Dr Mal Bryant

Mal started his working career as a Radiographer, ultimately specialising in Digital Subtraction Angiography. Seeking further challenges he returned to university to study Marine Biology, but became fascinated by Marine Parasitology. After receiving a BSc, Mal studied for Honours and a PhD, both in the field of Parasitology.

In 1998, he joined the Queensland Museum as a Technician, assisting the Curators of Worms and Protozoa. He then had the opportunity to research a poorly studied group of parasites, the Nematomorpha (or Gordian worms) of Australia and has continued to have an interest in these fascinating worms.

In 2002, Mal became a Collection Manager and Research Assistant in the Biodiversity Program working with Dr Rob Adlard, who is now Head of Marine Zoology & Senior Curator, Parasitology.

His current focus is to maintain the Worms and Protozoa Databases and manage the associated Collections, the majority of which are parasites. In fact, the Queensland Museum cares for the 5th largest such collection of plant and animal parasite specimens in the world. Many of these specimens, dating from the early 20th century, were collected by distinguished Australian scientists working in the fields of Veterinary and Medical Research.

Areas of expertise

  • Nematomorpha
  • a general knowledge of things parasitological with an emphasis on marine parasites.


Collection Manager and Research Assistant in Parasitology, Biodiversity Program


Dip Ap Sc (Diag Radiog), BSc (Hons), PhD

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