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Professor David Lindenmayer is the Science Director of LTERN. He is responsible for the overarching strategic direction and performance of the facility.  David is a Research Professor at The Australian National University. He has worked on biodiversity conservation issues for over 25 years . He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and has won numerous awards for his work, including the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research, the Whitley Award, The Ecological Society Research Award, the Daimler Chrysler Award and the Australian Natural History Medal. He has published over 30 books and 770 scientific articles.

You can contact David by email:



Dr Emma Burns is the Executive Director of LTERN. She is responsible for the management, coordination and performance of the facility. Emma has worked in various roles with a focus on conservation ecology and management in research, consultancy and government. Emma’s doctoral thesis was on the conservation genetics and phylogeography of the green and golden bell frog. Emma's current research interests are the integration of ecological knowledge into natural resource management policy and effective ecological monitoring.

You can contact Emma by email: or phone (02) 6125 1737.





Claire deLacey is LTERN's Research Data Specialist. Her role primarily involves critically evaluating research data, interpreting statistical methods (such as sample design and sampling methods) developing and managing relevant metadata. Claire is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (MEIANZ). Subsequent to her role in consulting, Claire worked for the Environmental Resource Information Network (ERIN), Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.  During this role, Claire assisted several groups including the Water, Vegetation and Biodiversity Teams until the end of 2012, when she commenced working for the Bureau of Meteorology, working on a collaboration tasked with developing prototype environmental accounts using spatial data.  Claire is an ecologist, and has an established technical background.

Claire can be contacted by email: or by phone on (02) 6125 1869


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