Management Committee

Philip Roetman, Chair

Philip Roetman Philip has been involved in running citizen science projects and events since 2007. He is now the lead researcher of the Discovery Circle ( at the University of South Australia. This initiative engages communities in activities to learn about and connect with local natural environments. The Discovery Circle is running citizen science projects, interactive workshops and generating online content to promote learning and engagement. Current projects include BioBlitzes, Cat Tracker, Birding the ‘burbs, Little Corellas, FlukerPosts and Goanna Watch.


Carla Sbrocchi, Vice Chair

IMG_2827 Carla is a marine scientist who has led a variety of citizen science projects in marine and freshwater environments. Carla’s interests and activities intersect also with the world of policy and natural resource management, an area of growing interest to the field of citizen science. Carla was pleased to be involved in the early inception of the Citizen Science Network Australia, and continued her involvement in the Australian Citizen Science Association as a member of the organising committee of the inaugural Australian Citizen Science Conference. Carla continues to research, speak and publish on science and society.


Stephanie Von Gavel, Treasurer

SVG low res Stephanie von Gavel is Business Development Manager with the Atlas of Living Australia ( She has over 20 years experience in technology transfer, business development and strategy development in the life sciences area, including biotechnology, agribusiness, inclusive innovation and now biodiversity. She has a strong commitment to citizen science – having contributed to the development of ACSA as an organization, and CSIRO and ALA’s own initiatives in this space, and even participated in BioBlitz or two. Stephanie believes in the importance of citizen science as a mechanism for engaging with communities and individuals to drive a better understanding of science and science literacy especially if Australia is going to have constructive conversation about our environment and the STEM skills of our children (and adults).


Erin Roger, Secretary

Erin Roger 2015 Erin is a Senior Scientist working on citizen science for the NSW Office and Environment and Heritage. She is responsible for developing and leading citizen science projects that contribute data to the agency’s environmental research program. She works on a number of citizen science projects such as BioBlitzes, water quality testing, bird counts, photo points and digitising images for photo validation. Erin has been assisting ACSA with its strategic plan development and was on the Entity and Governance working group. She is also an author on the Australian Guide to Running a BioBlitz. Previously Erin has worked in climate change adaptation and has a PhD in terrestrial ecology.


Jessie Cappadonna, General Member

Jess_bio_QUT For the past ten years Jessie have been working as an ecologist and science communicator. As of April 2015 Jess has delved into a PhD program to investigate how to engage citizen scientists with making discoveries through sounds of nature (bioacoustics).Jessie has been involved with ACSA since the initial 2014 citizen science workshop in Brisbane. In addition to managing ACSA’s social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+) with Michelle Neil, Jess also manages this website (including responding to your inquires). Jess is also investigating past, present, and future citizen science projects being done around Australia, no matter how big or small. If you manage a project feel free to write Jess via the “contact us” page.


Libby Hepburn, General Member

Libby Hepburn Libby has been actively advocating and developing citizen science projects as a volunteer for 15 years, for 7 years leading a project to establish a marine discovery centre on the far south coast of NSW, creating wide community, scientific and political support and raising funds of over $1.6mill. and currently creating the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness ( biodiversity project with to date 200 contributors, 28 expert moderators, over11,500 records and 3 BioBlitzes with schools and community and establishing a regional science hub of 14 organisations. Having promoted the importance and value of citizen science to the establishment – scientific and political for years, it was great to help and to see the active citizen science practitioners come together in the 2015 conference as a community of practice. Libby has been active in establishing the Association, was a founder member of the ACSA Establishment Committee and its working groups, chairing the Strategic Planning working group and the working group to produce the Australian Guide to Running a BioBlitz which was launched at the 2015 conference. As a teacher, entrepreneur and adviser on organisation growth, with a profound belief in the importance of citizen science as a mainstream activity, Libby is pleased to have the opportunity to help ACSA become a positive force for the development of citizen science in Australia.


Paul Flemons, Host Institution Representative

Paul Flemons Paul is the Head of Scientific Services and Infrastructure at the Australian Museum. One of his roles is to coordinate and develop citizen science projects and Head of the Australian Museum Centre for Citizen Science. He has been working in citizen science for around 5 years and is the creator and manager of the DigiVol ( crowdsourcing website for digitising collections and capturing biodiversity data from images. He has a background in botany, biodiversity informatics and GIS.