Oliver Gomez

Technical Officer (Marine Invertebrates)

Aquatic Zoology



(08) 9212 3768 Oliver.Gomez@museum.wa.gov.au


Technical Officer – (Porifera Projects)

Originally employed for the Southern Surveyor Project, my job is to provide technical support for the various Porifera projects the Western Australian Museum is involved in. Part of the work involves the preparation of histological material such as; skeletal slides, spicule slides, and data entry of the sponge material collected around the Western Australian coast. This also includes the creation of species identification sheets to assist the identification of marine sponges, as well as curating specimens to be incorporated in the Western Australian Museum Collections.

Other tasks while working within different projects include participation and assistance in small reports created by Jane Fromont Senior Curator of Marine Invertebrates.

Kimberley Woodside Project (ongoing)

In 2011 I joined the 2011 Premier’s award winning project, which involves the collection and identification of the marine fauna of the Kimberley region. This project started in 2009 and it has collected valuable information on the marine biodiversity of the Kimberley region, an area that covers 15,000 kilometers from Broome to the Western Australian-Northern Territory border. This is a partnership between the Western Australian Museum and Woodside Energy. Marine sponges (Porifera) have been sparsely collected from this area from various marine surveys within the State, but this project gives us a great opportunity to collect and identify species living in this region.

Sponge Species Identification Sheets (ongoing)

This project is a collaboration of various museums and institutions around Australia with the main aim of providing taxonomic online information on the Phyla Porifera occurring in Australia and making this information accessible nationally and internationally. Coordinated by the Queensland Museum, I am providing the taxonomic species identification sheets information created at WAM over the past 5 years.

Western Australian Bioresources Library (WAMBL) (ongoing)

In 2008 the Western Australian Museum (WAM) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) created the Western Australian Marine Bioresources Library (WAMBL). This library is housed in the Western Australian Museum, and incorporates AIMS Bioresources collections, and new collections from numerous expeditions in Western Australia. The main aim of this library is to make these samples available for screening for biodiscovery compounds. These samples could be used in the screening of target compounds in medical trials for cures of various diseases.

Currently we are working with The Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) and UWA by providing chemical extracts from specimen samples collected in Western Australia.


Marine Life of the Kimberley Region - museum.wa.gov.au/kimberley

Selected Publications

Fromont, J., Althaus, F., McEnnulty, F.R., Williams, A., Salotti, M., Gomez, O., Gowlett-Holmes, K. (2012).Living on the edge: the sponge fauna of Australia’s southwestern and northwestern deep continental margin, Hydrobiologia: 687(1): 127-142.

Fromont, J., Glasby, B., Gomez, O., Roberts, E. (2009) Tetrapocillon (Demospongiae: Poecilosclerida: Guitarridae) in Australia, with the description of a new species. Records of the Western Australian Museum 26: 70–86

Heyward, A. Fromont, J, Schönberg, C.H.L, Colquhoun, J, Radford, B, Gomez, O. (2009). The sponge gardens of Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. The Open Marine Biology Journal.

Hutchins, J. Gomez, O. (2007) Checklist of the Crustacea collected by the Western Australian Museum/Woodside Energy Ltd. Partnership to explore the Marine Biodiversity of the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia, 1998–2002. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement No. 72: 329-342