Lynne Bean

Collection Curator
PhD student
Student - Palaeoenvironments
#54, Rm B1.03
 0401 968 253



B.Sc.(S.U.); Dip.Ed.(STC); Grad.Dip.(ANU)


I completed my B.Sc. at Sydney University in 1968 with a double major in Geology.  In 1970 I started teaching Science at Orange High School (NSW) including Level 1 Geology. In 1974 I moved to Killara High and then in 1975 I went to live in London.

By 1981 my husband and I were living in Canberra with our children and I did not return to full-time teaching until 1987.  From 1988 to 2005 I taught Physics and Chemistry at Lake Ginninderra College (ACT), then in 2006 I moved to Dickson College until I retired at the end of 2013.

During 2000-2002 I completed a Graduate Diploma in Geology part-time at ANU, working on an early fossil teleost from the Talbragar Fish Bed near Gulgong NSW. I enrolled in an M.Sc. part-time in 2003, but had to withdraw from it in 2006 due time constraints of working full-time. However in 2005 I attended in international conference in Madrid on Mesozoic Fish where I presented a poster and a short talk. In 2006 I had a paper published on the work I did for my Grad. Dip.

In 2014 I joined the ranks of Visitors at the ANU and took up the role of volunteer curator of the collection on rocks, minerals and fossils.  At the end of that year the collection was moved from Building 47 to Building 54 and during 2015 my work entailed confirming the new locations of all the boxes and specimens.

My second international conference was in Melbourne in July 2015.  It was on Early and Lower Vertebrates. As a result of conversations at that conference I commenced working toward a PhD in January 2016.  This is the culmination of a life-long interest in Geology and fossils in particular.

You can find me on ResearchGate and Google Scholar.

Orcid no. 0000-0001-5031-0830

Scopus Author ID: 3577508190


Research interests

Working title for my thesis: A reassessment of the fossils of the Talbragar Fish Bed near Gugong, NSW and their relationships with other Mesozoic fish from Eastern Australia and other Gondwanan localities.

Supervisor: Professor Stephen Eggins

Associate supervisor: Professor John Long, Flinders University, Adelaide



I am teaching half of the Geobiology unit at ANU (EMSC2019) in 2016.


Bean, L. B. (2006) The leptolepid fish Cavenderichthys talbragarensis (Woodward, 1985) from the Talbragar Fish Bed (Late Jurassic) near Gulgong, New South Wales. Records of the Western Australian Museum: 23 

Turner, S., Bean, L., Dettmannm  M., McKellar, J., McLoughlin, S., & Thulborn, T. (2009) Australian Jurassic sedimentary and fossil successions: current work and future prospects for marine and non-marine correlation. GFF:131

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