Scientific Advisory Committee (Threatened Species)

​The establishment of the Scientific Advisory Committee (threatened species) is provided for under section 8 of the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995. This legislation also sets out the functions of the Committee which are to advise the Minister and Secretary of the Department of Primary Industries and Water on:
  1. the listing and de-listing of taxa of flora and fauna
  2. threatening processes
  3. the criteria to be followed in the determination of critical habitats
  4. other matters relating to the conservation of threatened native flora and fauna
  5. the review and approval of listing statements.
All members are to have special knowledge and experience in the sciences of flora or fauna conservation or ecology. Members must collectively have expertise in the following categories:
  1. vertebrate fauna
  2. invertebrate fauna
  3. vascular flora
  4. non-vascular flora
  5. taxonomy
  6. marine ecology
  7. freshwater ecology
  8. terrestrial ecology
  9. popu​lation ec​​​ology.

The Committee may consult with members of the broader scientific community as it considers appropriate.

Expressions of Interest for Committee Membership

Scientific Advisory Committee (Threatened Species)

Expressions of interest are invited for membership on the Threatened Species Scientific Advisory Committee. All members of the Committee are to have specialist knowledge and experience in the sciences of flora or fauna conservation or ecology.

The Committee provides advice to the Minister for Environment on matters relating to the conservation of threatened species, specifically the listing and delisting of species under the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 and the production of listing statements detailing conservation advice for threatened species.

The Committee currently meets 2-4 times per year for about 4 hours per meeting; some out-of-session discussion and reading is also required.

Two positions are currently available, requiring persons with specialist expertise in one or more of the following categories:

  • invertebrate fauna
  • taxonomy
  • vascular flora
  • non-vascular flora

Please send your CV and a letter outlining your skills and experience in these specialist categories to the Coordinator, Threatened Species Scientific Advisory Committee at by the close of 30 November 2020. Any enquiries can also be made to this address. ​

Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee (Threatened Species - 201​8)​​

Dr Catherine Byrne (Chair)
Dr Byrne has expertise in invertebrate fauna and taxonomy. She is currently employed as Senior Curator of Zoology at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. 

Mr Andrew North
Mr North is a Biological Consultant with North Barker Ecosystem Services. He has over 20 years' practical professional experience conducting investigations of Tasmania’s native vascular flora with particular consideration of threatened flora.

Professor Elissa Cameron
Professor Cameron has experience in the ecology, behaviour and conservation of mammals. 

Ms Kathryn Pugh
Ms Pugh has expertise in freshwater ecosystems and species. She is currently an Environmental Scientist at the City of Launceston. 

Dr Karen Parsons 
Dr Parsons has expertise in marine ecosystems and ecological surveys.  

Ms Louise Gilfedder

Ms Gilfedder has experience in plant ecology, and threatened species assessment.

Professor Christopher Johnson

Professor Johnson has experience in vertebrate fauna and ecology. He is employed by the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Tasmania.

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