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.
Treasurer (Portland, Victoria)
Rosemary has an extremely varied work/life balance. From volunteering with the local Neighborhood house to writing children's books and poetry, to open water scuba diving, and being secretary of the Portland Coastal Cliffs group, she is a busy woman who doesn't know the meaning of the word "no". Rosemary’s career began in law, her own business annotating for Judges, Queen’s Counsel, Barristers, Lawyers Libraries and Monash Law Library for their loose leaf filing. She then moved into a part-time role with the EPA Library whilst studying for her Diploma in Library Information and Technology at Swinburne University, where she assisted RMIT students, EPA Scientists and various organizations with researching articles. A change of career saw her move to the Mornington Peninsula, followed by a stint in remote cattle and horse stations across Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and Northern Territory where she taught primary school students via School of the Air, specialising in science and the environment. Along with advocating for citizen science as a member of ACSA, Rosemary is hoping to help school children participate with the local environmental community groups, and that STEM opportunities will become available to them including Drone applications for digital mapping. She also hopes to do a bit of cit-sci herself, recording shoreline shells, mapping the plants of the Portland coastal cliffs and just a bit of snorkeling (although she’s been told her 3mm wetsuit isn’t thick enough for the bays of Portland South West Victoria).
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 Oliver 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
General Member (Brisbane)
Mij is a science communication specialist working in the research and collections sector in Queensland. Working in the sector was a fortunate accident for Mij, hailing from a background in communication and community engagement; an opportunity presented itself to work with regional collecting institutions and then Queensland Museum. Having always loved science, named after a marsh otter (Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli), fascinated by chemistry, and in awe of physics, his STEM spark moment was the day he came face-to-face with the holotype specimen of the Grey Nurse Shark , all snaggle-toothed and preserved in time, stored amongst thousands of specimens in the Queensland Museum collection. It was that moment that cemented a passion for driving the public engagement of science, and a commitment to tell the thousands of stories from researchers, citizen scientist and collections. Mij has served on the Management Committee of La Boite Theatre Company and worked in strategic communications across the non-profit and government sectors. He currently leads the digital and social communication strategy for the World Science Festival Brisbane. Mij joined the ACSA Management committee in November 2018.
General Member (Sydney)
Patrick’s citizen science initiation began along the Sapphire Coast of NSW. The active and enthusiastic community and supporting organisations provided the ideal incubation chamber to better understand and appreciate citizen science at a local scale. Since that point, Patrick has been an advocate for citizen science, being fortunate to be involved in a variety of citizen science projects including BioBlitzes and biodiversity surveys. Currently, Patrick is one of the Citizen Science Scientists working in the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. In his current role, Patrick is responsible for coordinating citizen science projects as well as developing tools and frameworks to support internal programs and the NSW citizen science community.
Key Focus Areas: Citizen science tool and framework development, Community Engagement
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.
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.
International Liaison Officer
Since the inception of ACSA back in May of 2014, Jessie has been heavily involved in its development, serving a total of 4.5 years on the Establishment and Management Committees. As the current International Liaison Officer, Jessie regularly jumps onto late night teleconference calls to keep tabs on the amazing work being done by our colleagues around the world, and to share happening here at home. Most recently, calls have focused on citizen science in relation to data standardization and interoperability, local to global technical infrastructure, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and global partnerships, as well as various large-scale initiatives on a variety of topics. Beyond keeping in touch with established sister associations, Jessie is also thrilled continue learning about emerging citizen science associations and networks. This liaising role allows her to further explore her own passions for understanding how culture, practices, and policy influence citizen science in different regions of the world. As a person currently researching #CitSci technology design, she also furthers her understanding of the role that technology may play in increasing scientific and social impacts of projects, whether local or global. If you would like to get involved with international initiatives, please sing out to Jessie via Twitter or the ACSA contact us page for contact details.