BIOLOGUE - the Australian Biological Resources Study newsletter

Jim Croft jrc at ANBG.GOV.AU
Sat Feb 20 11:14:41 CST 1993

This message contains the text of the Australian Biolgical Resourses
Newsletter 'Biologue'.  It is available from the Australian National
Botanic Gardens gopher ( port 70) under the ABRS directory.
It will shortly be made available as a postscript file and both the text
and postscript files will be made available on this gopher, the taxacom
FTP server at, the Harvard Biodiversity Gopher
( 70) and the Australian National University Biodiversity
Gopher ( 70).  It is the intention of ABRS that all
future 'Biologues' and newsletters will be distributed electronically as
well as on paper.

'Biologue' contains news of the Flora and Fauna of Australia Program and
staff, current preferred objectives for taxonomic and systematic research,
details of grant applications, and a summary of current research grants.

The ABRS Flora and Fauna sections are internally fully networked but are
not yet connected to the Internet; connection will be established in the
near future.  In the meantime, email can be sent to jrc at with
the target person clearly indicated or with contacts:

    Helen Hewson    Director, Flora of Australia

    Jean Just       Director, Fauna of Australia

    B I O L O G U E


    GPO BOX 636
    Canberra, ACT 2601
    Telephone: General Enquiries: (06) 2509554
    Fax: (06) 2509448

    Biologue, No. 13
    February 1993


    An annual newsletter prepared by ABRS to inform members of the ABRS
    Participatory Program, and others interested in the Program, of
    matters relevant to it.


    ABRS staff wishes you a happy, healthy and productive New Year.

    Yet another exciting year has come to an end as ABRS moves towards
    its twentieth anniversary.  The Australian Biological Resources Study
    (ABRS) was initiated by the Commonwealth Government in 1973 to
    address the inadequate record in Australian biodiversity (flora and
    fauna) studies. Since then, ABRS has had continued support from
    successive governments -  albeit not generally at a funding level
    commensurate with the original vision and the magnitude of the task
    of its charter.

    The publication program began in 1981.   Since then 13 volumes of the
    Flora of Australia, 1 volume (2 parts) of the Fauna of Australia, 9
    volumes of the Zoological Catalogue of Australia, 15 numbers of the
    Australian Flora and Fauna Series and 1 number of Kowari have been
    published, thus averaging a publication rate of more than 3 books a
    year.   The Participatory Program granting scheme has resulted in an
    estimated 900 scientific articles and books.


    A restructuring of Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service
    early in 1992 saw the creation of five Directorates, each headed by
    an Executive Director.   The Directorates are:

              ERIN Unit & Corporate Development
              Landscape, Marine & Wildlife Conservation
              Protected Areas North & West
              Protected Areas South & East

    ABRS is now part of the Biodiversity Directorate together with the
    Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) and the Endangered Species
    Program (ESP).   The Directorate is headed by Dr David Kay who
    performs the functions of Director, ABRS and Director, ANBG.

    Contact numbers in ABRS are:

    Executive Director (Biodiversity)      Dr David Kay       (06) 2509500
    Director, Flora                        Dr Helen Hewson    (06) 2509443
    Executive Editor, Flora of Australia   Dr Tony Orchard    (06) 2509442
    Director, Fauna                        Dr Jean Just       (06) 2509430
    Series Manager, Fauna of Australia     Dr Graham Ross     (06) 2509435
    Series Manager, Zoological Catalogue   Dr Keith Houston   (06) 2509436
    Participatory Program Administration   vacant             (06) 2509554/556


    In mid 1992 Professor David Green, Chief Science Adviser, DASET,
    reported on his review of the ABRS program announced in BIOLOGUE No
    12. The report presents a summary of ABRS' history and changes in
    policies reflecting the necessity of adjusting to changing resources
    and environmental issues. The report summarises further and presents
    excerpts from the 86 submissions received, including a number from
    overseas researchers and institutions. The report discusses ABRS'
    policies and achievements on this basis.  The report is available
    from museum and herbarium libraries as well as from zoology/botany
    departments in universities across Australia.

    ABRS is profoundly grateful to all those who have taken the trouble
    of preparing submissions to the review. While it is gratifying that
    the overwhelming consensus among 'owners' of the ABRS program is very
    positive, the constructive criticism expressed in a number of
    submissions, especially with regard to communication of committee
    policies, are equally appreciated.

    Summary of the 13 recommendations
    (R1) "That ABRS be commended on the quality of organisation and
    products achieved in research and documentation of Australia's Flora
    and Fauna and that continued Government support be assured, including
    continued base level funding at the 1992/93 real terms level."

    (R2) "That ABRS be recognised as a key component in national
    strategies for conservation of biodiversity and ecologically
    sustainable development."

    (R8) "That ABRSAC (Advisory Committee) examine its granting process
    with a view to a greater element of strategic planning to enhance
    recruitment and training of young taxonomists by suitable

    Recommendations 3 to 7 deal with matters relating to co-ordination
    with other programs, strengthening of relations between ABRS
    committees, and continued reviewing of the ABRS program.

    It is further recommended (R9) that ABRS review its allocation of
    resources to data-base management and maintenance, in particular with
    reference to the Zoological Catalogue and options for its future
    publication; (R10) that allocation to ABRS of potentially new funds
    under the umbrella of a National Strategy for Conservation of
    Biodiversity be considered; and (R11) that ABRS examine its grant
    administration in order to better record publications resulting from

    Recommendations 12 and 13 deal with administrative matters on annual
    reporting and accommodation.

    The following comments and conclusion in the report may be of
    immediate interest:
    "The general tone of the submissions was very positive about the
    program and its accomplishments. Submissions from international
    sources were fulsome in their envy of the publication program and
    praise of Australia for dedicating resources to documenting its flora
    and fauna as a national program."

    "The submissions consistently and unequivocally affirm that ABRS has
    attempted to meet the aims and objectives set by Government and there
    is almost uniform agreement that the priorities and methods adopted
    by ABRS have been correct and appropriate."

    "The submissions provided a strong consensus that the aims and
    objectives of ABRS, as originally formulated and as they have evolved
    with time and events, continue to be relevant" and "...indeed time
    and events have served to increase their relevance."

    "There is a need for ABRSAC to improve the openness and accountability
    of the selection of 'preferred objectives' and 'grant allocation' making
    clear the interplay of 'merit-based' assessment and 'targeted' support
    based on a publication program" and "a greater clarity and openness is
    required in the determination of preferred objectives by the ABRSAC and
    the relationship of the advice tendered by the Editorial Committees."

    The last issue will be dealt with in more detail below.


    The ABRS Advisory Committee is appointed by the Portfolio Minister to
    advise on priorities for the Study and to recommend the award of
    grants.  The Committee consists of a Chairman and five ordinary members
    appointed for a period of three years.  Members are selected to
    represent Australia-wide interests in taxonomy and distribution of
    flora and fauna.  Also on the committee are three ex officio members:
    the CEO Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, a member
    nominated by the executive of CSIRO, and the Director ABRS (executive
    officer).  The head of ABRS Program Administration serves as Secretary
    of the of the Committee.  Editorial Committee Chairpersons and the
    Directors Flora and Fauna attend meetings as observers.

    The Advisory Committee meets twice a year, in August (grant
    recommendations) and November/December (Preferred Objectives and
    policy matters).

    The composition of the Committee as at the November 1992 meeting was
    as follows:


    Dr H G Cogger   Deputy Director, Australian Museum, Sydney


    Professor D J Anderson  Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Sydney,
    Professor T C Chambers  Director, Royal Botanic Gardens and National
                            Herbarium of New South Wales, Sydney
    Dr P Mather             Queensland Museum, Brisbane
    Dr T R New              Department of Zoology, LaTrobe University,
    Professor W D  Williams Department of Zoology, University of
                            Adelaide, Adelaide
    Dr B Barlow (ex officio) Assistant Chief, Division of Plant
                            Industry, CSIRO, Canberra
    Dr P Bridgewater (ex officio) Chief Executive Officer, Australian
                            National Parks and Wildlife Service, Canberra
    Dr D Kay (executive officer) Executive Director (Director, ABRS),

    Secretary               vacant

    The Publication Program is supported by a Flora Editorial Committee
    and a Fauna Editorial Committee each with a Chairman and six members
    appointed by the CEO (ANPWS) for a period of three years. The
    committees advise the CEO on matters relating to the publication
    programs and recommend Preferred Objectives for the Advisory
    Committee's consideration.

    Flora Editorial Committee
    Dr Barbara Briggs and Mr Paul Wilson have retired from the Committee,
    both having served on it since its inception in 1980.   Both were
    also on the precursor to the Flora Editorial Committee, the Flora
    Study Group, which was formed in 1979.   They have generously
    provided sound and enthusiastic support for the Flora of Australia
    and for ABRS and its aims and objectives.


    Dr J H Ross                     Head of Herbarium, National Herbarium
    of Victoria, Melbourne


    Dr G P Guymer              Head of Herbarium, Queensland
                               Herbarium, Brisbane
    Dr J G West                Head of Herbarium, Australian
                               National Herbarium, Canberra
    Dr R J Chinnock            Botanist, State Herbarium of South
                               Australia, Adelaide
    Dr G A M Scott             Visiting Botanist, University of
                               Melbourne, Melbourne
    -                          vacant
    -                          vacant
    Dr H J Hewson (ex officio) Director, Flora, ABRS, Canberra


    Dr A E Orchard             Executive Editor, Flora of Australia,
                               ABRS, Canberra

    Fauna Editorial Committee
    After having chaired the Fauna Editorial Committee since its
    inception in 1983 Professor W (Bill) D Williams stepped down at the
    end of 1992. Throughout his chairmanship Bill has been a staunch
    supporter of ABRS and its Fauna staff. ABRS thanks Professor Williams
    for his significant contribution to the program and the development
    of the concepts for Fauna of Australia and the Zoological Catalogue
    of Australia.

    Chairman                vacant


    Dr I Beveridge          School of Veterinary Sciences, University of
                            Melbourne, Werribee
    Dr S J J F Davies       Mt Helena, Western Australia
    Dr P Hutchings          Australian Museum, Sydney
    Prof B G M Jamieson     Department of Zoology, University of
                            Queensland, Brisbane
    Prof R E Jones          Department of Zoology, James Cook University,
    Dr E S Nielsen          CSIRO Division of Entomology (ANIC), Canberra
    Dr J Just (ex officio)  Director, Fauna, ABRS, Canberra

    Executive officers

    Dr G B J Ross           Series Manager, Fauna of Australia, ABRS,
    Dr W W K Houston        Series Manager, Zoological Catalogue of
                            Australia ABRS, Canberra


    In 1978 the ABRS grant program became known as the Participatory
    Program. In accordance with the program objectives and reflecting the
    limited resources available the program is largely targeted through
    what has become known as the Preferred Objectives. Within these
    necessary constraints the program is competitive on the basis of
    merit, with applications subject to external peer assessment. The
    program is open for application from any member of the scientific
    community, professional or amateur, in Australia or overseas.

    Funds are provided for taxonomic/systematic research projects for up
    to 3 years duration (subject to application for renewal each year) as
    well as for manuscript contributions to the Flora of Australia and
    the Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Funding is on a calendar year
    basis with a closing date for applications (initial funding and
    renewal) on 10 April each year. The list of Preferred Objectives is
    publicised in the national newspaper 'The Weekend Australian' and in
    Biologue in late January/early February.

    Program Funding
    In this year of ABRS's 20th Anniversary it is appropriate to look
    back briefly on the grant funding provided by successive governments.
    By the end of 1991, i.e. over a period of 18 years, a total of ca. 11
    million dollars had been provided in grants. In the early days a
    considerable amount of money was given to regional surveys and for
    implementation of collection databasing.

    At the end of this period it had become evident that the funding
    level was incommensurate with the immense task of describing and
    documenting Australia's plants and animals. With the rapidly growing
    understanding of the importance of underpinning ecological
    sustainability with an adequate taxonomic knowledge base, and in
    recognition of ABRS' key role in promoting taxonomy and coordinating
    and supporting the inventory of Australia's biological diversity, the
    Government provided a substantial increase in funding over a two year
    period (1991/92: 1 million over the 90/91 level, and 1992/93: 1.4
    million over the 90/91 level). With this increase ABRS has now
    provided ca. 15 million dollars in grants over the past 20 years.

    The recent increase allowed the Advisory Committee to both double the
    number of new projects started in 1992 (with a success rate of 50%)
    compared to previous years and bring new momentum to the publication
    program. That fewer new projects were started in 1993 (success rate
    25%) reflects the commitment to renew the projects commenced in

    The then Prime Minister's 1989 Aspendale Statement on the Environment
    which provided the extra money for ABRS did not address the funding
    for ABRS beyond the current financial year. Without a renewed
    commitment from the Government to ensure that current progress could
    be sustained, ABRS would have automatically returned to the 1990/91
    funding level.

    The Prime Minister, The Hon. P J Keating, MP, in his recent Adelaide
    Statement on the Environment allayed this fear by announcing a boost
    to ABRS of 1 million dollars per year over the next three years.
    However, since this most welcome commitment relates to the 1990/91
    level, the total funding for ABRS over the next three years
    unfortunately represents a reduction of approximately 525,000 dollars
    per year compared to the 1992/93 level. With the Advisory Committee's
    heavy commitment to renew current grants in 1994 and 1995, a
    significant reduction in the number of new projects which can be
    started in the coming years is inevitable.

    The Process of Selecting Preferred Objectives
    Preferred Objectives are decided by the Advisory Committee each year
    in November/December based on recommendations from the Fauna and
    Flora Editorial Committees which meet in September/October.

    This link reflects the Advisory Committee's responsibility to ensure
    that adequate information is available for the publication program
    through the provision of grants for research and writing. As a result
    of this approach, research has been initiated and Australian
    expertise developed on many poorly known groups which might otherwise
    not have received attention.

    Once selected, Preferred Objectives will as a general rule be kept on
    the list for up to three years if not funded before. Taxa removed
    from the list may be reconsidered at a later date.

    Criteria for Selecting Preferred Objectives
    The Advisory Committee's criteria for selecting Preferred Objectives
    are under regular review to take account of program funds available,
    results achieved, and emerging national priorities in areas relying
    on information developed through the ABRS.

    Within the overall aim of supporting the documentation of Australia's
    biological diversity, these criteria were again reviewed by the three
    committees in 1992 resulting in the following new formulation:

    "In selecting Preferred Objectives the following criteria are

    *       the need to support the publication of the Flora of
            Australia, the Fauna of Australia and the Zoological Catalogue
            of Australia and in this connection those groups where
            taxonomic knowledge remains limited; and,
    *       the need to support basic taxonomic research on groups
            contributing significantly to Australia's biodiversity and the
            sustainability of ecological systems which:
            .       play a key role in significant ecosystems;
            .       have high conservation status (for example, relicts of
                    once dominant taxa; contain rare or threatened
            .       are of economic significance in primary industry (for
                    example, beneficial or pest species) or medicine (for
                    example, vectors or parasites);
            .       provide crucial insights to the understanding of the
                    world's flora and fauna.

    The intent is primarily to support rigorous taxonomic treatment at
    species level as well as work contributing to regional generic and
    other higher taxon reviews, including the development of
    identification tools.  Consistent with the original aims and vision
    of ABRS, the need to provide a sound biosystematic foundation for
    ecological research is also recognised.  Within this context three
    habitats, wetlands (including coastal marine zones), soils (including
    litter), and forests are identified as particularly important."

    Submissions From the Scientific Community
    In deciding on Preferred Objectives the committees rely strongly on
    input from the following sources: recommendations from ABRS sponsored
    workshops on priorities within particular groups; information from
    the Executive Editors of the three main series on publication program
    requirements over the next decade; and - for the fauna program -
    submissions from individual/groups of scientists.

    The mechanism by which individual/groups of scientists may submit
    proposals for listing of fauna related Preferred Objectives has been
    perhaps the least transparent aspect of the process. At its most
    recent meeting the Advisory Committee adopted the following procedure
    in order to promote and ensure equitability in the interaction
    between ABRS and the scientific community:

    *       Anyone who so wishes (individual scientist, group or society)
            may prepare submissions to ABRS recommending taxa for
            Preferred Objective listing.
    *       Submissions should be brief (no more than two page) and
            attuned to the Advisory Committee's 'Criteria for Selecting
            Preferred Objectives', recommendations from recent ABRS
            sponsored workshops where appropriate, as well as requirements
            for the publication program.
    *       All submissions will be considered by the Fauna Editorial
            Committee and the Advisory Committee at their next meetings.

    Submissions should be with the Director, Fauna, no later than 1
    September each year.

    Applying For Support
    The Advisory Committee is aware that the necessary targeting of the
    program through the Preferred Objectives places restrictions on the
    scientific community. The Committee is prepared to consider
    outstanding applications outside the Preferred Objectives in the
    light of its 'Criteria for Selecting Preferred Objectives'. This
    includes projects where expertise on a particular group or the
    opportunity to undertake collaborative field work is available for a
    limited period of time only (one-off opportunities). If the Committee
    decides applications outside the Preferred Objectives warrant special
    consideration these will compete on merit with applications within
    the Preferred Objectives.

    In order to facilitate assessment of applications (inside or outside
    Preferred Objectives) it is important that the aims and expected
    outcomes of the project are clearly stated and reflect Criteria for
    Selecting Preferred Objectives, and that background information, work
    plans for the duration of the project, research methods and budget
    issues are addressed adequately in accordance with the Notes on the
    Preparation of Application Form.

    Anyone from Australia or overseas, whether professional or amateur,
    is eligible to apply for an ABRS grant.

    Recruitment and Training of Young Taxonomists
    In the light of Professor Green's Review Report the Advisory
    Committee has reaffirmed its intention to strengthen the taxonomic
    effort in Australia through support for young taxonomists.

    The Committee will continue to provide grants for post-doctoral
    fellowships. Post-doctoral applicants may apply as principal

    The Committee recognises that a number of young workers participate
    in ABRS funded projects as technical or research assistants. The
    Committee wishes to encourage the participation of students at
    honours and post-graduate levels. Honours and post-graduate students
    should not apply as principal investigators, but the Committee may
    provide stipends where such students are supervised by an experienced
    taxonomist (eg, joint supervision with external institution where
    relevant taxonomic expertise is not available in university
    department) in recognition that such involvement in a Participatory
    Program project provides substantial training and a faster route to
    higher degrees than technical or research assistance positions.

    The Committee encourages potential applicants to assess their
    personnel assistance needs in the light of the above guide lines.

    Length of Projects
    When preparing applications for ABRS grants, applicants should note
    the following Advisory Committee guidelines adopted at its recent

    "While the Australian Biological Resources Study is prepared to
    provide support for projects of up to 3 years duration, applications
    for shorter projects are also encouraged".

    Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Director Flora or
    Fauna or the relevant Executive Editor/Series Manager to discuss
    appropriate time scales, in particular as these relate to the
    schedule for forthcoming volumes.

    New Application Forms
    The separate forms used previously for Fauna, Flora and Catalogue
    applications have been consolidated into two forms: one for
    application for Initial support and one for Renewal in accordance
    with the initial offer. Henceforth all applications must be submitted
    on one of these two forms. New Notes on the Preparation of
    Application Form have also been prepared.

    Application forms are available from the ABRS grant administration
    office and from institutional research grant offices. Grantees within
    Australia are responsible for obtaining Renewal forms, while such
    forms will be automatically sent to overseas grantees.

    All Initial applications for more than $5000/year are sent to at
    least two external assessors, with the exception of those deemed
    irrelevant to the aims and objectives of ABRS. In order to ensure the
    broadest possible base of assessment, the Committee frequently
    approaches overseas experts.
    Assessors' reports are provided on special forms, and assessors are
    requested to address the following issues:

    .       importance of contribution to scientific knowledge,
    .       evidence that the applicant(s) can adequately carry out the
            project, including cases where applicants propose to expand
            into areas where they are relatively inexperienced,
    .       project planning, clarity of goal definition, satisfactory
            indication of how results will be disseminated,
    .       budget and time scales, including whether the project could
            be accomplished with less resources,
    .       other comments.

    Assessors are requested to provide an overall assessment in terms of

    .       Excellent   - (MAJOR contribution to taxonomy/biogeography
                          in Australia),
    .       Good        - (SOME contribution),
    .       Good in part/Not worth funding - (DOUBT exists as to the
                          QUALITY of the whole project).

    Applicants are requested to provide names of potential assessors (see
    application form). Applicants may indicate persons whom they do not
    wish the Committee to approach for assessment.

    In the past ABRS has provided, on request from applicants, comments
    from assessors' reports which could be of assistance to them in
    formulating future applications. The Advisory Committee has now
    decided that assessors' reports will be made available in toto to
    applicants on request.

    Grantees seeking renewal are required to provide a progress statement
    and justification for changes in project direction, work plans or
    budget (as per Renewal form).

    Six months after the end of the project, grantees are required to
    forward a Final Report to ABRS. In order to help the ABRS secretariat
    prepare statistical information for the Advisory Committee's
    consideration a questionnaire is currently being developed which will
    form part of the final reporting. The questionnaire will apply to all
    new grants commencing in 1994 and to all current projects.

    PREFERRED OBJECTIVES FOR 1993 (1994 funding)

    Applications for support are invited for projects relevant to the
    current ABRS publication programs and must be received by 10 April
    1993. Further information may be obtained from Dr Helen Hewson (06)
    2509443 for flora projects and from Dr Jean Just (06) 2509430 for
    fauna projects.  Applications must be submitted on appropriate
    forms which are available from: Ms Belinda Goddard, Participatory
    Program Administration, ABRS, GPO Box 636, Canberra, ACT 2601, phone
    (06) 25095544/556.  Please note that application forms have been
    redrafted - all old forms must be discarded and the new forms used.

    Camping and travel allowances are provided according to a falt rate
    applying throughout Australia; the rate is that applying in the
    Commonwealth Public Service.  Current rates will be circulated with
    application forms, or may be obtained from particpatory program
    administration, or either of the Directors.  The following rates
    should be used in grant applications for work in 1994:

    Travel Allowance (per day per person)

         Capital Cities: Sydney $151; Melbourne $145; Brisbane $127;
         Adelaide $117; Canberra $114; Darwin $114; Perth $120; Hobart
         $112; Other $90.

    Camping Allowance (per person per day)

         Rate: $30

    Motor Vehicle Allowance (per kilometre)

         Engine Capacity                                 Rate
         Non-rotary              Rotary
         Above 3000cc            Above 1500cc            55.9 cents
         2001 to 3000cc          1001 to 1500cc          53.4 cents
         1601 to 2000cc          801 to 1000cc           51.8 cents
         1600cc or less          800cc or less           45.7 cents

    For further information contact ABRS Administration (06) 2509554/9556

    Applications may be for continuing support of projects funded in 1993
    (in which case an application for renewal is necessary) or for new
    applications in the following categories:

    A.   FLORA
    Research & Publication Objectives
    Grantees are expected to provide a manuscript in the correct format
    for the Flora of Australia at the conclusion of their grant.

         Boronia excluding sect. Valvatae
         Caesalpiniaceae p.p.
         Mimosaceae (excluding Acacia)
         Pomaderris (Rhamnaceae)
         Luzula (Juncaceae)
         Paniceae and Chloridoideae (Poaceae)
         conversion of DELTA treatments from/to Flora format
         Bacidiaceae (Bacidia, Lecania)
         Lecanoraceae (Lecanora)
         Physciaceae (Buellia)
         Oomycetes (excluding Halophytophthora)
         Phaeophyta p.p. (Dictyotales, Sphacelariales, Cutleriales and
         Siphonous Chlorophyta (Caulerpales, Siphonocladales and

    B.   FAUNA
    Research Objectives
    PROTOZOA        free living
    PLATYHELMINTHES marine turbellarians
         Hirudinida, Oligochaeta, Polychaeta
         Cladocera (freshwater), Isopoda, Amphipoda
         Aranea:   Clubionoidea, Gnaphosoidea, Psauroidea, Salticoidea
         Acarina:   Astigmata, Prostigmata
         Orthoptera; Hemiptera (Coccoidea: Diaspididae); Coleoptera
         (Cerambycidae: generic overviews and keys, Pselaphidae,
         Tenebrionidae, Elateridae); Diptera (Lauxaniidae; Syrphidae;
         Phoridae; Muscidae); Lepidoptera (Geometridae, Gelechiidae);
         Hymenoptera (Scelionidae, Formicidae: Camponotus, Pheidole,

    Publication Objectives: Zoological Catalogue of Australia**
         Lepidoptera (Hesperioidea, Papilionoidea); Thysanoptera

    Asterisks: Potential applicants should contact the respective Series
    Manager for Fauna of Australia* (06 2509435) or the Zoological
    Catalogue of Australia** (06 2509436) before completing their

    Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
    1995 - 96.

    Applications are invited from experienced botanists wishing to be
    considered for this posting in 1995 - 96. Appointment is for twelve
    months, with the officer's own institution providing a salary and the
    Commonwealth contributing towards travel and allowances. Formal
    applications will be required by 1 September 1993. Copies of the duty
    statement and selection criteria are available from the Director,
    Flora, phone (06) 2509443.


    The section is proud to announce that it published two volumes of the
    Flora of Australia during 1992:

    Volume 35, Brunoniaceae, Goodeniaceae, and Volume 54, Lichens
    Introduction, Lecanorales I. The latter is a special achievement as
    it is both the first lichen volume and the first non-vascular volume
    to be published.

    With the suspension of Flora 2001, the Flora Editorial Committee has
    agreed to a new publication schedule based on the potential
    publication of 3 volumes a year.   The schedule is: 1993: volumes 50
    and 55; 1994: volumes 49, 11 and 59; 1995  1997: volumes 2, 5, 12,
    16, 17, 28, 33, 44 and 51 (sequence not set).

    A workshop was held with phycologists in Melbourne in June.   As a
    result, planning has begun for the algal volumes of the Flora of
    Australia.   Moreover, for the first time algal groups have been
    placed on the preferred objectives for potential funding in 1994.

    The section is in a state of flux as a result of resignations.   Dr
    Paul Hattersley (Scientific Editor) resigned in November to take up a
    position as Chief Plant Pathologist with the Queensland Department of
    Primary Industries.   Mr Alex George (Executive Editor) resigned in
    January to return to Western Australia and set up as a consultant.
    Alex was the inaugural Executive Editor of the Flora of Australia and
    during his 12 years in the post made the Flora of Australia very much
    his life.   His capacities as a taxonomist, editor and diplomat were
    largely responsible for the success of the ABRS Flora program to
    date.   He, together with the Editorial Committee, set a format, a
    style, and a standard which has been acceptable to, and gained the
    support of, the botanical community.   Ms Savita Meek (Administrative
    Assistant) left in January to take up a posting elsewhere in the
    Public Service.   All three are thanked for their sound contributions
    to the program.

    Dr Tony Orchard joined the Section in early July as a Scientific
    Editor.   Tony came with a wide range of experience in taxonomic
    botany, with monographic publications spanning 10 families, and
    contributions to 4 Floras.   After completing a Ph.D. on the family
    Haloragaceae at the University of Adelaide, he worked briefly in the
    State Herbarium of South Australia before becoming Curator of the
    Cheeseman Herbarium of the Auckland Institute & Museum, New Zealand,
    between 1972 and 1978.   He then moved to Tasmania, becoming
    foundation Curator of the Tasmasnian Herbarium, a section of the
    Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery.   With the resigantion of Alex
    George, Tony has been promoted to the position of Executive Editor.

    The staff have continued to take an active part in national and
    international botanical activities.   Mr Alex George was the
    Secretary for IOPI and acted in that role at its meetings in Leiden
    in June and in Xalapa, Mexico in November.   Ms Cheryl Grgurinovic
    attended the International Association for Lichenologists Symposium
    in Bstad, Sweden in September.   Cheryl then attended the Congress of
    European Mycologists at Kew, England.   Dr Helen Hewson attended the
    second Flora Malesiana Symposium at Yogyakata, Indonesia in
    September.   Dr Jane Mowatt attended the John Child Bryophyte
    Workshop at Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand in November.   Dr Tony Orchard,
    Ms Helen Thompson and Dr Jane Mowatt attended the Southern Temperate
    Ecosystems Conference and the Australian Systematic Botany Society
    Annual General Meeting in Hobart, Tasmania in January.

    Two of the inaugural members of the Flora Editorial Committee, Dr
    Barbara Briggs and Dr Paul Wilson, completed their terms at the end
    of 1992.   Both commenced with the 'Flora Study Group' in 1979 and
    have made sound contributions to the work of the Committee and the
    Flora of Australia in its development and production.

    The 19931994 Australian Botanical Liaison Officer at the Royal
    Botanic Gardens is Dr Peter Weston, National Herbarium of New South
    Wales.   His successor for 19941995 will be Mr Laurie Jessup,
    Queensland Herbarium.

    Director, Flora         Dr Helen Hewson
    Executive Editor        Dr Tony Orchard
    Scientific Editors      Ms Cheryl Grgurinovic
                            Ms Helen Thompson
                            Dr Jane Mowatt (Ag)
    Asst Scientific Editors Ms Katy Mallett (Ag)
                            Ms Tracy Rand (Ag)
    Editorial Assistant     under recruitment

    1992 saw the consolidation of the Fauna Section as new positions and
    vacated positions were filled. In the Zoological Catalogue Unit, Dr
    Glynn Maynard and Dr Alice Wells commenced as Scientific Editors in
    August and November respectively and Mr James Harris joined us in
    April for six months as a temporary Scientific Editor.

    Alice brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her previous
    positions - the last as Curator of Entomology at the Northern
    Territory Museum. She will be responsible initially for the
    Echinodermata and Porifera volumes. Alice replaces Dr David
    Brunckhorst who spent 1992 on secondment to Parliament House to
    assist with a parliamentary enquiry into environmental programs and
    subsequently transferred to other duties within ANPWS.   We wish
    David well in his new position.

    Glynn joined us fresh from her Ph.D. studies on the taxonomy of
    colletid bees at the University of Queensland. Her experience with
    the Hymenoptera has contributed greatly to the preparation of the
    first proof for the Apoidea volume.

    Dr Chris Glasby joined the Fauna of Australia Unit as a Scientific
    Editor in March, bringing the Unit staff to full strength. After
    studying at the University of Sydney, Chris worked at the Australian
    Museum from 1982 to 1989 on polychaete taxonomy and biology. He spent
    two years at the Smithsonian Institution on a post-doctoral
    fellowship before joining ABRS. His expertise in polychaetes will be
    of direct benefit in the preparation of Volume 4 Annelida, Bryozoa,
    Echinodermata (and 10 smaller phyla), and his overall interest in
    marine invertebrates will be particularly valuable in work on future

    Dr Just attended the annual meeting of the Council of Heads of
    Australian Entomological Collections and visited institutions and
    grantees in Darwin, Perth, Sydney and Hobart. Dr Houston attended and
    presented a poster on ABRS at the XIX International Congress of
    Entomology in Beijing, China in July. Considerable interest was shown
    by delegates in the Zoological Catalogue, especially the newly
    released Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea volume. Many delegates were keen
    to know the proposed publication schedule for other groups and offers
    of authorship were tendered. Dr Ross attended the Australian Mammal
    Society Annual Conference in Melbourne in July. Dr Glasby attended
    the Australian Society for Herpetology Annual Conference in Sydney in

    Volume 9 of the Zoological Catalogue of Australia: Coleoptera
    Scarabaeoidea was released on the 22 June 1992 - in time for the XIX
    International Congress of Entomology in Beijing. The volume was
    officially launched by the Minister for Arts, Sport, Environment and
    Territories, The Hon Ros Kelly, MP, on 6 August 1992.

    Fifteen volumes of the Catalogue are currently in preparation:
    . Hymenoptera: Apoidea - proof with referees
    . Protura, Diplura, Collembola - in-house editing
    . Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Peloridiidae to Reduviidae - in-house
    . Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Aradidae to Pentatomidae - manuscript
      nearing completion
    . Echinodermata - in-house editing
    . Porifera - in-house editing
    . Aves: Columbidae to Coraciidae - with author and external editor
    . Pisces: Coryphaenidae to Molidae - manuscript in preparation
    . Crustacea: Syncarida, Peracarida - manuscripts in preparation
    . Crustacea: Leptostraca, Stomatopoda, Euphausiacea, Amphionidacea,
      Decapoda - new volume commenced January 1993
    . Mollusca: Aplacophora, Polyplacophora, Scaphopoda, Cephalopoda -
      manuscript in preparation
    . Archaeognatha, Thysanura, Blattodea, Isoptera, Mantodea,
      Dermaptera, Phasmatodea, Embioptera - manuscript in preparation
    . Diptera: Nematocera - manuscript in preparation
    . Psocoptera, Phthiraptera, Thysanoptera - new volume commenced
      January 1993
    . Hemichordata, Tunicata, Cephalochordata - new volume commenced
      January 1993

    Following the increase in editorial staff the intention is to publish
    two to three Catalogue volumes per year over the next three years.
    Adherence to time schedules, the quality and completeness of
    manuscripts submitted, and turn-around times in the various phases of
    volume production will be critical issues in achieving this new

    With the consolidation of the Fauna Section, we have been able to
    devote more resources to the production of the Fauna of Australia
    Series. Volume 5, Mollusca, is nearly complete and we expect to send
    it to the publishers by mid-year. Volume 2 Amphibia, Reptilia and
    Aves, is progressing well. We aim to send Amphibia and Reptilia (2A)
    to the publishers in September, with the intention of launching this
    part at the 2nd World Herpetological Congress in Adelaide at the end
    of the year. The publication target for 2B Aves is early 1994.

    Director, Fauna            Dr Jean Just

                               Fauna of Australia    Zoological Catalogue

    Series Manager             Dr Graham Ross        Dr Keith Houston
    Scientific Editor          Dr Chris Glasby       Dr Alice Wells
    Assist. Scientific Editor  Ms Pam Beesley        Dr Glynn Maynard
    Editorial Assistant        Ms Roz Nimmo          Ms Ha Diep
    Graphic Designer (temp.)   Ms Donna Wahl

    The technology used in preparation of the handbooks through the
    editing and publication process is very sophisticated.   The
    procedures in many cases are complex and require specialised
    computing expertise.   A fulltime Information Technology Officer is
    needed to support the editing staff.   Consequently one officer is
    dedicated to ABRS from the ANPWS Information Technology Section

    Information Technology Officer: Mr Wayne Murray

    The administration team has been led by Mr George Brandt for several
    years and, since ABRS joined ANPWS, has been housed at the ANPWS Head
    Office.   Staffing and accommodation changes have seen the team move
    to the ANBG site and George leave to lead the Corporate and
    Ministerials team of ANPWS.   Among other duties for ABRS, George has
    been the Secretary of the ABRS Advisory Committee.   Sincere thanks
    are due to George for his long service and devotion to ABRS, its team
    and its objectives.

    ABRS Advisory Committee Secretary       under recruitment
    Administrative Assistant                Ms Belinda Goddard



    Australian National University

    Dr W. L.  Nicholas $18,389.00
    Xyalidae and Desmodoridae (Nematoda: Adenophorea) of Australia.

    Dr C. A. M.  Reid $49,043.00
    Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Paropsines and Allied Genera
    of Leaf-Beetles.

    Dr L.  Watson $47,742.00
    Automated Taxonomic Revision and Keys for Poaceae - Pooideae.

    Dr L.  Watson $6,600.00
    Poaceae-Arundinoideae-Danthonieae: DELTA Treatment and Preparation of

    CSIRO Division of Entomology

    Dr A. A.  Calder $23,000.00
    Generic Revision and Classification of Australian Elateridae

    Dr D. H.  Colless $2,000.00
    Taxonomy of Australian Diptera.

    Dr I. F. B.  Common $43,483.00
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae).

    Dr P. S.  Cranston $39,864.00
    Catalogue of Diptera: Nematocera.

    Dr M.  Horak $37,301.00
    Revision of the Australian Genera of the Subtribe Phycitina.

    Dr K. H. L.  Key $3,000.00
    Taxonomic Revision of Australian Acridoidea.

    Dr I. D.  Naumann $29,980.00
    Taxonomic Studies of Australian Pteromalidae (Cleonyminae).

    Dr I. D.  Naumann $19,000.00
    Taxonomic Studies of Australian Pompilidae.

    Dr E. S.  Nielsen $20,144.00
    Australian Castniidae (Lepidoptera): Morphology, Cladistics and

    Dr K. R.  Norris $3,000.00
    Taxonomy of Australian Calliphorinae (Diptera).

    Dr D. C.  Rentz $20,000.00
    Catalogue of Australian Cockroaches.

    Dr S. O.  Shattuck $46,629.00
    Systematic Studies on the Ant Genus Iridomyrmex.

    Mr K. L.  Taylor $2,000.00
    Taxonomy and Biology of Psyllidae.

    Dr R. W.  Taylor $25,343.00
    Taxonomic Studies of the Ant Genus Meranoplus (Hymenoptera:
    Formicidae: Myrmecinae).

    CSIRO Division of Plant Industry

    Mr L. A.  Craven $58,899.00
    Systematic Studies in Melaleuca (Myrtaceae).

    Dr J.  West $48,380.00
    Generic Limits in Australian Rhamnaceae.

    Dr J.  West $23,867.00
    Taxonomic Revisions in Zygophyllaceae and Apiaceae in Australia.

    CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology

    Dr D. M.  Spratt $25,000.00
    Taxonomy and Systematics of Australian Enoplida.


    Mr A.  George $28,889.00
    A Revision of the Genus Andersonia R.Br. (Epacridaceae). (To be

    Mr C.  Puttock $39,061.00
    Revision of Ozothamnus R.Br.


    Australian Museum

    Dr G.  Cassis $49,545.00
    Generic Reclassification of the Australian Miridae (Insecta:

    Dr M. R.  Gray $18,000.00
    Taxonomic Revision of Spider Genera in the Desidae and Stiphidiidae.

    Dr G. F. S.  Hunt $31,442.00
    Australian Pherenotae (Acarida, Cryptostigmata).

    Dr J. K.  Lowry $16,000.00
    Systematics of the Australian Lysianassoid Amphipoda Fauna.

    Dr W. F.  Ponder $30,000.00
    Systematics of the Speciose Freshwater Snail Genus Fluvidona
    (Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae).

    Biological & Chemical Research Institute

    Dr M. J.  Fletcher $31,706.00
    Taxonomic Revision of the Australian Deltocephalinae.

    Forestry Commission of New South Wales

    Mr J. A.  Simpson $3,200.00
    Halophytopthora (Pythiales: Oomycota) in Australia.

    Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre

    Dr R. J.  Shiel $12,000.00
    Revision of Free-Living Testate Rhizopoda.

    National Herbarium of New South Wales

    Dr B. G.  Briggs $39,400.00
    Treatment of Restionaceae.

    Dr E. A.  Brown $50,490.00
    Revisionary Studies in Australian Lepidoziaceae.

    Dr B. J.  Conn $29,580.00
    Revisionary Studies in the Australian Loganiaceae.

    Dr B. J.  Conn $22,524.00
    Revisionary Studies in the Australian Xyridaceae.

    Dr B. J.  Conn $35,878.00
    Taxonomic Revision of Prostantheroideae.

    Dr C. L.  Gross $22,948.00
    Flora Text Preparation of Chamaecrista and Molluginaceae.

    Dr J. M.  Powell $19,138.00
    Epacridaceae Treatment.

    Dr H. P.  Ramsay $5,000.00
    Preparation of Manuscripts for the Family Bryaceae (Bryopsida).

    Mrs K. L.  Wilson $37,800.00
    Systematic Studies in Australian Cyperaceae.

    Dr P. G.  Wilson $16,200.00
    Taxonomic Revision of the Genus Indigofera.

    University of New England

    Dr J. J.  Bruhl $34,655.00
    Automated Taxonomic Revision and Keys for Phyllantheae -

    University of Sydney

    Dr M. J.  Henwood $17,330.00
    Phylogeny and Biogeography of Astrotricha (Apiaceae/Araliaceae).

    Professor D. J.  Patterson $21,000.00
    Taxonomy of Free Living Flagellates.

    Dr R. C.  Russell $50,124.00
    Taxonomy of Australian Ceratopogonidae (Diptera).


    Mr H.  Ehmann $21,500.00
    Keys to Anuran Larvae of NSW and Southern Qld.

    Mr J. B.  Williams $25,402.00
    A Revision of Parsonsia (Apocynaceae) in Australia plus Flora


    Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory

    Dr G. J.  Leach $17,122.00
    Revision of Australian Eriocaulaceae.

    Northern Territory University

    Mr N.  Sammy $4,800.00
    A Taxonomic Revision of the Lichen Genus Heterodermia in Australia.


    James Cook University

    Associate Professor B. R.  Jackes $6,614.00
    Revision of the Myrsinaceae.

    Queensland Herbarium

    Mr P. I.  Forster $41,560.00
    Revision of Australian Euphorbiaceae.

    Mr R. J. F.  Henderson $19,500.00
    Taxonomic Revision of Euphorbiaceae.

    Mr L. W.  Jessup $15,878.00
    Flora Accounts of Families Sapotaceae, Ebenaceae, Symplocaceae.

    Queensland Museum

    Dr N. L.  Bruce $47,445.00
    Taxonomic Revision of the Marine Isopod Crustacean Family
    Sphaeromatidae from Southern Australia.

    Mr P. J. F.  Davie $25,000.00
    Catalogue of Crustaceae: Decapoda.

    Dr V. E.  Davies $6,800.00
    New Spider Genera (Araneae: Amaurobioidea) from Australian

    Dr J.  Stanisic $18,000.00
    Systematics and Biogeography of the Charopidae of Limestone Outcrops
    in Eastern New South Wales.

    University of Central Queensland

    Associate Professor L. R.  Warner $4,600.00
    Revision of the Echinonematinae (Nematoda).

    University of Queensland

    Dr T. H.  Cribb $38,939.00
    Taxonomy of Digenean Trematodes of Australian Marine Fishes.


    Australian Centre for Water Quality Research

    Dr P. J.  Suter $5,000.00
    The Taxonomy of Australian Baetidae (Ephemeroptera).

    University of Adelaide

    Dr A. D.  Austin $21,000.00
    Taxonomic Studies on Australian Aphelinidae (Hymenoptera:

    Dr K. A.  Davies $37,132.00
    Potential Biological Control Agents: Distribution and Taxonomy of
    Entomophilic Nematodes.


    Mrs R. M.  Barker $19,500.00
    Revisions in Sida and Abutilon (Malvaceae).

    Dr A. F.  Bird $5,000.00
    Studies on Tobrilidae (Aquatic Enoplids), in Rivers and Lakes in
    Southern Australia.

    Mr A. J.  McArthur $2,000.00
    Review of Camponotus (Formicidae).

    Dr B. R.  Randell $20,500.00
    Flora Treatment of Halgania.


    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

    Dr B. J.  Smith $3,040.00
    Revision of Genera Stenacapha, Mulathena and Thryasona (Charopidae:
    Endodontoidea) in Tasmania and Victoria.

    University of Tasmania

    Dr G. J.  Edgar $32,712.00
    Systematics of Australian Tanaidomorpha.


    Institute of Plant Sciences

    Mr I. G.  Pascoe $46,458.00
    Revision of Australian Erysiphales.

    Monash University

    Associate Professor N. D.  Hallam $21,397.00
    Taxonomic Investigations of Anthocerotales in Australia.

    National Herbarium of Victoria

    Dr P. M.  McCarthy $6,604.00
    Systematic Studies on Verrucariales (Lichens).

    University of Melbourne

    Dr P. Y.  Ladiges $22,989.00
    Systematic and Biogeographic Analysis of Boronia Section Valvatae.

    Professor A. A.  Martin $31,704.00
    Illustrated Keys to Early Stages of SE Australian Anurans.


    Mr T. W.  May $36,500.00
    Catalogue and Census of Australian Macrofungi.


    CSIRO Division of Forestry

    Dr N.L.  Bougher $12,705.00
    Taxonomic Revision of Truffle-Like Cortinariaceae.

    WA Wildlife Research Centre

    Dr J. A.  Friend $33,336.00
    Taxonomy and Phylogeny of the Terrestrial Amphipods of Australia.

    Edith Cowan University

    Dr P.  Horwitz $16,641.00
    Systematic Studies on Australian Freshwater Janiridae (Isopoda,

    Manjimup Research Centre

    Dr T. D.  Macfarlane $5,660.00
    Flora Account of Pultenaea and Related Genera.

    Murdoch University

    Dr J. F.  Neira $47,257.00
    Identification Atlas of the Larval Stages of Fishes.

    University of Western Australia

    Drs J. A. Chappill & E. M.  Bennett $28,485.00
    Taxonomic Revision of Sterculiaceae, Tribe Lasiopetalae.

    Dr J. A.  Chappill $36,970.00
    A Taxonomic Revision of Jacksonia R.Br. (Tribe Mirbelieae,

    Dr B.  Knott $1,150.00
    Systematic Studies on Australian Freshwater Janiridae (Isopoda,

    Western Australian Herbarium

    Dr J. A.  Armstrong $30,500.00
    Taxonomy of the Boronieae (Rutaceae).

    Mr N. S.  Lander $36,000.00
    Revision of Olearia (Eastern States species).

    Western Australian Museum

    Dr K.  Aplin $20,000.00
    Key to Larvae of Anuran Species of South Western Australia.


    Australian Botanical Liaison Officer  $39,309.00
    Dr L. Jessup  1993-1994 term.

    Herbarium Loans $50,000.00
    Supplementary Funding to Herbaria to Assist with Costs of Lending
    Specimens for Flora of Australia Work.



    Zoological Museum, Copenhagen

    Dr N. M.  Andersen $22,000.00
    Australian Semiaquatic Bugs (Hemiptera: Gerromorpha): Taxonomy,
    Biology and Distribution


    University College of Swansea, Wales

    Professor J. S.  Ryland $15,000.00
    Species-Level Taxonomy of Australian Zoanthids.


    Aquatic Resources Centre, Tennessee

    Dr R. O.  Brinkhurst $34,250.00
    Freshwater Oligochaeta of Australia: Taxonomy, Distribution and a Key
    to their Identity.

    Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

    Dr L. M.  Roth $3,500.00
    Investigation into Australian Cockroaches.


    Dr B. M.  Murray $16,362.00
    Andreaeaceae of Australia.


    People with a general interest in the aims and objectives of ABRS,
    including flora and fauna illustrators, are invited to register with
    the Australian Biological Resources Study. Registrants receive
    regular information on the progress of the Program through this
    newsletter. Registration forms are available from: Ms Belinda
    Goddard, Participatory Program Administration, ABRS, GPO Box 636,
    Canberra, ACT 2601, phone (06) 2509554/556.


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    addresses are obviously out of date. If this copy of Biologue reached
    you after doing the rounds of several previous addresses, please send
    us an updated address.

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