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The majority of ACEAS activity is focussed on hosting a program of Working Groups and sabbatical fellows to tackle big science questions. The ACEAS Advisory Panel advises the ACEAS Facility Director on the merit-based procedures for selection of participants and on the applications themselves. This expert panel will comprise up to 10 members of resource managers and scientists, and may include international experts.

The ACEAS Advisory Panel will assist in the identification of proposals and topics for Working Groups based on their: (i) relevance to ACEAS-TERN objectives, (ii) innovation and standard of work proposed, (iii) demonstrated need for the work, (iv) quality and completeness of the team assembled (with attention to inclusion of a postgraduate student or postdoctoral fellow), (v) engagement with the broad ecological community, (vi) likelihood of outcome (paper, report), and (vii) feasibility and completeness of the work program (including budget).

Members of the ACEAS Advisory Panel are nominated according to their expertise, independence, experience in fostering collaborative work, representation of the discipline areas within the broader ecological science and management community, and, in the initial years, members with experience within a similar facility, such as NCEAS, will be desirable. Members are recommended for appointment by the ACEAS Facility Director to the TERN Director and the TERN Board, and membership is for a minimum term of three years. The Panel meets twice a year either physically (at least once in their term, preferably at least once every year) or virtually, with consultation between meetings facilitated through the ACEAS web site.

As we neared the end of the first term, two of our valued members have had to resign: Peter Johnston from the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, and Bill Murdoch, one of the founders of NCEAS. Their contribution to the early development of ACEAS has been most valued and we have been privileged to have their expertise and advice at this critical stage.


The members of the ACEAS Advisory Panel are as follows.

Mr John Carter

Principal Scientist, Climate Impacts and Natural Resource Systems

Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management

ecosystem surveys and change analysis
Prof. Liz Deane

Professor of Strategic Initiatives (Learning and Teaching), University of Western Sydney.

marsupial immunology and development

Prof. Kristine French

Institute for Conservation Biology and Environmental Management

Wollongong University.

President of the Ecological Society of Australia

plant-animal interactions
Prof. Iain Gordon The Chief Executive of the new Hutton Research Institute, Scotland. This has been formed from the merger of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute (MLURI) in Aberdeen, and SCRI, Scotland’s leading crop research centre based at Invergowrie in Perth and Kinross. herbivores in the landscape and implications for development and the environment
John Grace
Prof. John Grace

Professor of Environmental Biology

School of Geosciences, Edinburgh Uni

climate change effects on vegetation
Dr Richard Groves

Division of Plant Industry

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

plant ecology, particularly of weeds
Mr Robert Karfs
Mr Robert Karfs

Agri-Science Queensland

Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry


Science Leader – Beef & Sheep
Animal Science

Prof. Hans Lambers

Winthrop Professor of Plant Biology

University of Western Australia

mineral nutrition and plant water relations in P-deficient landscapes
Dr Mark Schildhauer Director of Computing at the National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California, Santa Barbara. interests in scientific computing, ecoinformatics, collaborative science, and semantic technologies
Dr John Turner

Director, ForSci Pty Ltd

forest soils and plant nutrition

The TERN Associate Science Director, Prof. Stuart Phinn, also sits on the ACEAS Advisory Panel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:45