Science Advisory Group 

The Science Advisory Group (SAG) provides scientific advice on knowledge gaps and key risks.

The SAG comprises nominated representatives from all affected states and territories with collective expertise in aquatic ecology, fish virology/epidemiology, water management, social science and human health.

The group has been instrumental in developing the Strategic Research and Technology Plan. The research conducted under this STRP will help the NCCP better understand to make informed decisions on carp control.

Members of the SAG toast the sign off on the Strategic Research and Technology Plan in Canberra, May 2017.

Member affiliations and qualifications for the Science Advisory Group

Name Job title Affiliation Expertise
Peter O’Brien
(Chair)
Principal consultant Peter O’Brien Consulting Vertebrate pest control, research procurement, governance. Peter is a former FRDC board member.
Andrew Norris Senior Fisheries Biologist Queensland Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries Fish Biology
Ken McColl Senior Veterinary Pathologist CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratories Virology, fish diseases
Qi Feng Ye Principal Scientist, Science Leader (Inland Waters and Catchment Ecology) Primary Industries and Regions SA – SARDI Aquatic Sciences Freshwater ecology and biology, including fish biology
Dean Gilligan Senior Research Scientist NSW DPI Fisheries Freshwater fish biology and ecology
Matthew Flood Assistant Director, Fisheries Branch, Sustainable Agriculture and Fisheries Division Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Fisheries science, aquaculture, fisheries policy
Jarod Lyon Principal Research Scientists and Section Leader, Applied Aquatic Ecology Arthur Rylah Institute Freshwater ecology
Jenny Firman  Principal Medical Adviser Office of Health Protection, Australian Government Dept of Health Human health
John Diggle  Director of Inland Fisheires Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Service Freshwater fisheries biology, ecology, and management
Justin Brookes  Head of Dept of Ecology and Environmental Science, Director Water Research Centre The University of Adelaide Quality of source water for potable supply and river and lake ecology
Matthew Beitzel  Aquatic ecologist ACT government Fish ecology and biology
Michael Snow  Supervising Research Scientist Aquaculture and Aquatic Biosecurity Branch, Department of Fisheries WA Biosecurity, aquaculture
Paul Hardy-Smith  Aquatic veterinarian Panaquatic Health Solutions Aquatic animal health
Emily Ogier  Fisheries Social Science Research Fellow University of Tasmania – Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies Human dimensions