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Phillip Island Nature Parks aspires to maintain a world-leading research program on Little Penguins, coastal birds, seals and the terrestrial ecosystem of Phillip Island. Our research program is advised by two committees on scientific and ethics issues.

Scientific Research Advisory Committee

The Scientific Research Advisory Committee has outstanding external scientists who advise the Research Department and the Phillip Island Nature Parks Board on scientific issues and research directions.  

Dr Robin (Raz) Lawson (Department of Primary Industries, retired)

Peter Menkhorst (Department of Sustainability and Environment, retired)

Jasmin Hufschmid – University of Sydney 

Peter Vesk – University of Melbourne

Dr Kath Handasyde – University of Melbourne, retired

A/Prof Geoffrey Wescott – Phillip Island Nature Parks Board

Dr Kate Watermeyer – Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)

Associate Professor, Ruth Reef – Monash University

Dr Maria Schreider – Phillip Island Nature Parks Research Manager

Animal Ethics committee

An Animal Ethics Committee is responsible for overseeing the adequacy and ethicality of research procedures in the best long-term interests of Phillip Island’s fauna. The committee is independently chaired.

Click here to view the Animal Ethics Committee Terms of Reference