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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: 

            Help in using TERN data and other infrastructure:


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.

Knowledge brokering, engagement and partnerships


Dr Bek Christensen

Science Partnerships Manager

Bek has a background in ecosystem research and policy, and completed her PhD in evolutionary ecology in 2008. She has worked across university, state government, and NGO contexts, and has diverse networks across the ecosystem science and management communities in Australia. Bek enjoys finding, designing and building connections and processes to help people work together more effectively. She has a strong appreciation of the vital role that good communication plays in bridging gaps, facilitating change, and opening new possibilities. When not in the office, she enjoys standup paddling, bushwalking, cooking, and plotting her next travel adventure.

You can contact Bek by phone on (07) 3346 3141 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.

A/Prof 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.



Dr Siddeswara Guru
Data Science Director

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.


Yi Sun

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.




Catherine Stubbs

Administration Officer

Catherine graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Architectural Design and some diverse skills including planning, problem solving, attention to both the big picture and the small detail, as well as a particular interest in design with environmental awareness. Catherine has previously worked as an intern in the Faculty of Science helping develop a research infrastructure portal, and later on a casual basis at TERN whilst spending the rest of her week in a customer service role, exercising effective communication skills. Outside of work, Catherine enjoys the beach, drawing, and a scenic hike.

You can contact Catherine by phone on (07)  3346 9097 and by email.



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