Scientists currently appointed to the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Scientific Advisory Committee
Professor Barbara Evans (Convenor)
Barbara is Professor Emeritus, School of Biosciences, The University of Melbourne and Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Graduate Studies, The University of British Columbia.
Barbara was a comparative physiologist in the Zoology department at The University of Melbourne for several decades where her research encompassed a wide range of vertebrate and invertebrate fauna including fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and echidnas, platypuses, bats and several other native mammals. Her research focused on environmental physiology including cardiovascular and respiratory function, diving behaviour and the endocrinology of stress and of reproduction in native Australian mammals. Barbara is an author and editor of three award-winning Australian Biology textbooks, each now in their 5 th editions. In 1997 Barbara was appointed as Dean of Graduate Studies and then Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Training) at Melbourne before moving to The University of British Columbia in 2011 as Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor of Zoology.
Dr Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson held positions at La Trobe University before moving to Zoology at University of Melbourne in 2005, where she is currently a senior research fellow at the Centre for Environmental Stress and Adaptation Research (CESAR). She has extensive research experience in biological monitoring, biodiversity assessment, and invertebrate conservation and ecology with particular interest in the role of invertebrates as indicators of environmental sustainability and in the control of pest species in agriculture. Dr Thomson is appointed as a member with expertise in the areas of invertebrate fauna in terrestrial environments and potentially threatening processes.
Professor David Cantrill
David is a terrestrial botanist whose research interest is in the evolutionary history of the Southern Hemisphere flora. He has extensive field experience in Antarctica, South America, southern Africa, New Zealand and Australia. He has previously been senior research scientist with the British Antarctic Survey (Cambridge, UK) and senior curator in the Department of Palaeobotany Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. Currently he is Chief Botanist and Director of the National Herbarium of Victoria at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and holds an honorary professorship at the University of Melbourne in the School of Botany. Mr Cantrill is appointed as a member with expertise in the areas of vascular flora or communities of flora in terrestrial environments, and potentially threatening processes.
Dr Rhonda Butcher
Rhonda is an aquatic ecologist specialising in wetland ecology and biodiversity assessment. She has over 20 years experience in the field of aquatic science, with extensive experience in wetland and river ecology, biological monitoring, biodiversity assessment, and invertebrate conservation and ecology. Rhonda is the Principal Consultant of her own consulting business, Water's Edge Consulting, and is a contractor through the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University. Recently she has been involved in describing the ecological character of a number of Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, and providing wetland ecology and management training across Australia. Dr Butcher is appointed as a member with expertise in the areas of aquatic taxa or communities of fauna in inland aquatic environments.
Dr Josephine Milne
Josephine Milne is the Collections Manager at the National Herbarium of Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, where she is responsible for the herbarium specimens in the State Botanical Collection. Josephine's area of expertise is the reproductive biology and ecology of mosses, with a focus on species growing in rainforests. Her current research interests are the taxonomy and ecology of mosses that are characteristic of harsh environments and the documentation of mosses, liverworts and lichens that comprise biological soil crusts in arid and semi-arid regions. She also has an interest in invertebrates that occur amongst mosses and liverworts. Dr Milne is appointed as a member with expertise in the areas of non- vascular flora or communities of flora in terrestrial environments.
Professor Dustin Marshall
Dustin is an Australian Research Fellow and Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University. Dustin is the deputy Editor-in-Chief of the science journal Oikos , editor for Ecology Letters, Evolution and Functional Ecology, and expert reviewer for several other science journals including Science. Professor Marshall is appointed as a member with expertise in the areas of invertebrate fauna, communities of flora and fauna, aquatic taxa and communities of flora and fauna in marine environments and potentially threatening processes.
Dr Mark Norman
Mark is a marine biologist and a specialist on octopuses, squids and cuttlefishes (the 'cephalopods'). His specific research interests include biodiversity, evolutionary origins and relationships, reproductive and defensive behaviours, deep-sea faunas, and adaptations to key habitats and niches. He has over 30 years' experience in wildlife research, biodiversity surveys and science communication. Outside his interests in marine biology, he has also worked extensively in the establishment of marine protected areas, fisheries research, bird and seal ecology, conservation programs, science engagement and advocacy, and development and leadership of large-team terrestrial, freshwater and marine wildlife surveys. For the past seven years, Mark has been Head of Sciences at Museum Victoria, where he has led a large team of researchers, volunteers and postgraduate students across a broad range of science disciplines. Mark is currently on secondment to Parks Victoria in the newly established role of Chief Conservation Scientist, where he is undertaking a review of Parks Victoria's science, conservation and engagement programs.