New Chair for Threatened Species Scientific Committee
9 August 2011
Internationally recognised conservation and environmental scientist Professor Helene Marsh has been appointed the chair of the Australian Government's Threatened Species Scientific Committee.
The outgoing chair of the Committee Associate Professor Bob Beeton deserves many thanks for his significant work in the protection and conservation of threatened species throughout his eleven years in the role.
The Committee provides advice to the federal environment minister on the amendment and updating of lists for threatened species, threatened ecological communities, and key threatening processes and the development or adoption of recovery plans and threat abatement plans.
A conservation biologist with over 30 years experience in the field of species conservation, management and policy development, Professor Marsh has made significant contributions to the science of dugong conservation in Australia and overseas.
Professor Marsh is currently Dean of Graduate Research Studies and Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science at James Cook University and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
Professor Marsh's experience and expertise will make a significant contribution to the work of the Committee and contribute to its ongoing high level of excellence in providing scientific advice.
Professor Marsh's appointment will run until July 2014.
For more information on the Committee and Professor Marsh go to www.environment.gov.au