Dr Alison Specht
Alison Specht (BScHons, PhD UQ) is an environmental scientist with broad expertise in research, teaching, and community engagement. For many years she was an academic at the University of Queensland and Southern Cross University. From 2009 to 2014 she was the director of the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (www.aceas.org.au), a facility of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (www.tern.org.au), based at the University of Queensland. She has been a member of the DataONE (www.dataone.org) Usability and Assessment Working Group since its inception in 2010, and has interests and expertise in data management and the preservation of archival data. She initiated the formation of the International Synthesis Consortium (www.synthesis-consortium.org), whose mission is to increase the effectiveness and recognition of the value of synthesis centres. Between September 2015 and January 2019 she was Director of the CEntre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity in France, CESAB.