BIOLOGUE - the Australian Biological Resources Study newsletter
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 (188.8.131.52 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 huh.harvard.edu, the Harvard Biodiversity Gopher
(huh.harvard.edu 70) and the Australian National University Biodiversity
Gopher (life.anu.edu.au 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 anbg.gov.au 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
AUSTRALIAN BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES STUDY
GPO BOX 636
Canberra, ACT 2601
Telephone: General Enquiries: (06) 2509554
Fax: (06) 2509448
Biologue, No. 13
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.
ABRS WITHIN ANPWS
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
REVIEW OF ABRS
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
(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
"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 ADVISORY COMMITTEE
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
The composition of the Committee as at the November 1992 meeting was
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
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),
THE EDITORIAL COMMITTEES
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
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
Dr J G West Head of Herbarium, Australian
National Herbarium, Canberra
Dr R J Chinnock Botanist, State Herbarium of South
Dr G A M Scott Visiting Botanist, University of
Dr H J Hewson (ex officio) Director, Flora, ABRS, Canberra
Dr A E Orchard Executive Editor, Flora of Australia,
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
Dr I Beveridge School of Veterinary Sciences, University of
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
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
Dr G B J Ross Series Manager, Fauna of Australia, ABRS,
Dr W W K Houston Series Manager, Zoological Catalogue of
Australia ABRS, Canberra
THE PARTICIPATORY PROGRAM
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.
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
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
. 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)
Motor Vehicle Allowance (per kilometre)
Engine Capacity Rate
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:
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
Mimosaceae (excluding Acacia)
Paniceae and Chloridoideae (Poaceae)
conversion of DELTA treatments from/to Flora format
Bacidiaceae (Bacidia, Lecania)
Oomycetes (excluding Halophytophthora)
Phaeophyta p.p. (Dictyotales, Sphacelariales, Cutleriales and
Siphonous Chlorophyta (Caulerpales, Siphonocladales and
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
C. AUSTRALIAN BOTANICAL LIAISON OFFICER
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.
ABRS PROGRAM REPORTS
FLORA OF AUSTRALIA SECTION
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,
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
. 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
. Hemichordata, Tunicata, Cephalochordata - new volume commenced
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
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT
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
PARTICIPATORY PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION
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
ABRS RESEARCH GRANTS FOR 1993
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
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
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:
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.
NEW SOUTH WALES
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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.
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