species of the Chelidae and a full synonomy. This has led to my advisory role with the IUCN and my membership of the Turtle Taxonomy Working Group of the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. I take a heavy interest in nomenclatural issues and have published a number of papers in the Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, the journal of the ICZN.
From 2009 to 2014 I was living in northern USA and as of February, 2014 am now in Brazil, I am attached to the Museu de Zoologia in Sao Paulo where I am working on the living and fossil Chelid and Pelomedusid turtles of South America, Africa and Australasia. I am also now working hard on nomenclatural issues in Herpetology. Since leaving the USA I have been a researcher in Brazil and have described another species of turtle (Elseya rhodini) and a subgenus with a complete rearrangement of the genus [Elseya.