Prof. Pauline Ladiges AO FAA

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Summary of achievements

Professor Ladiges was appointed to a “Personal Chair” at the University of Melbourne in recognition of her scientific discoveries and leadership within the university.  She has published more than 150 substantial scientific articles in refereed journals of international standing, published eight book chapters, edited three special volumes, co-authored two biology textbooks for secondary education and co-edited the first substantial Australian biology textbook used in tertiary institutions.  These three books have won prizes for Best Australian Textbook and an Overall Award for Excellence in Australian Publishing.   She has trained many postgraduate students who have gone on to important positions within Australia.

Professor Ladiges is distinguished for her studies of taxonomy, biogeography and ecology of Australian plants and was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2002.  She is best known for her innovative approach to resolving uncertainties about the classification and naming of Australia’s most important group of trees, the eucalypts.  She was the first to employ modern methods and DNA sequence comparison to establish definitively the relationships of the major groups of eucalypts and establish the basis of a robust classification, important to the forestry industry and biodiversity conservation.  She has developed new methods for biogeographic analysis, enabling identification of regions with high levels of unique species and their evolutionary history.  She trained as a plant ecologist and has a broad understanding of environmental issues and Australian ecosystems.

Present Classification        Professorial Fellow 

Previous Classification       Head, School of Botany (1992-2010), Personal Chair

Qualifications                   Ph.D. (Melbourne 1976)

                                               M.Sc. (Melbourne 1972)

                                               Dip. Ed. (Melbourne 1971)

Awards                                Centenary Medal of Australia 2003

                                               Office of the Order of Australia (2009)

                                               Elected Fellow Australian Academy of Science 2002

Other Relevant Recent Appointments (selected list)

Secretary Education and Public Awareness, Australian Academy of Science
Member, Council of the Royal Society of Victoria
Member, Research Committee Hermon Slade and Australian Pacific Science Foundations
Trustee Bjarne K Dahl Trust
Member, Parks Victoria Scientific Advisory Committee
Member, Advisory Board, Australian Urban Ecology Research Centre
Member, Advisory Board, Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis
Editor, Journal of Biogeography
Vice-President, International Botanic Congress 2011

Past organisations and committees (selected list)
Member, Board of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria (RBG) 1992-2002 and Deputy Chairman of the Board 1996-2002;
Non-Executive Director Yarra Valley Water Ltd (1998-2008)
Member, Australian Biological Resources Study (1996-2000), Deputy Chairman (1999-2000)