Staff profile: Paul Flemons

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Acting Head, Science Services & Infrastructure
Collection Informatics
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I have the very interesting and stimulating job of managing the Australian Museums informatics activities. My official job title is Manager Collection Informatics and I manage the Collection Informatics Unit, a small team of very talented and skillful individuals. This role encompasses a broad range of activities ranging from standard staff management through being involved in research projects aimed at better understanding the distribution of Australia's biodiversity and managing the development of applications for accessing and visualising Museum collections through the web.

Before coming to the Australian Museum I worked for the NSW Department of Agriculture, monitoring cropping and clearing in western NSW using satellite imagery and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, researching methods for identifying native vegetation alteration using remote sensing, and applying GIS to conservation planning and natural resource management.

I have a particular interest in the development of web based applications for accessing and analysing biodiversity collection data. I manage the BioMaps web based biodiversity mapping application ( and had a major role in the development of the BioNet web mapping application ( I was also actively involved in the international georeferencing collaborative project – BioGeomancer, having input into the software design and managing the public website for disseminating information about the project ( 
I manage a range of projects involving modelling species distributions, designing field surveys, statistical analysis of the relationship between environmental variables and various measures of biodiversity.

I managed/directed the development of the following videos

  1. TAPIR video for Biodiversity Information Standards (BIS) -
  2. LSID video for BIS -


Bachelor of Science majoring in botany and marine science

Master of Applied Science in Remote Sensing


Ebbe Nielsen Prize from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (, 2007

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