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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.

How on Earth are we going to do this?


Roundtable 1: What field campaigns are we likely to need to support our mission?

Session 1

26 April 2020 at 11:30:00 pm

Ben Parslow


Many un-named species are already represented in our collections, but others will not be, or still need more specimens. This roundtable will consider issues around field work, including:

  • Do we need to plan a field work campaign as part of this mission, or will field work be conducted on an as-needs basis?

  • What role could there be for the public and citizen science in field collecting?

  • If field work needs to be ramped up, should this happen early or late in the mission?

  • What types of support structures and programs should we build to support field collecting for our mission?

24 people have registered for this session

Ema Corro


Tim Collins

University of New England

Tim Collins

University of New England

Brian Looney

Duke University

Caine Barlow

Ema Corro


Ben Parslow

South Australian Museum

Jeremy Bruhl

University of New England

Duncan Farquhar

Todd McLay

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Braxton Jones

The University of Sydney

Nicole Gunter

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Karl Magnacca

Bishop Museum

Nigel Fechner

Queensland Herbarium

Matt Renner

National Herbarium of New South Wales

Chris Cargill

Australian National Herbarium

Francesco Martoni

Agriculture Victoria Research - AgriBio

Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

The University of Adelaide

Wayne Gebert

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Kate Umbers

Western Sydney University

James Dorey

Flinders University

Tom May

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Leela Maya Rizal

The University of Queensland

Kevin Kocot

University of Alabama

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