Ethnobotanist and Coordinator, Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre, Australian Tropical Herbarium, Department of Science, Information Technology, and Innovation, Qld
Gerry Turpin is an Ethnobotanist and coordinator of the Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre which is housed within the Australian Tropical Herbarium, Department of Science, Information Technology, and Innovation (DSITI). and has been employed by the department for 30 years. He is a Mbabaram Traditional Owner and Australia’s first formally trained Indigenous Ethnobotanist. He is currently recording and documenting Aboriginal plant use with various Indigenous ranger groups and communities in North Queensland including Cape York. Mr Turpin is committed to Indigenous ecological knowledge and its use in collaboration with western science for environmental management. Prior to this role, Gerry has worked with the Queensland Herbarium (Brisbane) carried out a revision of Regional Ecosystem surveys and Vegetation Mapping of the Channel Country in far South West Queensland.