Plenaries

Plenary

Gonzalo GiribetGonzalo Giribet

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Alexander Agassiz, Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Curator-in-Charge of Invertebrate Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, USA

Biogeography meets genomics—new trends in data analysis of biogeographic data

Gonzalo is Curator of Invertebrate Zoology and Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Zoology at Harvard University. His major research interests are systematics of invertebrates (marine and terrestrial) and biogeography of ancient terrestrial invertebrate groups, as well as many aspects of the evolution, ecology and genomics of invertebrates. He has served as president of the International Society for Invertebrate Morphology, and is vice-president of the Spanish Malacological Society. He is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, a Membre Corresponent de la Secció de Ciències Biològiques del Institut d’Estudis Catalans (the Catalonian Academy of Sciences) and a Research Associate of the American Museum of Natural History and of the Field Museum of Natural History.

Keynotes

Judy WestJudy West

Executive Director, Australian National Botanic Gardens and Assistant Secretary, Department of the Environment and Energy, Parks Australia

Can systematics evolve beyond its years?

Judy has research interests that centre on the systematics of Australian plants, particularly related to morphological and breeding system evidence in combination with molecular data. She has a keen interest in widely disseminating the results of taxonomic research and has focused on facilitating incorporation of this knowledge into interactive identification packages of nationally significant groups, such as eucalypts, legumes, grevilleas and orchids, as well as tropical rainforest plants. Judy also takes an active interest in applications of biological collections data and identifying opportunities to value add to herbarium collections.

Nerida WilsonNerida Wilson

Senior Research Scientist, Western Australian Museum, Adjunct Research Fellow, The University of Western Australia, Australia

Out of sight, out of mind—marine invertebrate systematics and conservation

Nerida is a marine molecular biologist who received her BSc from University of Melbourne, and BSc (Hons) and PhD at University of Queensland (2004). She had a brief sojourn at the University of Adelaide and South Australian Museum, and then moved to the USA to pursue postdoctoral work at Auburn University (Alabama), and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego). She returned to Australia in 2010 to the Australian Museum as a Senior Research Scientist, and in 2014 moved to the Western Australian Museum. She founded the Equal Opportunity Science- Australia Facebook group, and loves that her job combines science, travel, and discovery.

Shelley James

Manager Collections, National Herbarium of NSW, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Our collections on a global stage…

Shelley is a botanist who has worked internationally with the Bishop Museum and more recently with the iDigBio program as their Data Management Coordinator based out of the Florida Museum of Natural History.  In addition to her work as a leader in collections management and digitisation efforts, Shelley’s botanical research focuses on the biodiversity and biogeography of the flora of the Pacific and Melanesia.