Dr Carden Wallace

Dr Carden C. Wallace is the Principal Scientist of the Queensland Museum, based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ).

She served as the Director of the Museum of Tropical Queensland from its opening in 1987 until 2002, during which time she presided over the planning and development of the current building, opened in 2000.

Dr. Carden C. Wallace
Dr Wallace graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science with Honours, later receiving a Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology from the same university.

She has been involved in coral reef research for over 35 years and specialises in the systematics, taxonomy, evolution, biogeography and biology of staghorn corals (Acroporidae).

Her book Staghorn Corals of the World is the definitive reference text on Acroporidae.

Dr Wallace’s field research has taken her to coral-reef bearing countries of the world, including extensive studies in Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles, Papua New Guinea and many other tropical nations, and she has worked as a researcher in the collections of most of the major museums.

Dr Wallace was a member of the team who discovered mass spawning of corals of the Great Barrier Reef, for which the group were awarded the 1992 Eureka Prize for Environmental Science.

She has held positions at Queensland Museum, James Cook University, the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the University of Queensland, and the Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra.

She has served on two Ministerial advisory boards to the Commonwealth government, the Australian Biological Resources Study; and the Cultural Gifts Committee and served as President of Museums Australia, Queensland. She has also served in various roles on boards and committees of many bodies - local, state, national and international.

Most recently, Dr Wallace was awarded the prestigious Queensland Museum Medal.