Councillor: 2015 -
Kate Naughton is a researcher in population genetics and taxonomy based at Museum Victoria. Her research focuses on cryptic species complexes of the Australian coastline, with a specific interest in the biogeography of lineage production and how this affects local endemism and biodiversity. She mostly works on echinoderms and has a particular fondness for crinoids, taxonomically speaking, although the rate at which other invertebrates present cryptic species complexes is of great interest.
She finished her PhD in 2013 at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Dr Belinda Appleton in the Department of Genetics and Dr Tim O’Hara at Museum Victoria. She is currently planning a project on crinoid species complexes of tropical Australia.