In February 2002, after a career spanning over 40 years Bernie Hyland (rain forest botanist) retired from CSIRO.
Bernie first started with the Queensland Department of Forestry in 1960, in 1971 he moved to the Commonwealth Forest Research Institute, then to CSIRO in 1975 for the Division of Forest Research and finally in 1985 he transferred to the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry. From 1993 he has been part of the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research.
He was instrumental in the development of the herbarium in Atherton [QRS] which now houses approx. 130,000 plant collections. He has made significant contributions to the understanding of Australias rain forest. Bernies major project on which he has been working for approx. 40 years is "Australian Tropical Rain Forest Plants". This is an interactive identification and information system which now covers all the trees, shrubs and vines across northern Australias rain forests, published on CD-ROM and includes 2154 species. Bernies foresight in developing this product has been recognized world-wide as an innovative contribution to botany and the distribution of information, so difficult to make accessible in other ways. The rain forest key has been an extremely successful venture and Bernie should be proud of his efforts.
From February 2002 Bernie continues as a CSIRO Honorary Research Fellow to complete the Rainforest Key CD-ROM project.
Source: Pers. Comm. Judy West 2002