Our Discovery Mission

Our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to discover and document all remaining Australian species of plants, animals, fungi and other organisms ... in a generation.

Part 2 - Presentations

This section comprises six video presentations, each around 20 minutes long, followed by an extended question-and-answer session with the presenter.

Each presenter was asked to imagine and discuss how it may be possible to discover and document all remaining species in their broad taxonomic group. The presenters are a mix of early and late career researchers, across the tree of life, in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. 

 

Please watch all the presentations before going onto the next step. Each sector has its own unique circumstances, and each presenter has important and unique perspectives, but you'll see some common themes emerging  as we seek solutions to the challenge of describing all remaining species in a generation.

And while watching the presentations please start thinking, for the next step, about the following key questions:

  • What support structures, processes and programs do we need to put in place to help you in this mission?

  • What aspects of current practice do we need to keep, and what aspects of current practice do we need to change, in order to achieve a substantial acceleration in species discovery and documentation?

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Erinn Fagan-Jeffries. How will we discover and document the remaining hyperdiverse insects?

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Katharina Nargar. How to describe the remaining Australian plants

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Mark Harvey. How will we discover and document Australia's remaining arachnids and myriapods?

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Tom May. How on earth will we discover and document all of the fungi in Australia

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Zoe Richards. The status of marine invertebrate taxonomy

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Bryan Lessard. How will we discover and document the remaining non-hyperdiverse invertebrates?

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