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 the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania 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 specialist 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.


Members of the Scientific Advisory Committee (Threatened Species)​ 2021​​

Prof Elissa Cameron

Professor Cameron has expertise in the ecology, behaviour and conservation of mammals. She is a Professor at both the University of Tasmania and the University of Canterbury, NZ. 

Ms Kathryn Pugh
Ms Pugh has expertise in freshwater ecosystems and species. She is an environmental scientist at the City of Launceston. 

Dr Karen Parsons 
Dr Parsons has expertise in marine ecosystems and ecological surveys. She is the director of a marine consultancy business.

Ms Louise Gilfedder

Ms Gilfedder has expertise in plant ecology and threatened species assessment. She is an environmental consultant.

Professor Christopher Johnson

Professor Johnson has expertise in vertebrate fauna and ecology. He is a Professor at the ​School of Natural Sciences at the University of Tasmania.

Dr Kevin Bonham

Dr Bonham has expertise in invertebrate fauna and orchids. He is an environmental consultant.

Mr Joe Quarmby (Chair)

Mr Quarmby has expertise in vacular flora, particularly threatened flora and field botany skills. He works as a conservation ecologist.


The Scientific Advisory Committee can be contacted at: ThreatenedSpecies.Enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au