Jenelle Ritchie

Technical Officer (Fishes)

Aquatic Zoology

BSc Conservation Biology

Jenelle Ritchie in the field at Albany


Jenelle Ritchie is the Technical Officer for Fishes at the Western Australian Museum. She has a BSc in Conservation Biology from Murdoch University, and been employed as a science technical officer at the Museum since 2009. Over the years she has participated in marine field trips to the Great Southern, Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley regions, as well as the Perth metro area for many research projects. Jenelle keenly enjoys communicating zoological science to the public and engaging with young audiences through the museum’s education programs.

Jenelle's research projects include:

  • RV Falkor Ningaloo Canyons 2020
  • WAMSI 1.1.1. Kimberley Benthic Biodiversity Project
  • Kimberley Woodside Collection Project





  • Ongoing collection management including preserving, identifying, accessioning and maintaining specimens in wet, dry and tissue storage
  • Maintaining collection information in the Fish database, documenting and updating specimen data
  • Preparing, sending and receiving specimen loan requests from external scientific institutions as per federal and international legislative requirements

Exhibitions and Public Programs

  • Perth Science Festival
  • Tech Trails at Fremantle College
  • Pop-Up Museum at Mandurah CrabFest
  • Science Week
  • Meet The Scientists
  • Seaweek
  • National Youth Science Forum
  • Under The Sea School Holiday Program (Dampier Gallery)

Selected Publications

Richards, Z. T., R. Garcia, G. Moore, J. Fromont, L. Kirkendale, M. Bryce, C. Bryce, A. Hara, J. Ritchie, O. Gomez, Whisson, C, Allen, M and Wilson, N.G. 2019. "A tropical Australian refuge for photosymbiotic benthic fauna." Coral Reefs 38 (4): 669-676.

Richards, Z., Kirkendale, L., Moore, G., Hosie, A., Huisman, J., Bryce, M., Marsh, L., Bryce, C., Hara, A., Wilson, N., Morrison, S., Gomez, O., Ritchie, J., Whisson, C., Allen, M., Betterridge, L., Wood, C., Morrison, H., Salotti, M., Hansen, G., Slack-Smith, S., and Fromont, J. (2016) Marine biodiversity in temperate Western Australia: Multi-taxon surveys of Minden and Roe Reefs. Diversity. 8 (7).