Jasmyn Lynch

Principal Ecologist

Jasmyn is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Management at the University of Canberra. She is a dedicated, innovative conservation ecologist with research expertise on rare and threatened species; biodiversity patterns and processes; wetland assessments; and environmental management frameworks.

Jasmyn works in areas of ecological complexity and integrative or transdisciplinary synthesis to improve biodiversity conservation outcomes. The complexity can be in definitions, ecosystem structures or processes, or the types of knowledge and people important for conservation. Her research has extended from the genetic scale, through species autecology, regional ecology, global patterns of biodiversity, to the application of science to conservation policy and environmental management.

Her focus is on plants as fundamental components of ecosystems, rare or threatened species as indicative of processes affecting biological diversity, and on wetlands, which are critical ecosystems under high levels of threat globally. She has extensive (28 years) experience on environmental issues, having worked with the Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland, Western Australian and ACT governments, the University of Queensland, University of Tasmania, University of Canberra, and Indigenous representatives of Cape York Peninsula and Papua New Guinea on national policy development and implementation, regional conservation programs, field surveys, data collation, analysis and reporting. This has included conservation and environmental management issues across Australia with fieldwork in semi-arid, tropical, subtropical, temperate, mediterranean, subantarctic, subalpine and wetland ecosystems.

Jasmyn is a proficient writer and editor, with over 40 publications including 33 refereed journal articles, and 36 unpublished environmental management and botanical survey reports. I was the Editorial Assistant (2005–2006, 2008-2011) and now Associate Editor (since 2015) for the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management; the Subject Editor for Australasian Biodiversity (since 2014) and Orchidaceae (since 2016) for the Nordic Journal of Botany; Co-Editor of Quaternary Australasia (2012-2013); the 2011 series editor of the University of Ballarat’s Centre for Environmental Management Monograph Series; and the editor of three higher degree research theses (University of Queensland, University of the Sunshine Coast).

Experience

Professional affiliations

ACT Flora and Fauna Committee/ ACT Scientific Committee 2012-18

ACT NRM Council 2013-18

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Management Sub-committee 2014-16

Mulligans Flat Sanctuary Ecosystem Management Panel 2016

Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand

Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, Associate Editor

Nordic Journal of Botany, Subject Editor

Australasian Biodiversity and Orchidaceae, Subject Editor

Projects

Assistant Professor, Environmental Management—2011-current, Faculty of Applied Science, University of Canberra

The Piku Project: community-led conservation

The pig-nosed turtle is important to the people of the Kikori region because of the value placed on its meat and eggs for food and the iconic status of the turtle (it features on the 5t coin of PNG). Many turtles and eggs are eaten in the villages where they are caught or collected. Many are sold or traded through the markets and the monies used to purchase other foods or goods.

This project aims to gather strategic data on the nesting biology and harvest of the pig-nosed turtle in the Kikori River catchment to inform effective community action for conservation and sustainable use of this important resource.

Project team: Arthur Georges, Carla Eisemberg, Jasmyn Lynch, Eric Manasi, Yolarnie Amepou (IBR, PNG), Benedict Yaru

Enhancing conservation and cultural knowledge through orchids of Papua New Guinea

This project will contribute to a greater understanding of the orchids of the Torricelli Mountains, Sandaun Province, in north-west PNG, and their conservation needs. Using a transdisciplinary approach, our project will evaluate scientific, historical and cultural knowledge on the distribution, ecology, local Indigenous values and uses, and past and present cultivation of local wild orchids.

The primary outcomes of the project will be an assessment of the conservation requirements of these orchids as an iconic group of plants that can be a focus for raising conservation awareness, while building on local socio-ecological knowledge, skills, capacity and development.

Project team: Jasmyn Lynch, Jim Thomas (Tenkile Conservation Alliance)

Jasmyn Lynch

Expertise

Biodiversity conservation

Landscape restoration

NRM program design and management

Pest and weed control

Threatened species management