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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 2

29 April 2020 at 3:30:00 am

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?

36 people have registered for this session

Marco Pellegrini

Independent researcher

Rose Andrew

University of New England

Madalene Giannotta

UofA, ANU, and ANIC

Kit Prendergast

Curtin University

Lisa Kirkendale

Western Australian Museum

Bryan Lessard


Renee Catullo


Ethan Briggs

The University of Queensland

Lizzy Joyce

James Cook University

Sangay Dema

University of New England

Kathy Ebert

The University of Queensland

Bill Barker

State Herbarium of South Australia

Ashley Field

Queensland Herbarium, Department of Environment and Science

Nikolas Johnston

University of Wollongong

Margaret Brookes

The University of Melbourne

Nerida Wilson

Western Australian Museum

Bevan Buirchell

Western Australian Herbarium

Andrew Thornhill

State Herbarium of South Australa/University of Adelaide

Linda Semeraro

Agriculture Victoria

Ben Parslow

South Australian Museum

Duncan Farquhar

Kathryn Hall

Queensland Museum

Graeme Smith

Australian Museum

Matt Shaw

South Australian Museum

Zoe Richards

Curtin University

Cathy Byrne

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Jess Marsh

Murdoch University/ SA Museum

Matthew Watters

Deakin University

Ethan P. Beaver

South Australian Museum

Donald Hobern

International Barcode of Life Consortium

Tom Bridge

Queensland Museum

Martin Brummell

University of New England

Francesco Martoni

Agriculture Victoria Research - AgriBio

Shelley James

Western Australian Herbarium

Raees Khan

The University of Adelaide

David Juszkiewicz

Curtin University

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