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Biographical entry Badman, Francis (Frank) (1943 - 2015)

29 June 1943
26 September 2015


Frank Badman was renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the flora and avifauna of northern South Australia. During his early career working in outback South Australia he made accurate field records for every bird he spotted, including notes on habitat and abundance during periods of flood. His work around Lake Eyre provided a sound basis for future ornithological work in the region. Major studies in which he was involved included population size of arid zone birds as affected by bores and the Great Victoria Desert Survey of 1983. Between 1878 and 2007 he made more than 12,000 plant collections for the State Herbarium of South Australia, with notes on distribution, biology and palatability. Frank Badham Memorial Herbarium, the basis of which is the Olympic Dam herbarium assembled by Badham, is at Arid Recovery, a joint conservation venture between BHP, the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Department For Environment, Water and Natural Resources.



Life event - Migrated with family to New South Wales
1988 - 1999
Career position - Botanist, Western Mining Corporation at Olympic Dam Project at Roxby Downs
Education - PhD, University of Adelaide

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Journal Articles

  • Barker, W. R. et al., 'Frank Badman, outback scientist, 29 June 1943 - 26 September 2015', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 166 (2016), 24-31. Details
  • Black, Andrew and Horton, Philippa, 'Obituary: Francis John (Frank) Badman 29 June 1943 to 26 September 2015', South Australian ornithologist, 42 (1) (2016), 31-5. Details


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