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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 7: What can (and should) change in current practice to enable our mission?

Session 1

28 April 2020 at 1:30:00 am

Mark Harvey


Taxonomy has a rich history and tradition. A downside of this is that some practices that may once have been strengths may now be weaknesses. This roundtable will critically examine all aspects of current taxonomic business-as-usual and try to identify those practices that remain valuable and those that we should consider changing to help with this mission. Issues examined will include:

  • Is the traditional taxonomic revision fit-for-purpose for an all-species mission?

  • What publication practices serve us well and which do not?

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Ema Corro


Beau Picking

The University of Melbourne

Sangay Dema

University of New England

Kathy Ebert

The University of Queensland

Kym Abrams

University of Western Australia/ Dept of Water and Environmental Regulation

Bill Barker

State Herbarium of South Australia

Lyn Cook

The University of Queensland

Linda Semeraro

Agriculture Victoria

Jeremy Bruhl

University of New England

Duncan Farquhar

Patrick Fahey

The University of Melbourne

Todd McLay

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Elaine Davison

Curtin University

Matt Shaw

South Australian Museum

Cathy Byrne

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Steve Cooper

South Australian Museum/ The University of Adelaide

Jess Marsh

Murdoch University/ SA Museum

Mike Rix

Queensland Museum

Nicole Gunter

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Karl Magnacca

Bishop Museum

Tom Bridge

Queensland Museum

Nigel Fechner

Queensland Herbarium

Matt Renner

National Herbarium of New South Wales

Mark Harvey

Western Australian Museum

Francesco Martoni

Agriculture Victoria Research - AgriBio

Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

The University of Adelaide

Anna Monro

Centre for Australian Biodiversity Research

James Dorey

Flinders University

David Juszkiewicz

Curtin University

Rachael King

South Australian Museum

Katharina Nargar

Australian Tropical Herbarium & National Research Collections Australia, CSIRO

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