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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 3: How do we most effectively use DNA sequencing for rapid and robust species delimitation?

Session 2

29 April 2020 at 5:30:00 am

Michelle Waycott


DNA sequencing will clearly play an important role in this mission - indeed, the mission would be impossible without it. Currently, some taxonomists have access to sequencing facilities while others do not, and some are skilled in all aspects of sequencing, bioinformatics and phylogenetics while others are not. This roundtable will consider issues around sequencing, including:

  • How can we ensure that sequencing speeds up, rather than slows down, species discovery and delimitation?

  • Should sequencing and bioinformatics support be more centralised or more dispersed than at present? 

  • Should all taxonomists be trained in every step along the sequencing->bioinfoirmatics->phylogeny->species delimitation pipeline, or should we specialise more?

  • How do we best balance the roles of short, cheap, universal sequences (barcodes) versus longer, more expensive but more informative sequences (up to and including complete genomes)?

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Joanne Birch

The University of Melbourne

Joanne Birch

The University of Melbourne

Gill Brown

Queensland Herbarium

Lalita Simpson

Australian tropical Herbarium

Andrew Young


Kirrily Moore

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Harvey Orel

University of Melbourne

Kym Abrams

University of Western Australia/ Dept of Water and Environmental Regulation

Joanne Birch

The University of Melbourne

Rose Andrew

University of New England

David Gopurenko


Madalene Giannotta

UofA, ANU, and ANIC

Paige Maroni

The University of Western Australia

Heroen Verbruggen

The University of Melbourne

Bryan Lessard


Renee Catullo


Sally South

South Australian Museum

Joanna Sumner

Museums Victoria

Ethan Briggs

The University of Queensland

Corinna Paeper


Lizzy Joyce

James Cook University

Juanita Rodriguez

Australian National Insect Collection

Sangay Dema

University of New England

Kathy Ebert

The University of Queensland

Tulio Campos

The University of Melbourne

Emily Roycroft

The Australian National University

Bill Barker

State Herbarium of South Australia

Hannah McPherson

National Herbarium of NSW

Michelle Guzik

The University of Adelaide

Darren Crayn

James Cook University

Matt Shaw

South Australian Museum

Rachael King

South Australian Museum

Nicole Foster



Rachael Fowler

The University of Melbourne

Laetitia Gunton

Australian Museum

Nikolas Johnston

University of Wollongong

Nerida Wilson

Western Australian Museum

Nik Tatarnic

Western Australian Museum

Bevan Buirchell

Western Australian Herbarium

Andrew Thornhill

State Herbarium of South Australa/University of Adelaide

Jeremy Bruhl

University of New England

Jon Lewis

CSIRO (volunteer)

Cecile Gueidan

Australian National Herbarium

Zoe Richards

Curtin University

Mike Bayly

The University of Melbourne

Cathy Byrne

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Michael Hope

Atlas of Living Australia

Mike Rix

Queensland Museum

Matthew Watters

Deakin University

Ethan P. Beaver

South Australian Museum

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