Department of Ancient History

Dr Andrew Simpson

emma.casey@mq.edu.au
 

Honorary Fellow
Telephone: +61-2-9850-9261
Location: X5B 318
Email: andrew.simpson@mq.edu.au
Homepage: linkedin

 

Profile

One of Andrew Simpson's earliest jobs after gaining science qualifications was in a small university science museum.  He experienced a transformative moment when, in attempting to design an exhibition on the history of the Earth, he was faced with the dilema of selecting a small number of specimens to represent the full sweep of 4.6 billion years.  This awakened new interests in how people communicate in spaces with objects, what it means for different audiences and how collecting organisations can play a broader societal role.  With this background as a museum professional, he is interested in issues related to the public understanding of science, the development of exhibitions and public programs and the interpretation of their impact on a range of audiences.  He is also interested in the historic development of natural history concepts, the significance assessment of natural history specimens, the interplay of science and art as a museological construct, and the value of object based pedagogies in education.

Research

Museum Studies research focusses on a number of specific investigative themes dependent on staff and higher degree research interests. At present these include:-

1. First Nation voices in museums, studies include representation as a measure of soft power principles (in collaboration with the Soft Power Advocacy and Research Centre in the Faculty of Arts), comparative international studies of practice through various social inclusion / social harmony mechanisms and the empowerment of marginalised communities through museum work.

2. The public understanding of science through studies of science centres and natural history museums, including issues such as climate change, biodiversity and evolution through exhibition meta-analysis and audience studies. Natural history museums and science centres are visited by approximately 100 million people per year, they therefore constitute a fundamental mechanism for science communication.

3. The distinct organisational setting of university museums including issues of governance models, significance studies, heritage of knowledge production and outreach and community engagement in an academic environment (previously supported by a 2009 Macquarie University Research Development Grant).

4. Object-based learning, developing metrics to measure the retention of didactic information through direct engagement with objects in comparison with digital surrogates (previously supported by a 2010 Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Priority Grant).

Along with HDR candidate and Museum Studies Lecturer, Gina Hammond, we engage in a global conversation about museums and museum research via twitter, @MuseumsAtMQ.

Teaching

Andrew was one of three Macquarie staff who jointly proposed the development of undergraduate (commenced 2002) and postgraduate (commenced 2004) programs in Museum Studies at Macquarie University.  The programs are built around a series of core (MSM) units in combination with a range of optional cross disciplinary units.  The undergraduate program has evolved from a combination of study coherencies into the major of Museum Studies in both the BSc and BA degrees as a result of the curriculum restructure and the formation of the Department of Environment and Geography.  The postgraduate coursework programs consist of an articulated Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Museum Studies.  In 2012 Macquarie offered the only Museum Studies undergraduate program and the only one delivered by a Faculty of Science in Australia.

The undergraduate major consists of optional units from Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Science, Human Geography, Indigenous Studies, Modern and Ancient History, Science Communication and Sociology.  The undergraduate program includes one "Planet" unit (MSM310), the Museology of Natural History and one "PACE" (Professional and Community Engagement) unit (MSM311), Museum Field Studies.  Postgraduate programs consist of optional units from the Graduate School of the Environment, Modern and Ancient History, Archaeology and Biology.  Andrew has been involved in the development and on-going review of all content in MSM units.

All programs have an experiential teaching philosophy entailing work integrated learning.  Students are encouraged to be active participants in the cultural life of the university.  This is important for both student development (personal and professional) and the cultural sustainability of the university.  A significant proportion of the postgraduate programs consist of project-based sector engagement involving Macquarie's on-campus museums, and a network of small to large Australian and international collecting institutions through the support of professional bodies such as Museums Australia Inc., and the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Students are encouraged to participate as co-producers via social media, there is a very active student club, the Museums Appreciation Society (MAS).  MAS organise their own excursions and professional development events and fund raise for worthy museum related organisations.  MAS have also collaborated with Museum Studies in presenting our highly popular "UnCurated" Public Lecture series.  Students (past and present) also write, edit and produce there own quarterly ezine that has a global readership of over 6000, here is the current edition of aMUSine. The teaching programs also have their own mascot, a friendly herbivorous Cretaceous dinosaur called Minmi, @Wheres_Minmi.  A Museum Studies facebook group helps link external and internal undergraduate and postgraduate students, and a Linkedin Alumni group helps notify our students about the growing number of jobs in the museums and collections sector and follow our graduate's careers after they finish studying at Macquarie.  The field of Museum Studies is very visual, so naturally we keep a set of images on Flikr that records the program, trips, conferences, exhibitions etc.  You can find them here http://www.flickr.com/photos/museumstudiesmacquarie/sets/.

Professional and Community Service

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  • 2016-present: Executive Officer, Museums Galleries Australia, NSW Branch
  • 2016-present: Board member, Museum of Ancient Cultures, Macquarie University
  • 2016: Scientific heritage consultancy project with Extent Heritage
  • 2016: Convenor - Creative Spaces: Reframing University Museums and Collections, University of Sydney (link < http://caumac.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/creative-spaces-reframing-university-museums-and-collections/>)
  • 2016: Keynote speaker at 'University Collections: the full spectrum', University of Adelaide (link < http://community.history.sa.gov.au/events/2016/university-collections-full-spectrum>)
  • 2016: Casual academic teaching, Bachelor of Archaeology, Macquarie University
  • 2016: Visiting Scholar, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • 2015: Australian National University Collections Project with Significance International
  • 2015: Chair, Quality Assurance Review of Museum of Ancient Cultures, Macquarie University.
  • 2015: Casual academic teaching; Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation, University of Canberra
  • 2015: Chair, Organising Committee, Museums Australia 2015 National Conference.
  • 2015: Significance assessment and audit of geological collection (University of Canberra), via ACT Heritage Grant
  • 2014: Collections-based research and research training consultation, University of Reading, UK
  • 2014: External Reviewer Bachelor of Natural History Illustration, University of Newcastle, NSW
  • 2014-2015: Curation of "EarthLines" a Macquarie University Traveling Exhibition
  • 2012-2013: Member, Museum Reference Committee, Museums and Galleries NSW.
  • 2011: Steering Committee Member, Museums Metadata Exchange Working Party, a collaborative project between the Council of Australian Museum Directors and Museums Australia 2011.
  • 2011: Convenor, "Place, Space and Identity, Future Directions for Museums in NSW", Museums Australia NSW Branch symposium, 2011 held at Macquarie University.
  • 2009-2013: Chair, NSW Branch, Museums Australia.
  • 2009-present: Chair, Research Working Group UMAC (University Museums and Collections, an international committee of ICOM).
  • 2008-2009:Member, Faculty of Science, Science Communication Working Group.
  • 2007-2009: Member, Macquarie University Standing Committee of Convocation 2007-2009 (citation for service to the University awarded in 2009).
  • 2007-2009: Judge, Macquarie University Eureka Schools Science Prize.
  • 2002-2009: (Co) Editor, Science Education News - journal of the NSW Science Teachers Association (citation for service to the Association awarded in 2010).
  • 2005-present: Member, National Council of Museums Australia Inc.
  • 2005-present: Chair, Council of Australian University Museums and Collections.
  • 2001-2002: National Secretary, Council of Australian University Museums and Collections.
  • 2001-2005: Chair, Macquarie University Museums and Collections Vice-Chancellors Advisory Committee.
  • 2001-2002: Secretary, Geological Society of Australia, NSW Division.
  • 2000-2007: Secretary, Outreach Committee, Division of Environmental and Life Sciences, Macquarie University.
  • 1997-1999: Chair, University of Queensland Museums and Collections Committee.
  • 1997-1998: Member, University of Queensland Museums and Collections Policy Advisory Committee.
  • 1989-1990: Secretary, Geological Society of Australia, Queensland Division.

Grants, awards and associated professional activity

  • 2010: Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Priority grant - "documenting the Indian experience in Australia". (member of team application)
  • 2010: Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Priority grant - "object pedagogies in cross disciplinary engagement" (lead of team application)
  • 2009: Macquarie University Research Development Grant (University Museums).
  • 2007: Staff Prize, Macquarie University Vice Chancellor's Writing Competition.
  • 2005: Macquarie University, Vice-Chancellor's Development Fund Grant for integrating campus museums with the Museum Studies programs.
  • 2001: Macquarie University, Vice-Chancellor's Development Fund, Grant for the development of content for an undergraduate program in Museum Studies, (joint applicant).
  • 2001: "Flagship" grant Macquarie University for the development of problem based learning in undergraduate earth science programs, (member of team application).
  • 1998: International Geological Correlation Program (IGCP) Grant-In-Aid for participation in IGCP 421 meeting at the University of Isfahan, Iran.
  • 1998: International Geological Correlation Program (IGCP) Grant-In-Aid for participation in ECOS VII (Seventh European Conodont Conference), Bologna & Moderna.
  • 1997: Department of Science Industry and Tourism, Science and Technology Awareness Program, grant for development of museum newsletter and support group (at the University of Queensland).
  • 1996: University of Queensland, Vice-Chancellor's General Staff Award for Academic Achievement.
  • 1996: Grant for a one year Action Learning Project entitled "The University of Queensland's Museums and Collections: maximising their contribution to teaching and learning, research and community service" from the Tertiary Education Institute, University of Queensland.
  • 1995: Grant from the University of Queensland's Vice-Chancellor's Emerging Needs Fund for production of a guide to the University of Queensland's museums and collections (via External Affairs Office, the University of Queensland).
  • 1994: University of Queensland, Quality Funds, Community Services category, for expansion of public programs and displays, Geology Museum.
  • 1993: Secured donation of large international mineral collection from private source to Geology Museum (University of Queensland).

Publications


 

Book Chapters 

  • Hammond, G. & Simpson, A. 2015. Soft Power Working Spaces and First Nation Voices, Museums and the Power of Attraction. In Chitty, N & Lou, Q. (Eds) China and the World, Theatres of Soft Power.  Communication University of China. 257-269.
  • Simpson, A. 2012.  Modelling governance structures for university museums and collections.  In Jandl, S. & Gold, M. (Eds) A Handbook for Academic Museums: Beyond Exhibitions and Education. MuseumsEtc: 178-218.  Link to publisher
  • Molloy, P. & Simpson, A. 2012 The Ireviken Event in the Boree Creek Formation, New South Wales, Australia.  In Talent, JA (ed.), Earth and Life, Extinction Intervals and Biogeographic Perturbations through Time. Springer Science and Media, Dordrecht, i-xxxviii + 1-1102 pp: 615-630. Link to publisher  
  • Jeppsson, L., Talent, J., Mawson, R., Andrew, A., Corradini, C., Simpson, A.J., Wigforss-Lange, J., & Schönlaub, H.P. 2012. Late Ludfordian (Silurian) correlations and the Lau Global Extinction Event. In Talent, JA (ed.), Earth and Life, Extinction Intervals and Biogeographic Perturbations through Time. Springer Science and Media, Dordrecht, i-xxxviii + 1-1102 pp: 653-675.  Link to publisher
  • Simpson, A. 2005. Hawkesbury Sandstone Dreaming.  In Berowra Visions: Margaret Preston and Beyond, Janiszewski, L (Editor) Macquarie University: 10-15.
  • Simpson, A. 2005. 2005 - The "Year of Margaret Preston": A dedication.  In Berowra Visions: Margaret Preston and Beyond, Janiszewski, L (Editor) Macquarie University: 4-5.  
  • Warne, M.T., N.W. Archbold, P.E. Bock, T A. Darragh, M.E. Dettman, J.G. Douglas, R T. Gratsianova, M. Grover, D.J. Holloway, F.C. Holmes, R.P. Irwin, P.A. Jell, J.A. Long, R. Mawson, A.D. Partridge, J.W. Pickett, T.H. Rich, J.R. Richardson, A.J. Simpson, J.A. Talent and A.H.M. Vandenberg.  2003. Palaeontology: the biogeohistory of Victoria In:Birch W.D. (ed.) Geology of Victoria, pp. 377-433. Geological Society of Australia Special Publication 23.Geological Society of Australia (Victoria Division): 605-652 
  • Talent, J.A., Mawson, R., & Simpson, A.J. 2002 Silurian of Australia and New Guinea. In: Landing, E. & Johnson, M.E. (eds), Silurian Lands and Seas-Paleogeography outside of Laurentia. New York State Museum Bulletin 493: 181‑220.
  • Simpson, A., Boyes, R., Gollan, B., Gofton, P., Schneider, M., Searle, R., Stewart-Zerba, A., & Ridsdale, G.  1996.  Museums and collections: Maximising their contribution to teaching and learning, research and community service.  In Broadbent, F. (Ed.)  A year of challenge: The 1996 Action Learning Program.  Tertiary Education Institute, The University of Queensland, 1-18.
  • Jell, J.S., Simpson, A., Mawson, R. & Talent, J.A.  1993.  Biostratigraphic Summary, in Withnall, I.W. & Lang, S.C. (Eds) Geology of the Broken River Province, north Queensland.  Queensland Geology, 4, 239-245.
  • Simpson, A. 1992.  Ancient plants and animals.  In Willmott, W & Stevens, N.C.  Rocks and landscapes of the Brisbane Ipswich district.  Geological Society of Australia, Queensland Division, Brisbane, 19-22.
  • Mawson, R., Talent, J.A., Bear,  V.C., Benson, D.S., Brock, G.A., Farrell, J.R., Hyland, K.A., Pyemont, B.D., Sloan, T.R., Sorentino, L., Stewart, M.I., Trotter, J.A. Wilson, G.A. & Simpson, A.  1988.  Conodont data in relation to resolution of stage and zonal boundaries for the Devonian of Australia, in McMillan et al. (Eds), Devonian of the world, proceedings of the Second International Symposium on the Devonian System.  Volume 3, Paleontology, Paleoecology and Biostratigraphy.  Memoir of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, 14, 485-527.

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Journal Articles and Refereed Conference Papers 

  • Simpson, A.J. 2017. Beyond visitor statistics: value propositions and metrics for university museums and collections. Museum Management and Curatorship 32(1): 20-39. Link
  • Mathieson, D., Mawson, R., Simpson, A. & Talent, J.A. 2016. Late Silurian (Ludlow) and Early Devonian (Pragian) conodonts from the Cobar Supergroup, western New South Wales, Australia. Bulletin of Geosciences 91(3):583-652. Link
  • Hammond, G. & Simpson, A. 2016. University museum spaces, soft power and cross-cultural communication. University Museums and Collections Journal 7: 30-34. Link
  • Trotter, J.A., Williams, I.S., Barnes, C.R., Mannik, P. & Simpson, A. 2016. New conodont δ18O records of Silurian climate change: Implications for environmental and biological events. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 443: 34-48. Link
  • Anderson, D., Giberson, L., Simpson, A. & Thomson, A. 2013.  Australia's first university sporting museum: a case study.  University Museums and Collections Journal 6: 35-44. Link
  • Simpson, A., Hammond, G. & McKenzie-Clark, J. 2013.  Museum literacy that is virtually engaging. University Museums and Collections Journal. 6: 59-66. Link
  • Hammond, G. Van Dyke, K., & Simpson, A. 2012.  Adding value: Universities and their museums.  University Museums and Collections Journal 5: 7-16.  Link to pdf    
  • Simpson, A. & Hammond, G. 2012. University collections and object-based pedagogies.  University Museums and Collections Journal 5: 75-82.  Link to pdf  
  • Li, R. & Simpson, A. 2011.  A survey of university museums in Shanghai and their role in World Expo 2010. University Museums and Collections Journal 4: 5-11. Link to pdf
  • Estrada-Arevalo, S., Michael, V. & Simpson, A. 2011. Turning the museum inside out: The biological sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. University Museums and Collections Journal 4: 57-63.  Link to pdf    
  • Meszaros, P., Hicks, L. & Simpson, A. 2011.  The renewed science: bridging the gap between museum scientists, museum practitioners and volunteers. In: Interesting Times: New Roles for Collections, Museums Australia National Conference 2010, Conference papers, Museums Australia: 124-128.  Link to pdf
  • Pearce, M. & Simpson, A. 2011.  A recent survey of the current status of university natural history museums and collections in Australia.  . In: Interesting Times: New Roles for Collections, Museums Australia National Conference 2010, Conference papers, Museums Australia: 169-173.  Link to pdf
  • Halliwell, A. & Simpson, A. 2010.  Visitor profiling for, and promotion of the biological and earth sciences museums, Macquarie University.  University Museums and Collections Journal. 3: 149-158.  Link to pdf  
  • Pearce, M. & Simpson, A. 2010.  The exhibition of scientific principles: a case study from the Biological Sciences Museum at Macquarie University.  University Museums and Collections Journal. 3: 163-174.  Link to pdf  
  • Jacobs, C. Andrews, J. Castle, M. C. Meister, N. Green, W. Olson, K. Simpson, A. & Smith, R. 2009. Beyond the field trip: museum literacy and higher education.  Museum Management and Curatorship, 24:1,5-27.  Link to publisher
  • Jeppsson, L., Talent, J.A., Mawson R., Simpson, A.J., Andrew, A., Calner, M., Whitford, D.J., Trotter, J.A., Sandstrom, O., & Caldon, H.J. 2007. High Resolution Late Silurian Correlations between Gotland, Sweden and the Broken River Region, NE Australia: Lithologies, conodonts and isotopes.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 245: 115-137.
  • Simpson, A. 2006.  Integrating university museums into Museum Studies programs.  Opuscula Musealia 15, 85-92.  Link to pdf    
  • Valentine, J.L., Cole, D.J. & Simpson, A.J. 2006.  Silurian Linguliformean brachiopods and conodonts from the Cobra Formation, Southeastern New South Wales, Australia.  Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 127: 199-234.
  • J.A. Talent, A.J. Simpson, P.D. Molloy & R. Mawson, R., 2005. Conodonts from the Wombat Creek Group and "Wibenduck Limestone" (Silurian) of eastern Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 115 (1): 265-291
  • Simpson, A. 2005. University Museums and Formative Experiences in Natural History.  In Tirrell, P. (Editor) Proceedings of the Third Conference of the International Committee for University Museums and Collections (UMAC), Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman OK: 103-108.  Link to pdf    
  • Winchester-Seeto, T., Simpson, A., Scott, D. & Pittard, M. 2003.  Teachers as Learners: An experiential journey through e-learning.  Proceedings of Improving Learning Outcomes Through Flexible Science Teaching Symposium, Uniserve Science, The University of Sydney, 66-71.
  • Simpson, A. 2003.  The plight of geological collections in the Australian tertiary education system.  Museologia 3(1-2): 37-44.  Link to pdf   
  • Simpson, A., Davis, R. & Hill, K. 2003.  Palaeographia: an exhibition blending science and art.  Museologia 3(1-2): 111-116.  Link to pdf  
  • Simpson, A., & Mawson, R. 2003. Macquarie University's undergraduate degree in museum studies.  Museologia 3(1-2): 133-138.  Link to pdf
  • Talent, J.A., Mawson, R., & Simpson, A.J. 2003. The "lost" Early Ordovician-Devonian Georgetown Carbonate Platform of northeastern Australia.  Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg 242: 71-79.
  • Simpson, A. 2003.  A new subspecies of the conodont genus Ozarkodina and its correlative value.  Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg 245: 75-81.
  • Mawson, R., Talent, J.A., Molloy, P.D. & Simpson, A.J. 2003.  Latest Silurian and Early Devonian (Pridoli-Lochkovian and early Emsian) conodonts from the Nowshera area, Pakistan: implications for the mid-Palaeozoic stratigraphy of the Peshawar Basin.  Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg 245: 83-105.
  • Rickards, R.B., Percival, I.G., Simpson, A.J. & Wright, A.J.  2001.  Silurian biostratigraphy of the Cadia area, south of Orange, New South Wales.  Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 123: 173-191.
  • Simpson, A. 2000.  Silurian to basal Devonian conodonts from the Broken River Crossing, northeastern Australia.  Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 58, 145-162.
  • Pickett, J.W., Burrow, C.J., Holloway, D.J., Munson, T.J., Percival, I.G., Rickards, R.B., Sherwin, L., Simpson, A.J., Strusz, D.L., Turner, S., & Wright, A.J. 2000.  Silurian Palaeobiogeography of Australia. In Wright, A.J., Young, G.C., Talent, J.A. & Laurie, J.R. (Editors) Palaeobiogeography of Australasian Faunas and Floras.  Memoirs, Association of Australasian Palaeontologists 23, 127-165.
  • SIMPSON, A. 1999.  Early Silurian conodonts from the Quinton Formation of the Broken River region (North-Eastern Australia).  Abhandlungen Geologischen Bundesanstalts 54, 183-199.
  • Simpson, A., 1999.  The work and type collections of the Australian palaeontologist, Professor Dorothy Hill (1907-1997).  The Geological Curator 7(2), 51-69.
  • Simpson, A. 1998.  Apparatus structure of the latest Silurian to Early Devonian conodont Icriodus woschmidti hesperius Klapper et Murphy, and some comments on phylogeny.  In H. Szaniawski (Edtitor), Proceedings of the sixth European conodont conference ECOS VI, Palaeontologica Polonica, 58, 151-167.
  • Burrow, C.J. & Simpson, A.J.  1995.  A new ischacanthid acanthodian from the Late Silurian (Ludlow, ploeckensis Zone) Jack Formation, north Queensland.  Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 38(2), 383-395.
  • Simpson, A. & Talent, J.A.  1995.  Silurian conodonts from the headwaters of the Indi (upper Murray) and Buchan rivers, southeastern Australia, and their implications. Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, 182, 79-215.
  • Sloan, T., Talent, J.A., Mawson, R., Simpson, A.J., Brock, G., Engelbretsen, M., Jell, J.S., Aung, A.K., Pfaffenritter, C., Trotter, J., & Withnall, I.W.  1995.  Conodont data from Silurian-Middle Devonian carbonate fans, debris flows, allochthonous blocks and adjacent platform margins: Broken River and Camel Creek areas, north Queensland, Australia.  Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, 182, 1-77.
  • Simpson, A.  1995.  Silurian conodont biostratigraphy in Australia: a review and critique. Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, 182, 325-345.
  • Simpson, A.J., Bell, K.E., Mawson, R. & Talent, J.A.  1993.  Late Silurian  (Ludlow) foraminifers and conodonts from Cowombat, south eastern Australia.  Memoir, Australasian Association of Palaeontologists, 15, 141-159.
  • Drysdale, D.J. & Simpson, A. 1992.  Fake Galena geodes from Morocco.  Papers, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Queensland.  12(4), 325-331.
  • Simpson, A. 1992.  Pacshool 90: testing and changing attitudes towards the resource industries.  Bulletin, AusIMM, 4 (July), 15-22.
  • Simpson, A. 1991.  The Geology Museum, University of Queensland and options for campus based collections.  In Skates, A. (Ed) "Where are we going" Conference Proceedings, Evaluation in Scientific and Cultural Institutions, Australian Museum, 165-177.
  • Simpson, A. 1987.  Planetary maps and their role in geological education. The Globe, 28, 25-31.

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Editorial Output 

  • Davis, R., Hargraves, K., Janisewski, L. & Simpson, A. Creative Revisions Retracing 50 years of Artistic Responses to the University Campus (Exhibition Catalogue):  Macquarie University.
  • Bentley, P., Pinchin, R. & Simpson, A. 2011 (editors). Place, Space and Identity: New Directions for Museums in NSW. Symposium Handbook with Abstracts. Museums Australia, NSW Branch: 14p.
  • Simpson, A. & Valentine, J. (Editors) 2008-2009. Science Education News, Journal of the NSW Science Teachers Association: volumes 57-58.
  • Valentine, J., Simpson, A., & Molloy, P. (Editors) 2005.  Nomen Nudum, Newsletter of the Australasian Association of Palaeontologists 29, 1-107.
  • Simpson, A. (Editor) 2004-2009. CAUMAC News, Newsletter of the Council of Australian University Museums and Collections, volumes 12-16.
  • Simpson, A & Winchester-Seeto, T.  (Editors) 2003-2007.  Science Education News, Journal of the NSW Science Teachers Association: volumes 52-56.
  • Simpson, A., Molloy, P. & Valentine, J. 2003.  (Editors) 2003.  Nomen Nudum, Newsletter of the Australasian Association of Palaeontologists 28, 1-119.
  • Simpson, A., Winchester-Seeto, T. & Van Rooy, W. (Editors) 2002.  Science Education News, Journal of the NSW Science Teachers Association volume 51.
  • Simpson, A. & Winchester-Seeto, T. (Eds) 2002. A Festival of Fossils.  Macquarie University Centre for Ecostratigraphy and Palaeobiology & the Division of Environmental and Life Sciences, Macquarie University, 1-63.
  • Simpson, A. & Molloy, P. (Editors) 2002.  Nomen Nudum, Newsletter of the Australasian Association of Palaeontologists 27, 1-94.
  • Simpson, A., Winchester-Seeto, T.& Mathieson, D. (Editors)  2000.  Teaching Palaeontology Down-Under: a hand book of resources for teaching Earth and Environmental Sciences.  Macquarie University Centre for Ecostratigraphy and Palaeobiology and the Science Museums, Division of Environmental and Life Sciences, Macquarie Univerity,1-73
  • Cockle, P., Wilson, G.A., Brock, G.A., Engelbretsen, M.J., Simpson, A., & Winchester-Seeto, T. (Editors).  2000.  Palaeontology Down Under 2000, Abstracts Volume. Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts 61,1-183.
  • Fielding, C.R. & Simpson, A.J., (Eds) 1989. New Techniques and methods in the geosciences.  Geological Society of Australia, Queensland Division, 1-38. 

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Other Selected Output - articles, commentary, reviews, essays, catalogues, guide books, examples of creative writing etc.  

  • Simpson, A. 2015. The "Professor" and the Village Square, Pro Hart (1928-2006), Macquarie University, 1987. In Davis, R., Janiszewski, L. & Simons, J. (Eds) Macquarie University Art Collection 50 Highlights, Macquarie University: 10-11.
  • Simpson, A. 2015. Bronwyn Bancroft (b. 1958) Grandmother's Country 2005. In Davis, R., Janiszewski, L. & Simons, J. (Eds) Macquarie University Art Collection 50 Highlights, Macquarie University: 18-19.
  • Simpson, A. 2016. Reorienting the Australian Museum. reCollections 11 (1), Link
  • Chinneck, S., Dollimore, C. & Simpson, A. 2015. Picturing a living campus: fifty years of students at Macquarie exhibited. Museums Australia Magazine 23(4): 22-24. Link
  • Simpson, A. 2014. After the Nimbin museum fire: How to model cultural recovery. Museums Australia Magazine, 22(4): 7. Link
  • Simpson, A. 2014. Something new and fresh: shaping the cultural landscapes of Sydney's third university. In, Davis, R., Hargraves, K., Janisewski, L. & Simpson, A. Creative Revisions Retracing 50 years of Artistic Responses to the University Campus (Exhibition Catalogue): 6-15.
  • Simpson, A. 2014. Constellations of the human imagination. In, Parker, Q., Davis, R., Hargraves, K. & Janisewski, L. Fields of Vision: Art and Astronomy (Exhibition catalogue): 4.
  • Simpson, A. 2014. Book review: Museums and Higher Education working together: Challenges and Opportunities. Museums Australia Magazine, 22(3): 34-35. Link
  • Simpson, A. 2014. Rethinking university museums: Material collections and the changing world of higher education. Museums Australia Magazine, 22(3): 18-22. Link
  • Simpson, A. & Janisewski, L. 2014. Earthlines: Exploring the limits of symbolic knowledge systems. Nathalie Hartog-Gautier Exhibition Catalogue, Macquarie University: 20pp.
  • Simpson, A. 2014. Beneath the Crust. In Macquarie University Museums and Collections curatorial team (Editors). Affinities: 7 Museums, 50 Objects (Exhibition Catalogue), Macquarie University Art Gallery: 24-27.
  • Simpson, A. 2014. Why Universities Collect. In Macquarie University Museums and Collections curatorial team (Editors). Affinities: 7 Museums, 50 Objects (Exhibition Catalogue) Macquarie University Art Gallery: 6-9.
  • Simpson, A. 2013. The book as journey and the unbound natural historian.  In Davis, R., Potts, J., Hargraves, K. & Smyth-King, S. (compilers). Unbound Bound, Macquarie University Art Gallery - Exhibition Catalogue. 130-133. 
  • Simpson, A. 2012.  Cinderella Collections fifteen years after the ball: Australia's university museums reviewed.  Museums Australia Magazine 21 (2): 18-20. Link
  • Simpson, A. 2012. Drifting to Asia. In, Davis, R., Hammond, G. & Janisewski, L. China India: Imaginings and Transformations.  Exhibition Catalogue, Macquarie University Art Gallery: 2-3.
  • Simpson, A. 2012.  Cinderella Collections fifteen years after the ball: Australia's university museums reviewed.  Museums Australia Magazine 21 (2): 18-20.
  • Simpson, A. 2011. Trees and other deeply rooted arboreal connections. In Hammond, G. (editor) Arboreal, Macquarie University Art Gallery 26 October - 15 December Exhibition Catalogue, Macquarie University: 18-23.
  • Hill, K. & Simpson, A. 2011. Temple museums in Thailand and community museums in Australia - some comparisons.  Museums Australia Magazine 20(2): 9-15.
  • Simpson, A. 2011. We are all made of lace - Contemporary artists and designers pushing boundaries (Exhibition Review).  Museums Australia Magazine 20(2): 30-31.
  • Simpson, A. 2011. A journey into the textured lands of Shay Docking. In Davis, R. & Janiszewski, L. (editors) Song of Earth and Sea: Shay Docking 1955-1996 (Exhibition catalogue) Macquarie University: 16-21
  • Simpson, A. 2010.  Museum materialities: Objects, engagements, interpretations, Sandra Dudley (ed.), Routledge, 2009 (Book Review).  Recollections 5 (2). http://recollections.nma.gov.au/issues/vol_5_no_2/book_reviews/museum_materialities/
  • Simpson, A. 2009. What mattered then, what matters now.  Museums Australia Magazine 18(1): 20-24.
  • Simpson, A. 2009. Transit in Brice, M. (Curator) Transit Exhibition Catalogue 21st October to 21st November, 2009.  The Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, 44p: 9
  • Simpson, A. 2005. Latin American Palaeontology Conference Review. Ameghiniana 42(4): 20.
  • Simpson, A. & Noach, T. 2005. Korean University Museums and a variety of villages.  Museums Australia Magazine. 14(2): 26-27.
  • Simpson, A.  2005.  Tsunami and Phuket.  Museums Australia Magazine 13(4): 13-14.
  • Simpson, A.  2004. A lunar obsession.  Museums Australia Magazine, 13(2): 6-7.
  • Simpson, A., Davis, R. & Hill, K. 2004. Aged Cultural Care. Museums Australia Magazine, 13(2): 18-19.
  • Simpson, A.  2004.  Postcard from the US: The Oklahoma National Memorial, Museums Australia Magazine 12(4): 8-9.
  • Simpson, A.  2003.  A crisis of support for university geology collections.  Museums Australia Magazine. 12(2): 2-3.
  • Simpson, A.  2002. Palæographia - Artworks from deep time.  Museum National, 11(2), 2.
  • Talent, J.A., Mawson, R., Simpson, A.J., & Brock, G.A. 2002. Palaeozoics of North East Queensland: Broken River region. Post-5 Field excursion Guidebook, IPC2002, 11-17 July 2002. Macquarie University Centre for Ecostratigraphy and Palaeobiology, Special Publication No. 1. 1-82.
  • Simpson, A.  2002. Palaeontology as an art form.  The Australian Geologist 124, 26-27.
  • Simpson, A., & Brock, G. 2002.  Book Review of "Shaking the tree: Readings from Nature in the history of life".  Nomen Nudum 27, 14-17.  (Reprinted from The Australian Geologist 116, 42-44).
  • Simpson, A.  2001. Will Cinderella make it to the ball?  Museum National 9(3), 20.
  • Simpson, A.  2001.  What on Earth are you standing on! A Review of "Beneath our feet; the rocks of planet Earth." Science Education News 50(2), 85-86. (Reprinted as Simpson, A.  2001. A Review of "Beneath our feet; the rocks of planet Earth." By Ron Vernon, Cambridge University Press, The Queensland Science Teacher 27(6), 22-24. & Simpson, A. 2001.  Beneath our Feet; The rocks of Planet Earth.  The Australian Geologist 120, 24-25.)
  • Talent, J., Wright, A.J., Mawson, R., Simpson, A.J., Brock, G., Bauer, J., & Cockle, P.  2000.  Ordovician - Devonian of southeastern Australia.  Palaeontology Down-Under 2000, Excursion Guide 1, 1-73.
  • Simpson, A.  1999.  Its about time.  Science Education News 48(4), 148-154.
  • Simpson, A.  1999.  Fossil hunting in Iran.  Queensland Science Teachers Journal, 26(2), 7-10.
  • Simpson, A.  1999.  Bringing the field closer to the classroom. Queensland Science Teachers Journal, 25(2), 30-31.
  • Simpson, A.  1999.  The north Gondwana margin in Iran.  British Micropalaeontological Society Newsletter 60, 18-19.
  • Simpson, A.  1998.  7th International Conodont Symposium held in Europe: Bologna-Modena, Italy, June 24 to 26, 1998; Scientific Sessions.  British Micropalaeontological Society Newsletter 59, 20-23.
  • Talent, J.A., Mawson, R., Biasutti, M., Parkes, R. & Simpson A. 1997.  Mid-Palaeozoic sequences of south eastern New South Wales, Excursion Guide.  Palaeobiogeography of Australasian Faunas and Floras, Post-confenece excursion.  Macquarie University Centre for Ecostratigraphy and Palaeobiology, 1-26.
  • Simpson, A.  1997.  Selling Cinderella in Perth: a review of the 1997 CAUMAC Conference.  Museum National 6(2), 16-17.
  • Simpson, A.  1997.  Professor Dorothy Hill, 1907-1997: An outstanding Australian scientist. Queensland Science Teachers Journal, 23(4), 3-6.
  • Simpson, A.  1996.  Building bridges in Adelaide, the 1996 CAUMAC Conference.  Museum National, 5(2), 27-28.
  • Simpson, A.  1991.  Recent Redbank rarities. Queensland Science Teachers Journal, 17(3), 27-28.
  • Grenfell, A. Simpson, A, Broadfoot, J & Tulip, D.  1990.  Pacschool 90: A science learning experience involving Keylink. Australasian Science Magazine, 4, 54-57.
  • Simpson, A.  1990.  Pacific Rim 90 Congress, Guide to Exhibition of Geoscience Maps of the Pacific, Conrad International Hotel, Gold Coast, Queensland, 6-12 May, 1990.  Geology Museum, University of Queensland, 1-19.
  • Simpson, A.  1990.  Hot rocks from Hawaii. Queensland Science Teachers Journal, 16(3), 28-30.
  • Simpson, A.  1988.  The Somersby fossil fish dig. Australasian Science Magazine, 1, 16-21.
  • Simpson, A.  1987.  Geology that's out of this world. Queensland Science Teachers Journal, September, 72-75.
  • Simpson, A.  1987.  The Queensland Palaeobiology Forums.  The Fossil Collector, 21. 28-32.

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Selected Conference Presentations 

  • Simpson, A. 2012.  Australia's first university sporting museum. Paper Abstracts and Speaker Biographies, UMAC XII, NUS Museum, National University of Singapore, XII Annual University Museums and Collections Meeting and Conference: 14.
  • Simpson, A. 2011. What does the sector want from museum studies programs?  Museums Australia & Interpretation Australia 2011 National Conference, At the Frontier: Exploring the Possibilities.  Abstracts Booklet, 22.
  • Hammond, G., Chapman, J., Davis, R. & Simpson, A. 2011. Making applied history work. In Bentley, P., Pinchin, R. & Simpson, A. 2011 (editors). Place, Space and Identity: New Directions for Museums in NSW. Symposium Handbook with Abstracts. Museums Australia, NSW Branch: 5.
  • Simpson, A. 2011. Developing regional awareness in future museologists. In Bentley, P., Pinchin, R. & Simpson, A  2011 (editors). Place, Space and Identity: New Directions for Museums in NSW. Symposium Handbook with Abstracts. Museums Australia, NSW Branch: 6.
  • Simpson, A. & Reed, A. 2011.  Cinderella, fifteen years after the ball. In Lisboa 2011, XI UMAC Annual Meeting 20-25 September, Museum of Science University of Lisbon, Book of Abstracts: 41.
  • Simpson, A. & Hammond, G. University collections and object based pedagogies. In Lisboa 2011, XI UMAC Annual Meeting 20-25 September, Museum of Science University of Lisbon, Book of Abstracts: 71-72.
  • Pearce, M. & Simpson, A. 2009. The exhibition of scientific principles: A case study from the Biological Sciences Museum at Macquarie University.  In Joyce, R. A., Meadow, M. & Robertson, B. (compilers) UMAC 2009, 9th International Conference: Putting University Collections to Work in Research and Teaching, University of California at Berkeley, September 10th - 12th, 2009, Conference Program: 14.
  • Valentine, J. Simpson, A, Brock, G. 2007. Palaeontological perspectives on taxonomic techniques. Linnean Tercentenary Symposium, Abstracts, 3.
  • Simpson, A., Yerbury, D., Stanbury, P., Van Dyke, K., & Rigg, V. 2005.  A model of community engagement through university museums.  Rhapsody 21C; Abstracts booklet. A Conference on the Future of University Museums and Art Galleries in the New Century, Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Launceston 25-27 May 2005: 18
  • Simpson, A. 2005. Palaeontology, Museums and Curatorship. Invited Keynote presentation at the 6th Latin American Palaeontological Congress, Aracaju, Brazil.
  • Simpson, A.. 2004.  Intangible heritage of university earth science collections: Some considerations for significance assessment.  Program Guide, UMAC '04 Traditional Culture and Intangible Heritage in University Museums, 2004 Conference, October 4-7.  Korean Association of University Museums: 9.
  • Simpson, A. 2004.  Cross-disciplinary collaboration as the key to sustainable community engagement for university museums.  Museums Australia National Conference; Food for Thought: Museums and Galleries Feast or Famine; Social Value and Sustainability within a globalised framework, 16-21 May 2004 Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne.  Programme Booklet: 22.
  • Andrew, A.S., Whitford, D.J., Jeppsson, L., Talent, J. A., Mawson, R. & Simpson, A.J., 2002. The Late Silurian Lau Event: isotopic evidence for causes of extinction. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, Spec. Supplement. Abstracts of the 12th Annual V.M. Goldschmidt Conference Davos, Switzerland, August 18-23, 2002, p. A23.
  • Simpson, A., Mawson, R., & Talent, J.A. 2002.  Palaeontology and Museum Studies at Macquarie University.  IPC2002, Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts 68,  145.
  • Jeppsson, L., Mawson, R., Simpson, A.J., Talent, J.A., Andrew, A., Whitford, D.J., & Corradini, C. 2002.  The Lau global extinction event (Late Silurian): Lithologic, conodont and isotope data and implications.  IPC2002, Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts 68, 222-223.
  • Molloy, P. & Simpson, A. 2002.  Morphological variation in the Pa element of Pterospathodus from the Early Silurian of Boree Creek, NSW.  IPC2002, Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts 68, 245-246.
  • Simpson, A. 2001. General staff and the design of degree programs; Macquarie University's BSc/BA in Museum Studies. Techtrain 2001, Program and Abstracts, 12.
  • Simpson, A. & Stadler, F. 2001. Remedies for the ailing University science museum through community outreach. Techtrain 2001, Program and Abstracts, 22.
  • Molloy, P.D., Khan, F-R., Khan, A.A., Simpson, A., Mawson, R. & Talent, J.A. 1999.  Conodont correlations between Pakistan and eastern Australia for the latest Silurian to earliest Devonian interval. In J. Talent, F-R. Khan & R. Mawson (Editors) Abstract Book, Peshawar Meeting of UNESCO-IGCP Project 421, North Gondwana mid-Palaeozoic bioevent/biogeography patterns in relation to crustal dynamics, 8-26 September, 1999, 19-20.
  • Simpson, A. 1998.  Lithological sequence and Silurian conodont faunas from the type section of the Jack Formation, north Queensland, Australia.  In Bagnoli, G. (Editor) ECOS VII Abstracts, Bologna-Modena, 1998, 103-104.
  • Simpson, A. 1998.  Morphologic and stratigraphic considerations for the origin of the conodont genus Amydrotaxis Klapper and Murphy.  In R. Mawson, J. Talent, G. Wilson & P. Cockle (Editors), Abstract Book, Isfahan Meeting of UNESCO-IGCP Project 421, North Gondwana mid-Palaeozoic bioevent/biogeography patterns in relation to crustal dynamics, 5-20 December, 1998, 37-38.
  • Parkes, R. & Simpson, A. 1997.  A Late Silurian acanthodian from coeval carbonates in Victoria and New South Wales. Geological Society of Australia Abstracts 48, 107.
  • Rix, A. & Simpson, A. 1997.  The fauna and flora of the Eocene Redbank Plains Formation: summary of recent progress. Geological Society of Australia Abstracts 48, 109.
  • Simpson, A.  1997.  The University of Queensland's museums and collections project: results and recent developments.  "Marketing Cinderella: claiming the slipper", Council of Australian University Museums and Collections 1997 Conference, Perth, Western Australia, Program and Abstracts, p. 7.
  • Talent, J.A., Mawson, R. & Simpson, A.  1996.  Silurian of Australia.  The James Hall Symposium: second international symposium on the Silurian system, Program and Abstracts, University of Rochester, p. 92.
  • Simpson, A.  1996.  The symmetry transition series of the Late Silurian-Early Devonian conodont Icriodus woschmidti hesperius Klapper and Murphy.  Sixth Europeen Conodont Symposium (ECOS VI), Abstracts, Instytut Paleobiologii, Warsaw, p. 53.
  • Simpson, A. & Talent, J.A.  1996.  Middle Palaeozoic orogenic events in the southern Lachlan Fold Belt: Age constraints from conodont data. Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts, 41, p. 395.
  • Simpson, A.  1996.  A comparison of Silurian conodont faunas from the Graveyard Creek and Camel Creek subprovinces, north Queensland. Geological Society of Australia, Abstracts, 41, p. 396.
  • Simpson, A., & Schon, R.  1994.  Three applications of the CD Rom Microsoft Dinosaurs for Universities.  Australian Palaeontologic Convention 94, Abstracts volume, Macquarie University Centre for Ecostratigraphy and Palaeobiology, p. 87.
  • Simpson, A. 1990. The Geology Museum, University of Queensland and options for campus based collections.  Evaluation in Scientific and Cultural Institutions Conference, Australian Museum, 12-13 November, 1990, Program with Abstracts, p. 19.
  • Simpson, A. 1987.  Planetary maps and their role in geological education.  15th Annual Conference, Australian Map Circle, Program with Abstracts, 7.

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