Dr. Kevin Tilbrook

Dr Kevin Tilbrook Dr Kevin TilbrookKevin is a world-recognised marine invertebrate systematist; an authority on the taxonomy and systematics of the Bryozoa. Kevin’s particular expertise is on the diversity and biogeography of tropical coral reef-associated bryozoans from the South Pacific, including the coral reefs off the Queensland Coast. He has also worked on temperate and boreal, intertidal, shallow and deep-sea, and fossil faunas from around the World.

Awarded his PhD from the University of Liverpool for his work on Solomon Islands Bryozoa, Kevin has also spent time lecturing at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, as a researcher at the University of Wales, Swansea and University of Cambridge, and as a marine scientist at the Natural History Museum in London.

A well-respected member of the Bryozoan research community, Kevin has Scientific Associate status of London’s Natural History Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. In 2004 he was elected as a member of council for the International Bryozoology Association. In 2006 he was invited to attend the inaugural meeting of the CReefs project, and has since participated in two collecting trips one to Ningaloo Reef in 2008 and one to Heron Island in 2010.

In November 2010 Kevin joined the Queensland Museum as the BHP Billiton – CReefs Fellow. Since joining the Biodiversity Group based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville, Kevin has been very busy.

Research Output

  • Four peer-reviewed papers published (1 new genus, 14 new species, two invasive species new to Australia),
  • Two papers in submission (16 new species) and several others in preparation,
  • All of these will be published this year (2013), including several chapters and editing duties on the Bryozoa of Australia.
  • Identified many thousands of specimens and added over 1300 items to the QM database.

Academic Community Engagement

  • Instigated collaborative research projects with colleagues from New Zealand, Brazil, USA, and Austria, as well as Australia and within QM itself.
  • Gave seminars and workshops at University of Queensland and National University of Singapore.
  • Hosted the AustraLarwood Meeting – annual meeting of southern hemisphere bryozoan workers.
  • Attended the International Coral Reef Symposium in Cairns (July 2012).
  • Consultative identification work for the Western Australian Museum (November 2010 – Present).
  • Invited to present a public talk at the National University of Singapore (May 2013).
  • Plan to attend the International Bryozoology Association Conference, Catania, Italy, June 2013 and present two papers.

Non-Academic Community Engagement

  • Produced an exhibition for MTQ (2011), and currently designing another for a local gallery exhibition space (August 2013).
  • Contributed to the Back to Front exhibition at MTQ (2012) and consulting on the up-coming new coral reef exhibition (Jan. 2014).
  • Presented a public talk at the MTQ, as part of their Discover More series (Dec. 2011).
  • Numerous talks to “Back of House” tours, to school groups, the public and local dignitaries.
  • Joined the Federal Scientists in Schools Programme and have given talks on taxonomy and biological classification to local schools.
  • Participated in the Reef Guardians school initiative.
  • Newspaper article (Townsville Bulletin) and radio news announcements about my work.


  • Sponsored participant in two marine surveys in Singapore (Oct. 2012 and May 2013).
  • Lizard Island– collecting bryozoans for morphological and molecular work (October 2012).
  • Osprey Reef and Outer Ribbon Reefs, GBR – faunal survey (December 2011).
  • Heron Island, GBR – faunal survey (November 2010).
  • Initiated a settlement panel project in Ross Creek, Townsville.
  • Upgraded dive qualifications to SSSI Scientific Research Diver (2012); 90+ dives logged.
  • Certification in First Aid (2012), CPR, and O2 Administration (2012). 
  • National Safety Council of Australia Health and Safety Representative (2011, 2012).

Part of Kevin's research to date can be viewed at Great Barrier Reef Bryozoa.

Selected publications

Tilbrook K.J. & Vieira L.M. 2012: Scrupocellaria (Bryozoa: Cheilostomata) from the Queensland coast, with the description of three new species. Zootaxa. 3528. 29–48.

Tilbrook, K.J. 2012: Bryozoa, Cheilostomata: First records of two invasive species in Australia and the northerly range extension for a third. Check List. 8(1). 181–183.

Tilbrook, K.J. 2012: Review of the bryozoan genus Bryopesanser Tilbrook, 2006 (Escharinidae: Cheilostomata) with the description of 11 new species. Zootaxa. 3165. 39–63.

Tilbrook, K.J. 2011: New genus for a unique species of Indo-West Pacific bryozoan. Zootaxa. 3134. 63–67.

Berning, B., Tilbrook, K.J. & Rosso, A. 2008: Revision of the north-eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean species of the genera Herentia and Therenia (Bryozoa: Cheilostomata). Journal of Natural History. 42(21–22). 1509–1547.

Dick, M.H., Tilbrook, K.J. & Mawatari, S.F. 2006: Diversity and taxonomy of rocky-intertidal Bryozoa on the Island of Hawaii, USA. Journal of Natural History. 40(38–40). 2197–2257.

Tilbrook, K.J.2006: Cheilostomatous Bryozoa from the Solomon Islands. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Monographs Number 4, Studies in Biodiversity Number 3. 386 pp.

Tilbrook, K.J. & De Grave, S. 2005: A biogeographical analysis of Indo-West Pacific cheilostome bryozoan faunas. In: Moyano G., H.I., Cancino, J.M. & Wyse Jackson, P.N. eds, Bryozoan Studies 2004, Proceedings of the 13th International Bryozoology Association Conference, Concepción, Chile, 11-16 January, 2004. 341–349. AA Balkema: Leiden.

Tilbrook, K.J. & Cook, P.L. 2004: Petraliellidae Harmer, 1957 (Bryozoa: Cheilostomata) from Queensland, Australia. Systematics and Biodiversity. 2(3). 319–339.

Tilbrook, K.J. 2000: New bryozoan family from the Indo-Pacific shows unexpected diversity. Journal of the Marine Biological Association, UK. 80(6) 1129–1130.

Tilbrook, K.J., Hayward, P.J. & Gordon, D.P. 2001: Cheilostomatous Bryozoa from Vanuatu. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, London. 131(1). 35–108.

Tilbrook, K.J. 2001: Indo-West Pacific species of the genus Stylopoma Levinsen, 1909 (Bryozoa: Cheilostomatida). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, London. 131(1). 1–34.


BHP Billiton – CReefs Fellow


B.Sc. (Hons). Zoology. Upper Second Class. Imperial College, London.

Ph.D. Marine Biology. University of Liverpool & NHM, London

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