Here, we introduce the volunteer team responsible for the eBird Australia stories and content that you see on our home page at https://ebird.org/australia. Our vision for eBird Australia is to provide interesting and timely news for eBirders in Australia that is dedicated to encouraging engagement and participation in all things involving Australian birds. We aim for this content to appear regularly, to be frequently updated, and to enhance content provided by the global eBird enterprise.
- Reflect things that birders in Australia care about
- Represent a balance of interesting and useful subjects including: People, Birds, Data, Science, Functionality
- Be topical
- Be inspiring and engaging
You can help us make this Data Portal work better for you by letting us know when you thought a story was particularly helpful or entertaining, or by contacting us if you believe there is content that we are missing that would be of benefit to the birding community. Our contact address is provided on our home page.
Learn a bit about our industrious and creative eBird Australia:
Mat Gilfedder is a keen birdwatcher and photographer who works as a research scientist with the CSIRO. He has worked to improve eBird in Australia for several years. Mat enjoys birding with his young family, and his favourite bird is the Rufous-crowned Emuwren, despite it being painful to photograph among the rocky ridges around Alice Springs.
Hugh Possingham is a Professor of Mathematics and Conservation at The University of Queensland where he directs two national research centres focussed on ecological modelling, environmental decision-making and biodiversity policy. His favourite bird is the Black-chinned Honeyeater and his favourite birding spot is Oxley Creek Common in the suburbs of Brisbane. Hugh will be The Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy from 2016, so expect to see his global bird list grow faster. See Hugh’s eBird Profile.
Richard Fuller (Editor) is a conservation scientist based at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He studies how people have affected the natural world around them, and how some of their destructive effects can best be reversed. On the flip side, he is also keen to understand whether and how people can benefit positively from experiences of biodiversity, including the birds in towns and cities around where people live. Current projects in Richard’s lab also include bird surveys and distribution modelling in the arid zone of South Australia, understanding and reversing the declines of migratory shorebirds using the East Asian – Australasian Flyway, and climate change impacts in Antarctica. Ever since he saw his first Yellowhammer on his local patch in South London he has been a fanatical birder, and now covers Minnippi Parklands when he gets a chance to leave the desk!
Nancy Auerbach (Managing Editor) is a conservation scientist smitten with the captivating birds of Australia. She is especially fascinated with social birds including Babblers, Apostlebirds, Choughs, and Fairy-wrens, and enjoys the glorious parrots and other birds that live in her community near The Royal National Park in New South Wales. Nancy is interested in revegetation efforts that restore habitat for local and migratory birds.
Ayesha Tulloch (past Managing Editor) is a conservation ecologist who specialised in mammals until she saw the light after working with Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, who quickly became her favourite birds due to their intelligence and unique personalities. Her research has taken her from studying bird observers with the University of Queensland to research on bird conservation with the Australian National University. She focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of monitoring and management of wildlife in Australia and overseas, and she is interested in how we can better use citizen science programs like eBird and bird atlases, supported by thousands of dedicated volunteers, to inform conservation efforts.