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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 2

29 April 2020 at 11:30:00 pm

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?

29 people have registered for this session

Marco Pellegrini

Independent researcher

Andy Austin

Biological Sciences, Adelaide University

Barry Fordham

Australian National University

Kit Prendergast

Curtin University

Bryan Lessard


Sally South

South Australian Museum

Ethan Briggs

The University of Queensland

Lizzy Joyce

James Cook University

Juanita Rodriguez

Australian National Insect Collection

Sangay Dema

University of New England

Kathy Ebert

The University of Queensland

Helen Kennedy

University of New England

Bill Barker

State Herbarium of South Australia

Lyn Cook

The University of Queensland

Nikolas Johnston

University of Wollongong

Linda Semeraro

Agriculture Victoria

Duncan Farquhar

Kathryn Hall

Queensland Museum

Herve Sauquet

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

Graeme Smith

Australian Museum

Matt Shaw

South Australian Museum

Zoe Richards

Curtin University

Peter Cowman

James Cook University

Michael Hope

Atlas of Living Australia

Chris Cargill

Australian National Herbarium

Nicole Gunter

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Tom Bridge

Queensland Museum

Francesco Martoni

Agriculture Victoria Research - AgriBio

Lauren Hughes

Natural History Museum London

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