Introducing your Ecosystem Science Council

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Australia’s first Ecosystem Science Council has been selected, and is ready to play their role in working with the ecosystem science community to transform the vision of Foundations for the future into reality. Forming the Council is one of the first key actions in implementing Foundations for the future.

The 11 Council members come from a range of disciplines, organisations, professions and locations across Australian ecosystem science. They are:

Prof Alan Andersen, CSIRO Land & Water, NT
Dr Neville Barrett, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, Tas
Dr Emma Burns, Long Term Ecological Research Network, ACT
Prof Jenny Davis, University of Canberra, ACT
Dr Alex Kutt, University of Melbourne, Vic
A/Prof Pauline Mele, La Trobe University, Vic
Dr Steve Morton, Honorary CSIRO Fellow, NT
Prof Stuart Phinn, University of Queensland, QLD
Dr Anita Smyth, TERN Eco-Informatics, SA
A/Prof Torsten Thomas, University of New South Wales, NSW
A/Prof Glenda Wardle, University of Sydney, NSW

The Council will work to advance the goals of Foundations for the future, working with all individuals, groups and organisations within the ecosystem science and management communities. They have four key responsibilities:

facilitating communication and coordination across the ecosystem science community,
coordinating the delivery of activities outlined in Foundations for the future,
seeking resources to support the delivery of activities outlined in Foundations for the future, including the activities of the Council itself and other working groups, and
reviewing and evaluating progress towards the goals of Foundations for the future.

You can read more about the Council’s work here.

The Council were selected through an inclusive process that invited all members of the Australian ecosystem science community to vote. Thanks to everyone who took the opportunity to be involved in this process and gave your endorsement to the Council members.

The Steering Committee will now ‘pass the baton’ to the Council and look forward to putting their efforts behind the strategy and activities that the Council coordinates.

Like its development, implementation of Foundations for the future will be a consultative and collaborative process with many opportunities for people to be involved. Be sure to subscribe for updates to make sure you hear about opportunities as they arise.