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Biographical entry West, Judith Gay (Judy) (1949 - )

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Born
1949
Occupation
Science administrator and Systematic botanist

Summary

Judy West is a botanist whose research focuses on the systematics, biodiversity and biogeography particularly of the plant families Sapindaceae, Portulacaceae, Fabaceae, Caryophyllaceae. She held executive positions including as Director of the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research and as Head of Parks and Diversity Science for the Commonwealth Department of the Environment. West has played a key role in the development of policy related to the research, development and management of Australia's biological resources. She was instrumental in establishing Australian's Virtual Herbarium, an electronic database of plant information held in herbaria nation-wide.

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1972
Education - BSc (hons), University of Sydney
1973 - 1977
Career position - Tutor, Botany Department, University of Sydney
1977 - 1980
Career position - Executive Member, Conservation Council of South Australia
1977 - 1980
Career position - Member, Community Pest Plant Advisory Committee, South Australia
1979 - 1985
Career position - Secretary, Australian Systematic Botany Society
1980 - 1989
Career position - Research Scientist, Australian National Herbarium
1981 -
Career position - Member, Editorial Advisory Committee, Adansonia
1981
Education - PhD, University of Adelaide
1981 - 1982
Career position - Executive Member, Canberra and South East Region Conservation Council
1986 - 1989
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Systematic Botany Society
1987 - 1988
Career position - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
1987 - 1989
Career position - Member of Council, International Organisation of Plant Biosystematists
1988 - 1991
Career position - Member, Committee for List of Names in Current Use, International Association for Plant Taxonomy
1989 - 1992
Career position - President, Australian Systematic Botany Society
1989 - 1992
Career position - Editor, Cladistics
1989 - 1994
Career position - Director, Australian National Herbarium
1989 - 1996
Career position - Senior Principal Research Scientist and Program Leader, Australian Flora Resources and Management Program, CSIRO Plant Industry
1989 - 2009
Career position - Member, Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria
1990 - 1994
Career position - Member, Flora of Australia Editorial Committee
1991
Career position - Member, CSIRO Working Group: Biodiversity in relation to Ecological Sustainable Development
1993 -
Career position - Australian Councillor, Southern Connections
1993 - 1995
Career position - Co-chairman, Plant Conservation Task Force, IUCN Species Survival Committee
1993 - 1998
Career position - Member, Endangered Species Advisory Committee
1994 - 1996
Career position - Chairman, Flora of Australia Editorial Committee
1994 - 1999
Career position - Botany Advisor, Technical Advisory Group, GEF Biodiversity Collections Project, Indonesia
1994 - 2009
Career position - Director, Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research
1996 -
Career position - Member, Australian Biological Resources Study Advisory Committee
1996 -
Career position - Member, Flora Malesiana Board
1996 - 2000
Career position - Deputy Chair, Biological Diversity Advisory Council
1999 -
Career position - Adjunct Professor, Division of Botany and Zoology, Australian National University
1999 -
Career position - Member of Council, International Association for Plant Taxonomy
2001
Award - Nancy T. Burbidge Medal, Australian Systematic Botany Society
2003
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to the advancement of botanical science and research, particularly in the field of plant systematics, to science administration and policy development, and to the establishment of Australia's Virtual Herbarium
2009 - 2015
Career position - Head of Parks and Diversity Science, Commonwealth Department of the Environment
2009 - 2015
Career position - Executive Director, Australian National Botanic Gardens

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  • Byrne, Margaret, Broadhurst, Linda, Leishman, Michelle and Belov, Kathy, 'Women in conservation science making a difference', Pacific Conservation Biology, vol. 24, no. 1, 2018, p. 6, https://doi.org/10.1071/PC18061. Details

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