The ALA receives support from the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and is hosted by CSIRO. It is a node of the Global Biodiversity Infrastructure Facility (GBIF).

Advisory Board

The ALA Advisory Board supports the high-level direction and delivery of the ALA by providing vision, advocacy and advice.

  • Chair: Dr Ian Cresswell, Adjunct Professor, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW
  • Dr Bek Christensen, Programs Director of the Peter Cullen Trust and President, Ecological Society of Australia
  • Mr Matthew Miles, Principal for Environmental Information, South Australian Department for Environment and Water
  • Mr Brant Smith, Assistant Secretary, Geospatial and Information Analytics, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Dr Stephen van Leeuwen, BHP/Curtin Indigenous Professor in Biodiversity & Environmental Science, Curtin University
  • Dr Manu Saunders, Lecturer in Ecology and Biology, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England
  • Professor David Cantrill (ex-officio), Executive Director Science, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  • Ms Toni Moate (ex-officio), Director, National Collections and Marine Infrastructure, CSIRO
  • Dr Andre Zerger (ex-officio), Director, Atlas of Living Australia

Read the latest update from the ALA Advisory Board (July 2021).

ALA executive

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Dr Andre Zerger


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Mr Hamish Holewa

Chief Operating Officer