Working groups

The Steering Committee and the Draft Plan Writing Group both played key roles in the development of the Plan. After the release of the Plan, the Transition Reference Group collaboratively developed the Terms of Reference to guide the formation and operations of the Ecosystem Science Council. You can find out more about each of the three working groups below.

 

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee provided direction and coordination for all activities required to develop the Plan, and was made up of the following people:

Prof Stuart Phinn (Chairperson)
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, University of Queensland
Associate Science Director, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)

Assoc Prof Glenda Wardle
School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney

Prof Mark Westoby
Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University
Chair, National Committee for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation

School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia
 
Director, Science and Conservation Division
WA Department of Parks and Wildlife

Prof Kris French
School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong

Prof Andrew Lowe
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide
Associate Science Director, TERN

with support from Project Coordinator Dr Bek Christensen (TERN).

Many thanks to previous Steering Committee members Dr Helen Cleugh (CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research) and Prof Peter Fairweather (Flinders University) for their valuable contributions.

 

Draft Plan Writing Group

This working group were tasked with reviewing the wealth of content generated through surveys, town-hall workshops, and online submissions, and synthesising the key priorities into a succinct and clear plan document.

The group included:

CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
 
School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia
 
School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University
 
Director, Science and Conservation Division
WA Department of Parks and Wildlife
 
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
OzFlux Director
 
Research Institute for Future Environments QUT
(former Chief, CSIRO Computational Informatics)
 
Department of Genetics and Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne
 
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide
Associate Science Director, TERN
 
Director, Integrated Marine Observing System
 
Research School of Biology, Australian National University
 
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science
University of New South Wales
 
Prof Stuart Phinn
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, University of Queensland
Associate Science Director, TERN

Assoc Prof Glenda Wardle
School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney

Prof Mark Westoby
Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University
Chair, National Committee for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
 

Draft Plan Writing Group members at their April 2014 workshop.
Back row L-R: Mike Bull, Adrienne Nicotra, Alan Andersen, Mark Westoby, Bronwyn Harch. Front Row L-R: Stuart Phinn, Margaret Byrne, Glenda Wardle, Tim Moltmann. Absent: Jason Beringer, Bek Christensen, Helen Cleugh, Ary Hoffmann, Andy Lowe, Andy Pitman.

 

Transition Reference Group

The Transition Reference Group was formed to prepare the Terms of Reference for the new Ecosystem Science Council, and to design the process for selecting the Council. This group included members of the ESLTP Steering Committee and 27 other people from across the Australian ecosystem science community:

Sandra Abell, James Cook University (JCU)
Alan Andersen, CSIRO
Alix Baltais, Consultant
Lee Belbin, Consultant
Troy Brown, Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW
Roger Cousens, University of Melbourne
Brad Evans, TERN eMAST
Jennifer Firn, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Grant Hamilton, QUT
Bronwyn Harch, QUT
Alex Held, CSIRO and TERN-AusCover
Simon Jones, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Rod Keenan, University of Melbourne
John la Salle, Atlas of Living Australia
Rebecca Lester, Deakin University
Phil McManus, University of Sydney
Sapphire McMullan-Fisher
Dan Metcalfe, CSIRO
Adrienne Nicotra, Australia National University
Jasmin Packer, University of Adelaide
Ross Peacock, Macquarie University
Raghu Sathyamurthy, CSIRO
Leah Schwartz, University of Sydney
Fran Sheldon, Griffith University
Anita Smyth, TERN Eco-Informatics
Ben Sparrow, TERN AusPlots
Steve Turton, JCU