Dixson Library is at the heart of the UNE campus and provides a venue for changing exhibitions of selections from the University's Collections. It is just a short walk to Booloominbah, the Museum of Anitiquities and UNE's Natural History Museum. UNE Collections displays are also featured at other on- and off-campus venues.

Spanner Crab by Jonathon Clay

Animalia Obscura

Out of the Dark

Level 2, Learning Commons, Dixson Library

Animalia Obscura is an installation of images taken by photographer Jonathon Clay (UNE Lab Technician by day) that shares his response to the rows and rows of preserved specimens tucked away in the UNE Natural History Museum’s collection storeroom.

Clay’s images showcase the weird and wonderful specimens within the collection. Shining a focused beam of light, Clay narrows our gaze to only a handful of creatures amongst the vast array of material held by the University for the academic pursuit of science. Aesthetically, this material offers so much more. Who can resist the deep mysterious appeal of the preserved Spanner Crab Ranina ranina or the distant and contemplative stare of the taxidermied Rhesus Macaque Macaca mullatta? Allow yourself to be drawn into how Clay sees the specimens on the shelf.

Tapeworm Queen by Dr Tommy Leung

Biological Musings

Line drawings with digital manipulations by Dr Tommy Leung

Level 3, Entrance Stairwell Landing and Current Serials Room, Dixson Library

Biological Musings is an exhibition of creative works by UNE Parasitologist and Evolutionary Biologist Dr Tommy Leung. Leung is the Chief Investigator at UNE’s Evolutionary Ecology of Parasitism Lab. He also ‘likes to draw things sometimes’.

Leung’s works are artistic depictions of both real parasitic concepts along-side his vivid imaginings of what might be. He describes his art as ‘creative overspill’. Leung is a regular contributor to the ABC radio’s Creepy but Curious program and his images are used to visually represent the topic of the interview.

About Parasitism: Parasitism is by far the most common way of life on this planet — all types of organisms are infected with parasites of some sort at some stage of their lives, and parasitism has independently evolved multiple times in many different lineages of life. Parasites also play key (but hidden) roles in shaping the ecology and evolution of their hosts as well as how they interact with their environment.


The Microscape

UNE Biomedical teaching slide collection

Level 2, Learning Commons, Dixson Library

Enter the microscopic world our UNE scientists inhabit every day. Our incredibly beautiful microscapes or microscopic landscapes, will take you on a journey. The journey that ingestion of food takes through the body and resulting impact across a spectrum of cells. We follow with the ethereal images of neuron motor cells, the vastness of a transverse spinal cord and the tree-like structures of nerves. Finally we look at other vital systems of the body — with skin, muscle, bone and blood showing where the nutrients from our food goes and the huge contrast between different structures within the body.

Homo Floresiensis

'The Hobbit'

Level 2, Learning Commons, Dixson Library

A tiny, new human species discovered in 2003 at Liang Bua cave on the island of Flores by UNE researchers, their Indonesian counterparts and local Mangarri people. See the sculpture re-creation depicting what the 'Hobbit' might have looked like.