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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 2: How can we most effectively use morphology for our mission?

Session 1

27 April 2020 at 3:30:00 am

Gerry Cassis


Morphology obviously has a long history in species delimitation and discovery, but is being challenged now by DNA sequencing as a primary tool in some taxonomic groups. Some taxonomists support morphological-only taxonomy while other support DNA-only taxonomy. This roundtable will consider issues around morphology, including:

  • Why exactly does morphology remain important in this age of genetics and genomics?

  • Are we able to identify any taxonomic groups where we can say that morphology basically doesn't matter?

  • How can we improve the capture, handling and use of morphological (trait) information in the service of our mission?

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Joseph Schubert

Museums Victoria

Mike Bayly

The University of Melbourne

Mike Bayly

The University of Melbourne

Joseph Schubert

Museums Victoria

Ema Corro


Owen Seeman

Queensland Museum

Ashley Field

Queensland Herbarium, Department of Environment and Science

Shirley Sorokin

South Australian Museum

Penelope Mills

The University of Queensland

Caine Barlow

Nik Tatarnic

Western Australian Museum

Mark Harvey

Western Australian Museum

Bevan Buirchell

Western Australian Herbarium

Ben Parslow

South Australian Museum

Jeremy Bruhl

University of New England

Jon Lewis

CSIRO (volunteer)

Beau Picking

The University of Melbourne

Todd McLay

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Braxton Jones

The University of Sydney

Elaine Davison

Curtin University

Jess Marsh

Murdoch University/ SA Museum

Volker Framenau

Murdoch University

Mike Rix

Queensland Museum

Karl Magnacca

Bishop Museum

Matthew Watters

Deakin University

Ethan P. Beaver

South Australian Museum

Nigel Fechner

Queensland Herbarium

Matt Renner

National Herbarium of New South Wales

Pat Hutchings

Australian Museum

Chris Cargill

Australian National Herbarium

Samuel Brown

Plant and Food Research

Francesco Martoni

Agriculture Victoria Research - AgriBio

Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

The University of Adelaide

Ken Walker

Museums Victoria

James Dorey

Flinders University

Leela Maya Rizal

The University of Queensland

Alison Pouliot



Raees Khan

The University of Adelaide

David Juszkiewicz

Curtin University

Rachael King

South Australian Museum

Katharina Nargar

Australian Tropical Herbarium & National Research Collections Australia, CSIRO

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