BirdLife Australia's Research and Conservation Committee (RACC) is a group of highly respected scientists and conservationists who donate their time and expertise for the good of our birds and the organisation. The Committee provides advice and ensures the projects we do are relevant, strategic, and deliver effective conservation outcomes.
The current members are:
- Dr Jim Radford, Chair (Australian Bush Heritage)
- Barry Baker (University of Tasmania)
- Dr Kate Buchanan (Emu Editor / Deakin University)
- Professor Stephen Garnett (Charles Darwin University)
- Dr Raymond Nias (Island Conservation)
- Dr April Reside (James Cook University)
- Brendan Sydes (Environmental Justice Australia)
- James Tresize (Australian Conservation Foundation)
- Ayesha Tulloch (University of Sydney)
- James Watson (Wildlife Conservation Foundation)
Click here for more information about individual committee members and their expertise.
RACC also oversees a range of specialist subcommittees and reviews their recommendations for the BirdLife Australia Board. Members of all RACC sub-committees generously donate their time to support BirdLife Australia. All of these committees operate under terms of reference.
Australasian Ornithological Conference Advisory Committee (AOCAC)
The Australasian Ornithological Conference (AOC) is a biennial conference run jointly by BirdLife Australia and the Ornithological Society of New Zealand (OSNZ), with the aim of promoting ornithology in the scientific community. The conference runs within a set of policies and guidelines approved by RACC and OSNZ.
The current Chair of the AOC Advisory Committee is Kate Buchanan.
Australian Field Ornithology Editorial Board (AFOEB)
Australian Field Ornithology is BirdLife’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal publishing original papers on a broad spectrum of topics relating to Australasian ornithology, including ecology, behaviour and history of individual species and groups. It also publishes significant natural history observations and has a particular emphasis on data or observations gained in the field. It regularly includes authoritative reviews of other ornithological publications.
First published in 1959 as The Australian Bird Watcher, it took on its present title in 2003. The body of work contained in the journal has added greatly to our knowledge of Australia’s birds and continues to do so; most new Australian species records are published in AFO and it has been an important source of data for our authoritative Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds.
Editorial policy and performance are overseen by RACC. The current Chair is James Fitzsimons who is also appointed to liaise between the Editorial Board and RACC.
Emu Editorial Board (EEB)
Emu - Austral Ornithology is BirdLife Australia's premier scientific journal, which has been published for well over 100 years. Bringing together the results of the latest bird research from all over the Southern Hemisphere and the adjacent tropics, it is considered to be the premier scientific ornithological publication for the region. All volumes are available online to subscribers and a full set of the printed volumes is available in our library located at BirdLife Australia's Melbourne headquarters.
In 2008 a new Emu Editorial Board (EEB) was established to ensure that the journal meets and exceeds the high standards demanded by the wider ornithological community. The EEB comprises the Editor, Dr Kate Buchanan, and approximately 20 Associate Editors whose collective expertise spans topics relevant to the scope of Emu. Associate Editors assist in the selection of referees and make recommendations about publication of papers, advise the Editor in the development of editorial policy, and attract new authors to the journal.
Editorial policy and performance are overseen by RACC, and Dr Kate Buchanan is appointed to liaise between RACC and the Editorial Board.
English Names Committee (ENC)
RACC maintains a Working List of Australian birds. The role of the ENC is to consider the English Names for new taxa, or taxa whose taxonomy has been revised. The English Names Committee of the Royal Australian Ornithologists Union (Birds Australia) established conventions for naming Australian birds over 35 years ago (RAOU 1978), and bird names have remained relatively stable ever since.
The current Chair of the ENC is Geoffrey Dabb.
Monitoring Committee (MC)
The Monitoring Committee advises on the development and implementation of structured monitoring across a number of key BirdLife projects, primarily Birdata (formally known as the Atlas of Australian Birds), the Bird Conservation Portal, and the Key Biodiversity Areas project.
The current Chair of the MC is Barry Baker.
Threatened Species Committee (TSC)
RACC maintains a list of threatened Australian birds based on the IUCN Red List categories and criteria. To ensure that this list is maintained at the highest professional standards it is agreed that all submissions be reviewed by an expert committee with delegates chosen from around the country. The current threatened bird list is based on the Action Plan for Australian Birds 2010. The list is subject to ongoing assessment and review.
The current Chair of the TSC is Dr Stephen Garnett. Contact the TSC at email@example.com
Scientific Awards Committee (SciAC)
The Scientific Awards Committee assesses nominations for the D.L Serventy Medal, an award that honours scientists who have made outstanding contributions to publication in the field of ornithology in the Australasian region; the J.N. Hobbs Memorial Medal – which is awarded to an amateur birdwatcher who has made a significant contribution to the knowledge or conservation of birds in Australia, and Fellows – BirdLife Australia's acknowledgement that a person has made a distinguished contribution to the discipline of ornithology in Australia through the organisation either directly through ornithological research or in other, related, evidence based, scientific disciplines.
The committee is made of previous award recipients and recommends candidates for consideration by RACC and the Board. For more information and details on how to apply click here.
The current chair of the SciAC is Mike Newman.
Student Awards Committee (SAC)
The Student Awards Committee assesses applications for the BirdLife’s student awards, including the Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award and Professor Allen Keast Research Award. This committee is made up of leading researchers and scientists (many of whom are previous recipients themselves) who generously volunteer their time to independently assess the quality of student applications.
The current Chair of the SAC is Jim Radford.