ACSA is governed by a member-elected Management Committee comprising of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, at least two General Members and a representative of the Host Organisation. Committee members are elected at ACSA’s Annual General Meeting and terms of office are for two years. ACSA is supported by a part-time National Coordinator and a Social Media Moderator.
Our Patron is Dr Geoff Garrett AO, former Chief Scientist of Queensland (2011-2016). Please see below for more info on Geoff.
If you are interested in joining the Management Committee, make sure you join ACSA as a Member and stay tuned for calls for nominations via our Newsletter.
Erin is a Senior Scientist working in the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). Erin leads OEH's citizen science team, who are responsible for developing citizen science for the agency as well as leading on the delivery of several projects that contribute data to the agency's environmental research program. Erin helped deliver OEH's Citizen Science Strategy and Position Statement. Erin has been on the ACSA Management Committee since July 2015, first as Secretary and then Chair, and works with the management committee to deliver on ACSA's Strategic Plan. Before delving into the citizen science space, Erin worked in climate change adaptation and has a PhD in terrestrial ecology.
Key Focus Areas: Funding body reporting and liaison; Overseeing the Strategic Plan milestones and its evaluation, ACSA National Coordinator supervision.
Vice Chair (Canberra)
Stephanie von Gavel is the Business Development Manager for CSIRO Land & Water, and previously the Atlas of Living Australia. She has over 20 years experience in technology transfer, business development and strategy development in areas of agribusiness, inclusive innovation, biodiversity, information platforms and Indigenous related research. She has a strong commitment to citizen science, having contributed to the development of ACSA as an organization, and CSIRO and ALA’s own initiatives in this space, and has even participated in BioBlitz or two. Stephanie believes in the importance of citizen science as a mechanism for engaging with communities and individuals to drive a better understanding of science and science literacy especially if Australia is going to have constructive conversation about our environment and the STEM skills of our children (and adults).
Key Focus Areas: Strategy and Governance; ACSA Chapter Development.
Sunny has worked on a range of research, conservation and environmental education projects. Most recently a PhD looking at the impacts of large-scale oil palm development on Native Customary Rights landowners in Sarawak, Malaysia. She undertook this research after seeing first-hand the environmental and social impacts of large-scale agricultural development in Borneo since 1999. Previous projects there include a Research Masters in Ecology on hybrid gibbon vocalisations in the upper Barito Ulu catchment, and she also managed the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project in West Kalimantan.
Back here in Brisbane, she has long-term experience teaching about ecology, the environment and communities, particularly in Southeast Queensland. She is also passionate about environmental education and science communication.
Key Focus Areas: Financial Management
Ellie has been working in public education and programs for over nine years, with a focus on science communication for the past five years. She manages the Science Engagement and Events team of the Australian Museum, running the largest Science Festival for students in Australia and co-producing the Sydney Science Festival with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Inspiring Australia. Her research focuses on community engagement with science, specifically looking at intersections of museology and citizen science in regards to experiences and expectations. She is passionate about museum communities, citizen science, plants and dogs.
Key Focus Areas: Communications; Membership Development; Community Surveys
General Member (Brisbane)
Jessie is currently researching citizen science technology design as a PhD student at the Queensland University of Technology. Specifically, she is tirelessly investigating how searching for Eastern bristlebird calls in acoustic recordings can be designed to be fun via Project #BristleWhistle. Before getting involved in Human-Computer Interaction design research, Jessie gained extensive experience as an ecologist and science communicator, while developing her passion for citizen science. Jessie has been involved with ACSA since its foundation (May 2014) and has been influential in ACSA development, strategic planning, communications and international relations. Jessie has contributed as an ACSA representative to a journal article and book chapter discussing how citizen science associations around the world are currently working together and plan to do so in the future. She also contributed to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Australian, European and US Associations. Jessie is passionate about understanding past, present and future diversity of citizen science across the nation, and looks forward to continuing to learn from the community.
Key Focus Areas: Promoting citizen science in STEM; International working groups (CSA Data & Metadata, Global Mosquito Initiative).
General Member (Sydney)
Kylie Andrews has created and produced large-scale citizen science projects for the ABC Science unit for many years, including Wildlife Spotter, Galaxy Explorer, Weather Detective and Seafloor Explorer. She is passionate about creating engaging citizen science projects that also hit scientific goals. She’s also an award-winning producer, editor and science journalist; has a Bachelor of Science degree; has previously worked in natural hazard research and also co-developed the SBS reality TV series The Nest.
General Member (Brisbane)
Inspired by her first Indo-Pacific experience in Palau, Jenn moved to Australia to pursue a career that unites science and education to support healthy oceans. As Director of Programs & Partnerships for Reef Check Australia, she works with a diverse volunteer and partner network to implement community-based research using a globally-standardised methodology. As Coordinator for the Great Barrier Reef Citizen Science Alliance, she supports 12 coastal and marine citizen science member groups to foster collaborative strategies that enhance positive citizen science outcomes for the Reef. She believes in the power of citizen science to unlock practical grassroots solutions to environmental challenges.
Key Focus Areas: Policy; Program evaluation; Enhancing citizen science resourcing
Host Institution Representative (Sydney)
Paul is the Manager of Citizen Science and Expeditions at the Australian Museum. As head of the Australian Museum Centre for Citizen Science his role is to coordinate and develop citizen science projects and activities. He has been working in citizen science for around 6 years and is the creator and manager of the DigiVol (www.digivol.org) crowdsourcing website for digitising collections and capturing biodiversity data from images. His role as Manager of Expeditions has seen him lead the recent extreme citizen science expedition to Balls Pyramid in search of the rare and threatened Lord Howe Island Phasmid. He has a background in botany, biodiversity informatics and GIS.
ACSA National Coordinator (Sydney)
Amy is ACSA's National Coordinator, based at the Australian Museum. She assists with managing the day to day operations of the Association, such as this website, communication (e.g. the ACSA newsletter), records & database management, meeting & event coordination and general office administration. Amy has an environmental science and education background. She began her career with the Waterwatch program in South Australia, which gave her an excellent introduction to citizen science and the role that the community can play in the collection of scientific data. She also has 7 years experience as an Environmental Adviser within a large energy company, which required her to work in some of the most remote locations across south eastern Australia and reinforced her passion for environmental stewardship.
In 2011 Michelle's young son presented her with a spider. A redback spider. After convincing her son not to pick up spiders but to take pictures of them instead Michelle soon found she had over 7000 photos of all sorts of creatures and no idea what any of them were called. Thus a citizen scientist is made. In May 2014 Michelle was invited by Earthwatch to attend the Australian Citizen Science Associations Inaugral Workshop in Brisbane. She found herself co-chair of the Communications Working Group. Michelle and Jessie Cappadonna co-developed ACSA social media (Twitter, Facebook, & LinkedIn). Since then Michelle, with her orange coloured ipad clutched firmly in one hand, has been an active social media moderator, poster and tweeter for the ACSA social media platforms. Having worked in analytical chemistry for over a decade Michelle finds herself in an interesting place - a scientist as well as a citizen scientist, with a passion for science communication.
Key Focus Areas: Using social media for citizen science; STEM in schools
Dr GeoffGarrett AO
Dr Geoff Garrett AO is the former Queensland Chief Scientist (2011-2016) and led two of the world's major national research and development organisations, CSIRO in Australia (2001-2008) and CSIR in South Africa (1995-2000). He currently lectures in leadership and change management and provides coaching support in these areas to academics and to senior officers of the Australian Public Service. In addition to his role as Patron of ACSA, currently he is also Deputy Chair of the National Youth Science Forum, and a non-Executive Director of Behaviour Innovation Pty Ltd.
More info on Geoff can be found here.