Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Dave Mallinson worked as a
horticulturist at the Australian National
Botanic Gardens (ANBG), Canberra, from
1985 to 2001. From his duties there, and
recreational activities, he developed an
exceptional ability in plant identification.
He transferred to the Australian National Herbarium (ANH) in 2001 where he undertook specimen curation for the AVH (Australia's Virtual Herbarium) project and continued as a curator for many plant families/orders, including Asteraceae and Scrophulariales.
From about 2006, he assumed responsibility for identification of specimens submitted by the public via the ANBG Plant Identification Service (the 'Public IDs').
Dave assisted with the online Census of the Vascular Plants, Hornworts, Liverworts and Slime Moulds of the Australian Capital Territory , was a major contributing author to the much-utilised Grassland Flora: A field guide for the Southern Tablelands (NSW & ACT) (1998) and later worked on a corresponding woodland flora volume.
He retired from ANH on 17th Dec 2014, and his botanical expertise, practical field-work skills and sense of humour are greatly missed.
Source: Maggie Nightingale
Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 162-163 (March - June 2015) p.41
Portrait Photo: Extracted from: 2011 M.Fagg, now in ANBG Photo Collection.
Data from 1,957 specimens