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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 4: How can we most effectively use phylogenetics for our species discovery mission?

Session 1

28 April 2020 at 5:30:00 am

Michelle Guzik & Darren Crayn


Phylogenetics and species delimitation are becoming more and more closely integrated. Placing specimens of a potentially new species into a phylogeny is a great start in any taxonomic project. However, for this to be maximally effective for an all-species mission such as we envisage, we really need a phylogeny of all known species. This roundtable will consider issues around phylogenetics and species discovery, including:

  • Is a phylogeny that includes all Australian species achievable in the medium term?

  • How would we best go about constructing such a phylogeny?

  • What systems would we need to have in place to manage a comprehensive phylogeny and allow it to be used effectively for species discovery and delimitation?

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Michelle Guzik

The University of Adelaide

Renee Catullo


Corinna Paeper


Ema Corro


Sangay Dema

University of New England

Tulio Campos

The University of Melbourne

Emily Roycroft

The Australian National University

Bill Barker

State Herbarium of South Australia

Rachael King

South Australian Museum

Ashley Field

Queensland Herbarium, Department of Environment and Science

Tim Collins

University of New England

Georgina Binns

Macquarie University

Penelope Mills

The University of Queensland

Lyn Cook

The University of Queensland

Caine Barlow

Bevan Buirchell

Western Australian Herbarium

Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn


Jeremy Bruhl

University of New England

Duncan Farquhar

Herve Sauquet

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

Patrick Fahey

The University of Melbourne

Beau Picking

The University of Melbourne

Todd McLay

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Matt Shaw

South Australian Museum

Peter Cowman

James Cook University

Steve Cooper

South Australian Museum/ The University of Adelaide

Michael Hope

Atlas of Living Australia

Mike Rix

Queensland Museum

Karl Magnacca

Bishop Museum

Matthew Watters

Deakin University

Tom Bridge

Queensland Museum

Nigel Fechner

Queensland Herbarium

Matt Renner

National Herbarium of New South Wales

Francesco Martoni

Agriculture Victoria Research - AgriBio

Gill Brown

Queensland Herbarium

James Dorey

Flinders University

Leela Maya Rizal

The University of Queensland

Raees Khan

The University of Adelaide

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