|Scientific Advisory Board|
Distinguished academics, scientists and specialists are consulted from time to time in conjunction with projects programs and initiatives and some of them have joined the Board. The Advisory Board may assist with selecting and evaluating projects and any proposals, and assess requirement. Present members are listed below including our Honorary Resident Scientist and the Coordinator for the Education school program.
Dr. Peggy Rismiller
(Environmental physiologist and educator)
Senior Researcher, Pelican Lagoon Research and Wildlife Centre, Kangaroo Island
Visiting Research Fellow, Dept. Anatomical Sciences, University of Adelaide
Peggy Rismiller was born in rural Ohio. She received her Masters in Biology from the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany and her PhD in Biology from the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany where she studied native reptiles. Peggy immigrated to Australia in 1988 where she worked with the University of Adelaide as post doctoral assistant studying the black tiger snake, a live-bearing reptile, and the short-beaked echidna, an egg-laying mammal. Her initial work with the echidna revealed that little was known about this unique mammal, and this lead to her current vocation.
Peggy works closely with national and international media, tourism, educational institutions, conservation groups, zoological gardens and the greater community. Her field research is having a positive influence on captive husbandry and has forged links between scientist and community institutions which provide educational material and incentives for environmental responsibility. Her 1999 published book The Echidna, Australia's Enigma will soon be available in four languages.
Dr Donna Windsor
PhD, B.App.Sci (Hons), B.App.Sci (Environmental Science)
Bushcare Support Manager, Greening Australia (Central West)
Donna has 11 years experience in most aspects of the environmental restoration industry, including:- remnant bushland/woodland regeneration; broad acre revegetation; mine site and quarry rehabilitation, seed collection, propagation; research projects, ecological surveys; management plans, development and implementation of revegetation programs; project management and coordination, environmental education and training, farm planning, plant identification, publications.
Mr Boris Branwhite
Earth Science Biologist
Boris is an Environmental Advisor with extensive experience in various aspects of conservation including:- the design and planting of permaculture gardens, construction of access trails to ocean, regeneration of parks from garbage dump, construction of flower farms, seed collection and propagation, construction of two wildlife corridors linking the Murray River to the Razorback Range, Wodonga West; research on medical applications of tropical plants in traditional aboriginal use in the South Pacific Islands; management plans, research projects, ecological assessments, revegetation programs with ongoing research in U.S.A. and Australia; study of reptiles and Australian birds of prey.
Over 20 years experience in the study and research of Terrestrial Orchids; Wildlife Corridor Coordinator, Wadalba; 4th place in Eureka Awards; Environmental Research, for "Orchids in the Heath"; 1998 Australia Day Award by Wyong Council for Contribution to the Environment.
Mr Glen Bann
BSc (Ecology and Geology)
Program Officer, Bushcare Support, Green Corp, Australia
Dr Greg Richards
PhD (Biological Sciences)
Dr Richards is the specialist on bats with several professional affiliations as an advisor and member of Scientific Advisory Boards. He is also a member of the Ecological Society of Australia, the Australasian Wildlife Management Society, the Royal Zoological Society of NSW and is the Founder, Past President and Past Secretary of the Australasian Bat Society.
Firstly employed by the ANU and then for over 27 year by the CSIRO, Division of Wildlife & Ecology, Dr Richards reached the level of Experimental Scientist. His overseas work experience was in several countries in Asia, Americas and Europa. He has also considerable publication and Editorial experience with publications exceeding 150 entries.
Since 1996 Dr Richards has been the Director of Greg Richards & Associates Pty Ltd. The company supplies a range of scientific advice on threatened species issues, the development of survey methodology and statistical analysis of field data. Other activities are in the policy development and in the legal arena.
Dr Arthur White
Dr Arthur White is President of the Frog and Tadpole Study Group of NSW and a Research Associate of the Australian Museum. Dr White has been involved in reptile and frog studies for over thirty years and has written over 50 scientific papers dealing with the taxonomy, ecology and management of herpetofauna. Dr White is also the Director of Biosphere Environmental Consultants Pty Ltd, a company that specialises in studies on Australian native fauna.
Mr Graeme Bradburn
Australasian Native Orchid Society Councillor and Conservation Officer for ANOS Illawarra
Graeme Bradburn has had a long involvement with the Australasian Native Orchid Society Inc, being their internet co-ordinator. He is also the Conservation Officer and President of ANOS Illawarra. His envolvement in orchid conservation includes being a member of the Illawarra Flora Recovery team and has participating in a number of orchid recovery programs for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Miss Nicolette Pidcock
Coordinator of the Oolong Education School Program
Miss Pidcock has a vast amount of research assistance, having completed degrees in Politics/Law with honours in Environmental Law at the ANU. She is currently working full-time for Environment ACT in a policy role in natural resource management and as part of this role, researches and coordinates environmental strategies and management plans.
She has also completed environmental internships with the ACT Legislative Assembly and Parliament House and studied for and recieved a Certificate in Environmental Management.
In addition to the above she currently volunteers with the Environmental Defenders Office and has previously volunteered with Legal Aid and the ACT Migrant Centre.
Mr Stephen Selden
Native Seeds and Plants Professional
Stephen’s background was in the teaching profession before switching to the Environment Sector in 2002 as a volunteer then as a professional. He is very active in Landcare and is a Convenor of the North Belconnen Landcare Group in the ACT. He is also a contributor to ongoing research on grazing and grassland management locally and in Western NSW and QLD. Stephen is a well-equipped professional in the local native seeds and plants industry. He has gained extensive experience in seed collection and handling methods as well as the efficient planting out of native species ranging from trees and shrubs to grasses and forbs. He regularly draws on the knowledge of other professionals as well as providing information and support within the industry and elsewhere. Stephen has also developed a capacity for the economic use of GIS platforms and uses these skills to support environmental initiative frequently.
Dr Meryl McQueen
PhD in sociolinguistics, MPA
Dr Meryl McQueen is a Sydney-based writer and an expert in cross-sector alliances. She has extensive grant writing experience (both in the U.S. and Australia) and has worked in the university, government and community sectors. Collaborating with a range of groups from informal women's networks to international affordable housing advocacy projects, she has written annual reports, promotional material and program documentation. Dr McQueen has also conducted research in ecolinguistics, non-profit management education, co-operatives and social capital. You can read more about her work on language and power between non-profits and business at: http://meryl.mcqueen.googlepages.com/home.
Dr Kath Kovac
BSc (Hons) PhD
Kath Kovac is currently taking extended leave from her full-time job as Editor of The Helix, CSIRO’s science magazine for teenagers, and working part-time as a freelance editor/writer. She has been Editor of The Helix for three years and written many popular science articles in that time. Kath is a member of the Australian Science Communicators, and also has experience in developing and presenting educational science workshops for school students and adults at the ACT CSIRO Science Education Centre and CSIRO Discovery Centre.
Kath’s doctorate research, undertaken at CSIRO Plant Industry and the ANU, was in the area of plant molecular genetics. She has previously volunteered as Secretary and Vice-President of the ACT Women’s Soccer Association and as ACT and National Secretary of WIMA (Women’s International Motorcycle Association).
Honorary Resident Scientists:
Mr Cliff Brock (Resigned owing to ill health)
BSc LittB(Env Mgt) MEnvSc MEIA MAIPM
Dr Tony Saunders (From November 2006)
PhD in honeyeater ecology.
Avifauna audits and advice on bird habitats.
Tony Saunders has been birdscaping gardens for 25 years and teaching birdscaping to community education groups for 8 years. He has been a regular presenter at bird clubs, plant groups, conservation societies, wildlife care groups and variety clubs, as well as University of the Third Age on the subject of attracting wildlife, particularly birds, to gardens.
He also presents seminars to Greening Australia, Local Councils and Bushcare groups on bird survey techniques and managing habitat for birds.
He is Records Officer for the Cumberland Bird Observers' Club (http://www.cboc.org.au/default.html and manages the club's Bird Database for the County, as well as a regional organiser for Sydney and the Blue Mountains, and NSW Facilitator for the National Bird Atlas for Birds Australia. He represents NSW/ACT on the Steering Committee for the National Atlas, is also on the Birds In Back Yards Steering Committee for Birds Australia, and represents Birds Australia on the NSW NPWS Wildlife Issues Advisory Panel.
Tony has spent the last 20 years studying the relationship between birds and their foods, particularly plants.
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