Dr Anita Smyth Dr Serryn Eagleson Dr Rebecca Pirz Ms Tina Schroeder Dr Andre Zerger
Dr Elisabeth Bui Dr Bradley Evans Dr Ben Roudnew Mr Jeff Tranter  
Ms Claire deLacy Ms Thalie Partridge Dr Peter Scarth Mr Gavin Winter  



Dr Anita Smyth
Visiting Fellow
The University of Adelaide

Anita was the Data Publishing  Manager for TERN’s AEKOS  (an online ecological data resource) before retiring in early 2018. Based at The University of Adelaide,  she  worked on the social and information components of ecological data infrastructure. Social aspects included working with data collectors, users and re-users of ecosystem data to develop community-wide research data partnerships, ethical national data policies and efficient, easy-to-use data resources that help the ecosystem data community keep pace with new technology. She applied expertise in scientific and government workflows for data collection of biodiversity and biota-environment interaction data collection,  its analysis and synthesis using scientific  method and data-intensive approaches. Anita is passionate about building nationally FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable), 'easy to use' data resources for research professionals who use both scientific method and data-intensive approaches for understanding ecosystem and related environmental change. She now applies this expertise and skills full-time in the Ecosystem Science Coucil.

Dr Elisabeth Bui
Environmental Scientist
CSIRO Land and Water

Elisabeth Bui is an environmental scientist who looks for and finds ways to make the most of existing data to understand landscape and ecosystem function, and manage Australian ecosystems sustainably into the future. She led the research that produced the first national maps of soil properties for the National Land and Water Resources Audit in 2001 and has worked ever since to show how they can be integrated with other national datasets such as the National Vegetation Information Survey, the Atlas of Living Australia, plant phylogenies, and the National Geochemical Survey of Australia to get insight into ecosystem functions such as carbon storage and biogeochemical cycling. Currently she leads a USGS-funded Powell Centre Working Group that brings together biologists and geoscientists to evaluate the evolution of stress tolerance and adaptation to extreme environments in plants, using public databases and a “big data” approach rather than laboratory experimentation. She is co-author of the “Land” chapter of the 2016 State of Environment.

Ms Claire deLacey
Research Data Specialist
formerly TERN (LTERN), Fenner School, Australian National University

Claire currently works as a Research Data Specialist with TERN’s Long Term Ecological Research Network at the Fenner School of Environment & Society, College of Medicine, Biology & Environment, at The Australian National University. Her role primarily involves critically evaluating research data, interpreting statistical methods (such as sample design and sampling methods), and developing and managing relevant metadata. The position utilises a combination of fieldwork experience, a sound understanding of data and metadata, as well as a solid understanding of sampling design, the application of statistical research methods and the capacity to critically evaluate data from the biophysical and biological sciences to facilitate contemporary data publication methods. She is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (MEIANZ). Subsequent to her role in consulting, she worked for the Environmental Resource Information Network (ERIN), Commonwealth Department of the Environment.  In this role, Claire assisted several groups including the Water, Vegetation and Biodiversity Teams. Claire has also worked for the Bureau of Meteorology, on a collaboration tasked with developing prototype environmental accounts using spatial data.  Claire is an ecologist, and has an established technical background.

Dr Serryn Eagleson
Data, Business and Applications Manager
AURIN, The University of Melbourne

Serryn is the Manager of Data, Business and Analytics at the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Eagleson completed a PhD in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the design of administrative boundaries at the University of Melbourne in 2003. This research contributed to changing in the allocation of administrative boundaries across Australia and in recognition for her work Dr Eagleson was awarded a prestigious Victorian Fellowship. Dr Eagleson completed her post-doctoral research at Curtin University, Western Australia in applying spatial analysis to bio-surveillance for the automated detection of disease outbreaks.  In addition to academic qualifications Dr Eagleson has over 15 years of applied experience in spatial modelling and applying this expertise to inform urban planning for local and state governments, this work includes developing the spatial model of the Transforming Australian Cities project which was awarded the 2009 National Urban Design Award and as an invited Expert Witness for the Victorian Planning Panel.

Dr Bradley Evans
Senior Lecturer (Big Environmental Data and Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions)
The University of Sydney

Bradley is a Senior Lecturer in Big Environmental Data and Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions, Department of Environmental Sciences and is experienced in regional climate modelling of land surface parameters and the use of terrestrial micro-meteorological observations and field spectroscopy. Bradley has statistically and spatially analysed (modelled and observed) observations of wind, soil moisture, temperature, humidity and precipitation. Bradley has used regional climate models down to a scale of 1km for over 100 years (hindcast) and developed post-processing systems to extract and perform GIS analysis on these data. Bradley has applied statistical decomposition analysis and other methods to detecting spatial and temporal correlations between disturbance events and time series data. Bradley has developed infrastructure for the acquisition, formatting and analysis of national (i.e. Australia and New Zealand) and global remote sensing and climatology datasets. Bradley contributes to a number of international open-source initiatives actively improving and sharing methodologies and tools for processing large scientific datasets.

Ms Thalie Partridge
Land Resource Information Officer
Central Land Council

Thalie is a cross-cultural ecologist and trainer, leading land resource data collection programs for the Central Land Council, supporting Aboriginal people across 776,569km2 of Aboriginal freehold land in Central Australia. A key priority is helping traditional owners and land managers to engage with data resources both to recognise their knowledge and skills and to improve on-ground management of country. She works with Aboriginal rangers to collect, manage and utilise data on ecosystems and threatened species and coordinates the CLC Digital Knowledge Ranger Group. Thalie is working on ways to improve data quality and management within the organisation including development of data collection apps (e.g., CyberTracker ™), improved metadata and data sharing practices. She is currently managing a cross-jurisdictional project for the Indigenous Desert Alliance to develop an animal tracks app with the Atlas of Living Australia, supporting use of traditional tracking skills. Previously Thalie has worked with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, acting as the business user manager during the development of the NSW 'Saving our Species' database. She has also worked as threatened species officer for Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Management (SA) and has a PhD in Biology, examining fire and biodiversity in the Kimberley region WA.
Dr Rebecca Pirzl
Team Leader
Atlas of Living Australia, CSIRO

Rebecca leads the ecological science and Indigenous ecological knowledge programs of the Atlas of Living Australia at CSIRO, where she coordinates cross-disciplinary teams working on digital transformation initiatives for biodiversity-related information. Collaboration with TERN's AEKOS to advance infrastructure for ecological science is a key component of this work. A further central element is investigating how national infrastructure for biodiversity information may support and reflect Indigenous knowledge and knowledge systems. Rebecca has also worked closely with museums and herbaria on infrastructure needs for collections-based research. As an ecologist with expertise in spatial ecology and habitat selection modelling, Rebecca has experience in collection and management of a variety of species and environment data, and has driven cooperative national and Australasian initiatives for sharing long-term data. She was previously managing director of a private sector firm conducting work at the science-management interface for major public and private sector funders, and has worked for the Australian Government in national and international wildlife policy, and protected area joint-management.

Dr Ben Roudnew
Senior Strategic Intelligence Analyst
Office of Compliance
Department of the Environment and Energy

Ben works as a strategic intelligence analyst in the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy’s Office of Compliance. As part of this role Ben gathers, analyses and interprets data from multiple sources to identify future developments, patterns, threats, risk, and opportunities. Ben has a PhD in microbial hydrogeology, which involved utilising flow cytometry and metagenomics to investigate the abundance and diversity of bacterial and viral communities in groundwater systems.

Dr Peter Scarth
Senior Research Scientist at Remote Sensing Research Centre
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management
The University of Queensland

Peter works with a cross disciplinary team at the Joint Remote Sensing Research Centre (JRSRP) to develop rigorous data management systems and validated mathematical models that measure and map both major and more subtle changes in Australia's vegetation using large earth observation data sets and vegetation survey field data systems. By building demonstrated value on our collective ecosystem data and engaging with stakeholders across academia, government and industry we aim to maintain and extend our data holdings and build "long science" to address wicked problems in the land management space. Peter also works within TERN/Auscover to democratise management and access to spatial data and promote uptake of products by researchers, policy and the public. As an application developer he has a particular interest in delivering difficult to use data in a ways that tell compelling stories.

Ms Tina Schroeder
PhD Candidate, Murdoch University, Perth,
Ecological Data Analyst (casual)
TERN Eco-informatics (School of Biological Sciences)
The University of Adelaide

Tina is a PhD candidate at Murdoch University in Perth, WA. Her PhD project investigates if ecosystem restoration activities such as tree planting, facilitate the recovery of ecosystem functions and biodiversity. She is supervised by Dr Rachel Standish, Dr Suzanne Prober and Prof Richard Hobbs. Tina also works as a Data Analyst for TERN's Eco-informatics group on a casual basis. As part of this role, she models existing ecological data for publication in the AEKOS data-portal. This includes the review and development of the ecological ontology, data management of large dataset including the Q&A process and extensive methodological description of the data collection process. In addition, she has several years of experience in marine and terrestrial survey based data collection as part of research and citizen science projects as well as environmental management obligations (mining sector). She is particularly interested in improving the data collection, management and publication process for not - for profit and citizen science projects because many long-term ecological datasets remain unrecognised due to the lack of funds and appropriate data capture systems. Tina currently lives with her husband at the Bush Heritage Australia owned Eurardy Reserve in Western Australia.

Mr Jeff Tranter
Environmental Data Consultant  (formerly Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy)

Jeff currently participates in a number Essentrial Environmental Measures for Australia working groups. He previously managed the data infrastructure component of the Department of the Environment’s Essential Environmental Measures for Australia programme and also in this role prepared for the Department and the Australian Government Environmental Information Advisory Group a set of "National Principles for Environmental Information". For a number of years he managed the departmental database of some 35 million species observation records from across Australia and a team of modellers developing species distribution models for 1800 nationally threatened species. In the dim past he spent 12 years monitoring island populations of tropical seabirds and the impact on them of mining and harvesting.

Mr Gavin Winter
Manager of the Visualisation and eResearch
Institute for Future Environments
Queensland University of Technology

Gavin was the Project Manager for The Cube during its design, engineering, and implementation and maintains a key role in the strategic planning of The Cube and QUT’s on-going technology research and development initiatives. He has over 16 years industry experience and consults regularly to organisations and companies seeking to apply new technologies in management and operations and is a regular speaker at industry forums and trade events.  Gavin has extensive and varied experience in the design and implementation of technology projects, working in university, commercial research, telecommunications, resources, property, and computer entertainment sectors.

Dr Andre Zerger
Manager of Data Services, Data and Digital Group
Bureau of Meteorology

Andre is Manager, Data Services within the Data and Digital Group in the Bureau of Meteorology. Andre directs the National Environmental Information Infrastructure Programme and the Bureau's data management responsibilities with regard to the water information program. These activities involve establishing strategic partnerships with national stakeholders including major players in the national environmental information space including commonwealth agencies, NCRIS facilities, NESP hubs and the research sector.  Prior to this Andre was a research scientist and team leader with CSIRO  Ecosystem Sciences. His research focussed on the development of novel environmental informatics solutions including sensor networks, spatial modelling and remote sensing for achieving improved natural resource management outcomes.