Craig Moritz is obsessed with using genetic methods, in combination with other sources of information (phenotypes, spatial modelling etc.), to increase our knowledge of the distribution of biodiversity and of the processes that sustain it, and to develop strategies to sustain it through rapid environmental change. After long stints at the University of Queensland and as Director of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley, he has come home to ANU, where he is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Director of the ANU-CSIRO Centre for Biodiversity Analysis. And he loves field work and catching lizards.
Emeritus Professor Phil Garnock-Jones
School of Biological Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Phil is an English-born New Zealander who grew up in Wellington and studied botany at Victoria University of Wellington (BSc[Hons]) and University of Canterbury (PhD). He worked as a scientist at the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (1975–92) and Landcare Ressearch (1992–1994) and as Professor of Plant Science at Victoria University of Wellington (1994–2009), where he is now Emeritus Professor. He currently works part time at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, writing the treatment of New Zealand’s largest plant genus, Veronica (hebes and their relatives), for the on-line New Zealand Flora (http://www.nzflora.info/). Phil’s research has included the taxonomy of native plants (especially Veronica) and introduced plants (especially Asteraceae, Brassicaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Ranunculaceae), plant phylogenetics, and sexual reproduction in land plants. He is a co-author of Flora of New Zealand Vol. 4 (1988) and about 100 scientific papers and book chapters. In part retirement, he follows his interests of photography, walking, sailboats, and family history, and he blogs about plants at http://www.theobrominated.blogspot.co.nz/
Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Science, The University of Queensland
Dr Cook’s research is primarily aimed at understanding the origins, diversification and distributions of organisms, especially plants and insects in Australia. She mostly takes a comparative approach and uses molecular phylogenies to test hypotheses about ecological and evolutionary processes. Recent and ongoing topics include: understanding how interactions among plants and insects affect the evolutionary radiation of each; teasing apart the effects of extinction and speciation to understand how past climate and environmental change has shaped our biota; and investigating the relative roles of continental drift and long distance dispersal in explaining the current distribution patterns of organisms in the southern hemisphere