The Research Committee
Professor Pauline Ladiges MSc PhD Dip Ed FAA AO (Chair)
Professor Ladiges is the past Head of the School of Botany, currently a Professorial Fellow, at the University of Melbourne. She has a wide interest in the diversity and evolution of the Australian flora and is best known for her research work on the phylogeny and biogeography of the eucalypts. She has published more than 130 scientific papers, is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and recipient of the Royal Society of Victoria’s Research Medal for 2005. She has co-authored and co-edited three award-winning biology textbooks for Australian secondary and tertiary education.
Associate Professor Andrew Vizard BVSc (Hons) MVPM (Executive Secretary Research Committee)
Andrew Vizard is a Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne and the former Director of the University’s Mackinnon Project, which specialises in agricultural research, education and extension. He is also an experienced company director, having served on the board of numerous listed companies, statutory bodies, and scientific organisations. Andrew is currently Chair of the ASX-listed Apiam Limited, a trustee of the Australian Wool Education Trust and Chair of The Vizard Foundation.
Professor Douglas Hilton BSc (Hons) PhD FAA FTSE AO
Doug is the Director of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Of Medical Research, Head of the Department of Medical Biology at the University Of Melbourne and has an honorary appointment in the Department Of Zoology. His research interests include the use of systems biology to understand molecular regulation of blood cell production and function, identification of new therapeutics for blood cell diseases and the phylogeny of primitive moths, in particular the Heliozelidae. He has a broad interest in many areas of science policy including streamlining the grant application and review process and redressing the gender inequality observed at senior levels of research.
Professor Chris Dickman, BSc, PhD, FRZS
Chris Dickman is Professor in Ecology at the University of Sydney, and Director of the University’s Institute of Wildlife Research. He has long been fascinated with the processes that influence the distributions, abundances and diversity of terrestrial vertebrates, and has written more than 230 scientific papers and book chapters on this topic. Chris is an advocate for best practice in conservation and management, and was Chair of the NSW Scientific Committee for seven years. He is also committed to postgraduate education, and has supervised more than 100 Honours, Masters and PhD students over the last 20 years.
Professor Stephen Sarre BAppSc, MAppSci, PhD
Stephen Sarre is Professor in Wildlife Genetics at the University of Canberra and former Director of the Institute for Applied Ecology. His research is centered on genetic and ecological aspects of wildlife with a focus on sex determination and population genetics. Stephen is committed to the application of science to wildlife management and is involved in several projects of national significance including the program to eradicate foxes in Tasmania. He is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Panel for the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution and led the Education Program for the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre from 2005 – 2012, implementing an innovative training program aimed at preparing postgraduates for life in industry as well as research.
Dr Rick Fletcher, BSc (Hons) PhD
Rick has been the Executive Director of Fisheries and Agriculture Resource Management for the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development since 2017 and is responsible for the assessment and management of WA’s extensive aquatic and terrestrial resources. He has led a number of national initiatives including the development and implementation of risk-based, ‘ecosystem approaches’ for fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Australia which are now being converted for use in managing the vast rangelands areas of WA. He also regularly works with international agencies including the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) to develop practical systems for fisheries management within developing countries and for areas beyond national jurisdiction.
Professor Emeritus Mark Westoby BSc(Hons) PhD FAA FAAAS
ark has been at Macquarie University since 1975. He has been leader of an Australia-NZ Research Network for Vegetation Function and of a Laureate research group. He is now notionally retired and no longer leads a research group. He established (2001-2011) the national 1-day postgrad course in Current Ecology and Evolution, and led Macquarie’s Genes to Geoscience Research Enrichment Program (2007-2016). Personal research has included vegetation dynamics, and differences in ecological strategy across land plants. Currently he is working on ecological strategies across bacteria and archaea.
The Board of Trustees
Mr Paul H Slade
Mr Royden G McKillop
Mr Anthony P Slade
Mr Tony Aveling, Chairman
Accountant and Auditor
Mr Phil Filler