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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 8: What role can citizen science play in our mission?

Session 1

28 April 2020 at 3:30:00 am

Tom May


Citizen science is increasingly important and popular, for a range of reasons. Many programs use citizen scientists to record aspects of biodiversity, usually observation records and images. But while these have some relevance to taxonomy (by adding new observations for known species, and occasionally serendipitously finding new species), on the whole they are fairly peripheral to taxonomy per se. This roundtable will consider issues around citizen science and taxonomy, including:

  • Can we make better use of citizen science for species discovery, delimitation and documentation, and if so, how?

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Ema Corro


Bevan Buirchell

Western Australian Herbarium

Sangay Dema

University of New England

Bill Barker

State Herbarium of South Australia

Rae Young


Caine Barlow

Margaret Brookes

The University of Melbourne

Bevan Buirchell

Western Australian Herbarium

Jeremy Bruhl

University of New England

Duncan Farquhar

Kathryn Hall

Queensland Museum

Herve Sauquet

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

Beau Picking

The University of Melbourne

Todd McLay

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Elizabeth Sheedy

Cathy Byrne

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Matthew Watters

Deakin University

Alison Pouliot



Donald Hobern

International Barcode of Life Consortium

Nigel Fechner

Queensland Herbarium

Francesco Martoni

Agriculture Victoria Research - AgriBio

Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

The University of Adelaide

Ken Walker

Museums Victoria

Ken Walker

Museums Victoria

James Dorey

Flinders University

Leela Maya Rizal

The University of Queensland

Raees Khan

The University of Adelaide

David Juszkiewicz

Curtin University

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