Profile, duties and tasks of the
Australian Botanical Liaison Officer
On behalf of the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), Council of Heads
and Australian Herbaria (CHAH) and the Australian botanical community, the ABLO
- Service botanical enquiries from, and provide support to, members of the
Australian botanical community, in particular in relation to the Flora
of Australia, Fungi of Australia, Algae of Australia, and related projects
- Locating, inspecting and reporting on type and other specimens in Royal
Botanic Gardens Kew (K) and, as possible, other European herbaria, pertinent
to increasing the understanding of the Australian flora.
- Facilitating the provision of reasonable numbers of appropriate digital
and other images of Australian type and other specimens for Australian
- Contributing to a register of images of type specimens of Australian
and related species available to Australia botanists.
- Seeking out, inspecting and reporting on obscure botanical literature
in RBGK and, as possible, other European herbaria, and arrange for reasonable
numbers of appropriate articles to be copied for Australian botanists.
- Visiting selected European herbaria to locate, inspect, photograph or
copy obscure botanical materials.
- Assisting Australian botanists visiting K and other European herbaria,
in particular by providing orientation and introductions.
- Maintaining and reporting on the status the ABLO library, microscopes
and other equipment.
- Contribute to harmonious and mutually productive working relationships between
the ABLO, the Australian botanical community and staff at K, in particular
- Assisting K staff with the curation of its Australian collections and
servicing enquiries from K staff about the Australian flora.
- Maintaining friendly and cooperative relationships with K staff.
- Attending K herbarium staff meetings and seminars as appropriate.
- Presenting seminars to K staff on the work of the ABLO, the Australian
botanical community and on personal research.
- Contribute to an K node or resource for the Australia's Virtual Herbarium
project, in particular by:
- Providing a focal point for K participation and interaction with the
- Seeking out and recording key, priority or strategic Australian specimens
- Seeking out and recording nomenclatural and taxonomic information of
key, priority or strategic Australian plant species.
- With RBGK staff, facilitate preparation of digital images of type specimens
of Australian plant species to be made available on the Internet.
- Undertake personal botanical research projects approved by CHAH and the
ABRS Advisory Committee to enhance the collective knowledge of the Australian
- Prepare a formal 6-monthly report for ABRS and CHAH or a report within one
month of completing the tour of duty as ABLO in the event that the tour of
duty is for less than 6 months, addressing each of the above duties, and prepare
3-monthly general reports suitable for publication in the Australian Systematic
Botany Society Newsletter.
COUNCIL OF HEADS OF AUSTRALIAN HERBARIA
2 JUNE 2003