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Donald Hobern

Amateur naturalist with particular interest in moths, especially Pterophoridae and Alucitidae, based in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Currently working as Executive Secretary for the International Barcode of Life ( and International Engagement Officer for Species 2000 ( Until 2019, I was Director of GBIF ( Before that, I was the first Director of the Atlas of Living Australia (

Donald's work profile

Donald works in the following sector(s): University, Collections Institution, Non-government organisation, Personal

Donald's primary institution is: Self-employed

Donald's position is: Consultant

Donald's work in taxonomy 

Donald has the following roles: Identification, Collection Management, Information Management, Editing publishing and reviewing

Donald's skills are in Biodiversity informatics, Bioinformatics, Imaging

Donald works on the taxonomy of Animals, Insects, Lacewings, Lepidoptera, Pterophoridae, Alucitiudae, plume moths, many-plume moths, false plume moths

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Donald is happy to be contacted for the following reasons:

Contact from others in the taxonomy community regarding taxonomy-related issues

Contact from members of the public for advice in areas of expertise (but not for identifications)

Contact from members of the public for identifications in areas of expertise

Contact re potential citizen science projects that could contribute to taxonomic research

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