Professor Andrew Young

Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO; Director, National Research Collections Australia

Professor Young is based at CSIRO, Black Mountain, Canberra. He is a plant ecological geneticist, and is the Director of the CSIRO-hosted National Research Collections Australia. The 15 million specimens held in these collections, and their associated genomes and contextual data, represent a vast amount of underpinning biological knowledge about Australia’s unique biodiversity. Collections and databases are also vital to NZ’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge because they underpin significant research areas such as taxonomy, genetics and genomics, and ecology, making them vital resources for conservation as well as for primary production. Prof. Young’s work also links with the Atlas of Living Australia, thus providing a vital link to this international resource for the Challenge.

Professor Young’s interests are most closely aligned with Programme 1, Assessing our Biological Heritage.