Advising on The Australian Landscape Science Based on the Blueprint of the Australian Landscape
The Independent Scientists Panel consists of the Convenor and scientists that are independent of TALS Institute and
- have expertise some or all aspects of The Australian Landscape Science ('TALS'); and
- are familiar with the TALS Approach.
PROF TED LEFROY
Prof Ted Lefroy is Associate Head Research at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania.
He is a co-editor of the book ‘Agriculture as a Mimic of Natural Ecosystems’ (1999)
Ted has held research positions with The University of Western Australia and CSIRO where he studies the environmental impacts of agriculture.
His interests and teaching include agroforestry, perennial plan-based farming systems to restore ecosystem function in landscapes affected by salinity, erosion and habitat loss.
PETER ANDREWS OAM
Expert Landscape Practitioner & Researcher - Panel Convenor
Peter Andrews OAM is the author of 'Back from the Brink - How Australia's landscape can be saved' and 'Beyond the Brink - Peter Andrews' radical vision for a sustainable landscape'
Peter is well-known from his many appearances on ABC's Australian Story.
“We have practically no alternative to what Peter is doing. You are loosing water to the sea and never get it back again... You have to retain the water in the landscape. I put the question back: Could we afford not to take him seriously if all other scientific approaches to landscape failed.” Prof Dr Wilhelm Ripl, Land Ecologist, Tech. Uni., Berlin (quote from Australian Story ‘Of Droughts and Flooding Rains’, 2005)
“It all comes together in this very simple process that he has invented in a sense what was always there in the Australian landscape. I think Peter is a near genius. He’s a simple farmer who’s understood science better than most scientists, if not all scientists, and they come somewhat grudgingly to learn at his feet." Prof David Goldney, Landscape Ecologist (quote from Australian Story ‘Of Droughts and Flooding Rains’, 2005)
DR SAMANTHA CAPON
Dr Samantha Capon is an ecologist with over 16 years of postdoctoral experience in the research and management of biodiversity, ecosystems and natural resources management with a particular focus on riparian, floodplain and wetland vegetation dynamics. In general, her research has sought to inform water and land management, agricultural sustainability and the conservation, restoration and monitoring of riparian ecosystems, wetlands and their catchments as well as climate change adaptation for these areas. She has also increasingly been involved in applied restoration research, especially with respect to environmental flows. Samantha is strongly committed to inter- and trans-disciplinary research, and she strive for a high standard of science communication and engagement, both within the science community and between scientists and the public. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Griffith University School of Environment and Science and the Australian Rivers Institute where she teaches freshwater ecology and conservation and leads several large research projects. She was the recipient of the 2017 medal for early career excellence bestowed by ASL and is currently President of the Oceania chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists. She sits on the editorial boards of 'Scientific Reports' and 'Marine and Freshwater Research'.
DR JAN POKORNY
Jan Pokorný is the Director of ENKI (NGO), co-founder of the Rain For Climate movement as well as co-author of the groundbreaking book, 'Water for the Recovery of Climate - A New Water Paradigm'.
As a plant physiologist, Jan explains the active role of plants/trees in the local regional climate.