Threatened Species Scientific Committee and Threatened Ecological Communities Scientific Committee

The Western Australian Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) Threatened Ecological Communities Scientific Committee (TECSC)  are appointed by the Minister for Environment, with administrative support provided by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

The role of the committees is to:

  • provide advice to the Minister on the listing of threatened species, extinct species, threatened ecological communities, collapsed ecological communities, and key threatening processes under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016;
  • review and make recommendations annually to the Minister on threatened species (plants and animals) and threatened ecological communities;
  • allocate the threatened species and ecological communities to IUCN categories of threat, for endorsement by the Minister; and
  • provide advice and recommendations to the Director General in respect of research and management needs arising from the reviews of the threatened species and ecological communities lists and threat categories.

The committees meet at least annually to consider any nominations received since the previous meeting.

The Terms of Reference for the TSSC and TECSC, and further details on the committees’ roles is in Ministerial Guideline 1

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pdf Ministerial Guidelines 1: Nominations for Threatened Species, Threatened Ecological Communities and Key Threatening Processes 265.75 KB

Contact details

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Mailing address:
Threatened Species Scientific Committee or Threatened Ecological Communities Scientific Committee
Species and Communities Program
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Locked Bag 104
Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983

TSSC Membership List for 2019-2021

Chair
Dr Andrew Burbidge

Members (Alphabetical order)

Member General area of expertise

Dr Ken Atkins

Vascular flora, especially threatened flora

Dr Andrew Burbidge

Threatened species, especially vertebrate animals

Dr Rob Davis

Frogs, reptiles and birds

Prof Kingsley Dixon

Flora ecology and conservation management. Member CTSSC

Dr Mark Harvey

Arachnids and millipedes, short-range endemic invertebrates

Dr Melinda Moir

Terrestrial invertebrates, especially insects

Dr Antony Start

Flora and fauna survey, research and conservation

Dr Vicki Stokes

Avian fauna and general vertebrates

A/Prof Kristin Warren

Birds, mammals and reptiles, animal health

Dr Colin Yates

Flora conservation, genetics, threatening processes and threatened species modelling

TECSC Membership List for 2019-2021

Chair
Dr Greg Keighery

Members (alphabetical order)

Member General area of expertise

Ms Val English

24 years’ experience in work on threatened assemblages throughout the State and application of listing criteria to ecological communities.

Dr Bill Humphreys

Recognised expert in relation to underground fauna, with 50 years’ experience in survey and taxonomy.

Mr Greg Keighery

40 years' experience in biological surveys throughout the State and a recognised expert in the State’s flora and vegetation, and weeds.

Ms Vicki Long

34 years' experience in survey and management of Pilbara and Kimberley flora and vegetation.

Dr Ben Miller

20 years' experience in research into distinguishing plant communities, and restoration ecology.

Dr Melinda Moir

20 years' experience in research in terrestrial invertebrate assemblages and their conservation.

Dr Andrew Storey

More than 30 years’ experience in aquatic ecology and extensive experience in the application of listing criteria to ecological communities.

Ms Denise True

30 years’ experience in vegetation surveys and analysis, especially in the Pilbara and wheatbelt.

Dr Eddie van Etten

18 years' experience in plant ecology and vegetation analysis, and restoration ecology.

Dr Stephen van Leeuwen

38 years’ experience in biodiversity surveys in WA. Recognised expert in Pilbara and western desert flora and fauna