Consortium


Genomics for Australian Plants was initiated by Bioplatforms in partnership with researchers from the Australian State and National Herbaria and Botanic Gardens. The aim is to develop genomics resources to enhance our understanding of the evolution and conservation of the unique Australian flora.

Please find below more information on our core funding partners, current list of partners, core project team, steering committee and the various expert working groups.

Core project team
  • David Cantrill | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Mabel Lum | Bioplatforms Australia
  • Andrew Gilbert | Bioplatforms Australia

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Steering Committee
  • David Cantrill | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Darren Crayn | Australian Tropical Herbarium
  • Graham King | Medicinal Plant Herbarium and Southern Cross Plant Science, Southern Cross University
  • Linda Broadhurst | Centre for Australian National Biodiversity, CSIRO
  • Margaret Byrne | Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australia
  • Olly Berry / Jen Taylor | CSIRO
  • Andrew Gilbert | Bioplatforms Australia
  • Anna Syme (Observer) | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Project Bioinformatician
  • Hamish Holewa (Observer) | Atlas of Living Australia
  • Mabel Lum (Observer) | Bioplatforms Australia – Project Manager

Working Groups

The Working Groups work closely with the Steering Committee to gather information, discuss the best approaches and assist the Steering Committee in the decision-making process of the Initiative. New Working Groups will be set up as the Initiative progresses.

Wet lab Working Group (June 2018 – Feb 2019)
  • Ashley Jones | Australian National University
  • Gareth Holmes | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Katharina Nargar | Australian Tropical Herbarium (CNS) & National Collections & Marine Infrastructure (NCMI), CSIRO
  • Kor-jent van Dijk | University of Adelaide
  • Michelle Waycott | State Herbarium of South Australia and University of Adelaide
  • Niccy Aitken | Australian National University
  • Sarah Mathews | CSIRO
  • Todd McLay | CSIRO
  • Mabel Lum (Observer) | Bioplatforms Australia – Project Manager
Computational Working Group (June 2018 – Feb 2019)
  • Ashley Jones | Australian National University
  • Abdul Baten | Southern Cross University
  • Edward Biffin | University of Adelaide
  • Jason Bragg | Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
  • Jeff Christiansen | Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation
  • Kevin Murray | Australian National University
  • Lars Nauheimer | Australian Tropical Herbarium
  • Pip Griffin | EMBL-ABR
  • Sarah Mathews | CSIRO
  • Todd McLay | CSIRO
  • Mabel Lum (Observer) | Bioplatforms Australia – Project Manager
Phylogenomics Working Group (Feb 2019 – current)
  • Darren Crayn (lead) | Australian Tropical Herbarium
  • Daniel Murphy | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Hervé Sauquet | Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
  • Katharina Nargar | CSIRO
  • Kelly Shepherd | Western Australian Herbarium
  • Matthew Barrett | Australian Tropical Herbarium
  • Michelle Waycott | State Herbarium of South Australia and University of Adelaide
  • Sarah Mathews | CSIRO
  • Anna Syme | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Chris Jackson | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Johan Gustafsson (Observer) | Bioplatforms Australia –
    Bioinformatics Engagement Officer
  • Mabel Lum (Observer) | Bioplatforms Australia – Project Manager
Bioinformatics (ref genome pilot) Working Group (Feb 2019 – current)
  • Anna Syme (lead) | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Brian Davis | Australian Bioinformatics Commons
  • Chris Jackson | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Dave Edwards | University of Western Australia
  • Daniel Murphy | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Graham King | Southern Cross University
  • Jason Bragg | Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
  • Jeff Christiansen | Australian Bioinformatics Commons
  • Richard Edwards | University of New South Wales
  • Russell Barrett | Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
  • Todd McLay / Sarah Mathews | CSIRO
  • Tiff Nelson | Australian Bioinformatics Commons
  • Steven Manos (Observer)| Australian Bioinformatics Commons
  • Johan Gustafsson (Observer) | Bioplatforms Australia –
    Bioinformatics Engagement Officer
  • Mabel Lum (Observer) | Bioplatforms Australia – Project Manager
Bioinformatics (Phylogenomics) Working Group (Aug 2019 – current)
  • Anna Syme (lead) | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Chris Jackson | Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Cameron Jack | ANU Bioinformatics Consultancy
  • Edward Biffin | University of Adelaide
  • Jason Bragg | Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
  • Lars Nauheimer | Australian Tropical Herbarium
  • Matthew Barrett | Australian Tropical Herbarium
  • Richard Edwards | University of New South Wales
  • Todd McLay | CSIRO
  • Johan Gustafsson (Observer) | Bioplatforms Australia –
    Bioinformatics Engagement Officer
  • Mabel Lum (Observer) | Bioplatforms Australia – Project Manager
Conservation Genomics Working Group (Aug 2019 – current)
  • Margaret Byrne (lead)| Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australia
  • TBC
  • Observer – Mabel Lum | Bioplatforms Australia – Project Manager