Prof Michelle Waycott
The University of Adelaide
Professor of Plant Systematics, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Adelaide and Chief Botanist and Head of Science and Conservation, Botanic
Gardens and State Herbarium (Department for Environment and Water).
Michelle leads and contributes to a diverse range of primarily botanical research. Her team works at the interface between several subdisciplines – species
and populations; population genetics and phylogeny; taxonomy and ecology; discovery and application; conservation and genomics; marine and terrestrial.
She specialises in investigating plants that occupy extreme environments including estuarine, marine and coastal plant groups as well as desert species
means, which are systems that are unusually challenging and complicated.
In her current role, Michelle undertakes science supporting decision-making, delivers biological research informing local to global issues, and educates
and trains the next generation of scientists. She believes our sciences should inform the community and be engaging. Michelle advocates for the fundamental
importance of systematics, evolution and taxonomy in modern science has only become stronger and … she is #iamabotanist.