Contact us

General enquiries and deliveries can be directed to the TERN central office:

Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)
Goddard Building (Bld #8)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia

TEL: +61 7 3346 7021

FAX: +61 7 3365 1423

EMAIL: General enquiries: 

            Data enquiries: 

            Communications and media enquiries: 


You can also contact one of the TERN central team directly:


TERN Executive


Dr Beryl Morris
TERN Director

Beryl brings a wealth of experience to her leadership role at TERN, with a background as a former R&D sector CEO and Director of listed and unlisted companies in both the not-for-profit and private sectors. She is a Fellow of each of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and the Royal Entomological Society of London, as well as a Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

Her postgraduate qualifications are well-balanced across science, management and education and she has a broad background in successfully funding and commercialising technology from the biotechnology and life science fields. She has worked in CSIRO, museums, companies and universities, and maintains an active teaching and research profile in forensic entomology.

Beryl commenced as Director of TERN in August 2016, but has been involved with TERN since its inception through her ongoing role with the Faculty of Science at UQ, TERN’s host institution. She looks forward to stewarding TERN through continued achievements into the future, ensuring it continues delivering critical data and services for environmental management and research in Australia and globally.

To contact Beryl, please call (07) 3346 7020 or send her an email.

Professor Andrew Lowe
TERN Associate Science Director

Andy is Chair in Plant Conservation Biology at the University of Adelaide, Acting Director of the South Australian Museum, and Principal Advisor – Biodiversity Research Partnerships to the SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

He graduated from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, with a PhD in Plant Evolutionary Biology in 1997. Since then he has worked in Australia and internationally in a broad range of basic and applied research in ecological, evolutionary, biodiversity and landscape genetics and genomics. His research aims to understand and develop management strategies for a range of landscapes: historical, contemporary and future; intact, fragmented and exploited.

To contact Andy, please send him an email.

Knowledge brokering, engagement and partnerships


Associate Professor Nikki Thurgate
Collaborations and Partnerships Director

Nikki is a vertebrate ecologist with a PhD from the University of New Orleans. She has primarily undertaken research using reptiles, amphibians and small mammals as model organisms to better understand processes contributing to extinction. All of her research has been applied with a strong emphasis on providing scientific outcomes that inform management. She has also worked in a number of positions in State and Federal government. Nikki is passionate about using ecological science to drive environmental decision making. When not working she enjoys cooking, hiking and playing with her dogs.

You can contact Nikki by phone on (08) 8313 1259 and by email.

Mark Grant 
Communications and TERN eNewsletter Editor

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management) from the Australian National University (ANU), Mark has worked in many fields in both Australia and overseas ranging from water resource management, ecological monitoring and sustainability science to education and international development. Mark has worked in two federal government departments and has spent time in Vietnam working in water resource management as an AusAID Australian Youth Ambassador for Development. Through these positions, his time teaching English in Okinawa and past study, training and volunteering, Mark knows that good communication is an absolute necessity in science.  When not at work Mark’s most likely out riding his bicycle or learning how to SUP.

You can contact Mark by phone on (02) 6100 8333 and by email.



Dr Siddeswara Guru
Data Integration and Synthesis Coordinator

Siddeswara Guru has a strong research and management background with a PhD from University of Melbourne and MBA from University of Tasmania. After completing his PhD, he worked as a Postdoctoral fellow in the CSIRO Tasmanian ICT Centre, Data Management Officer in CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, and a Data Scientist in the Australian Ocean Data Network Development Office.

You can contact Guru by phone on (07) 3346 3125 and by email.



Senior Software Engineer

Yi completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and a Masters of Engineering from the University of Queensland. He is interested in software engineering and utilizing his technical skills to solve data-driven problems. Prior to joining TERN he has worked as web developer and software engineer both in Australia and overseas.  When not working, Yi enjoys drumming, cooking and traveling.

You can contact Yi by phone on (07)  3346 1663 and by email.



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TERN is supported by the Australian Government through the National
Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy(NCRIS).