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About the ABS Flying-Fox Expert Group

The Flying-fox Expert Group (FFEG) is the primary source of reliable, accurate information on Australian flying-foxes. The FFEG comprises flying-fox specialists representing research, advocacy, government, industry, education and carer networks.  The FFEG encourages a scientific and sustainable approach to flying-fox management and conservation in Australasia.


The FFEG was formed in 2014 as a subcommittee by the Australasian Bat Society (ABS) Executive under the ABS Constitution in order to assist the ABS President with engagement in public debate, in issues concerning flying-foxes, and to ensure that the ABS’ position is defensible, unassailable, and based on published science and expert advice. The FFEG convenors can be contacted at [email protected]

FFEG Convenors 

Jess Bracks,

Maree Treadwell Kerr


ABS Vice President

Dr Monika Rhodes


ABS President

A/Prof Justin Welbergen

The FFEG is convened by Jess Bracks and Maree Treadwell Kerr. Their role is to coordinate the FFEG members in responses to flying-fox issues including formal submissions and comments on referrals, represent ABS at National Flying-fox forums and develop and  disseminate information and resources to assist managers and  stakeholders achieve  nationally coordinated and consistent  management of Australian flying-foxes for the benefit of both people and flying-foxes.


The FFEG membership comprises of general members and advisors: 'general members' assist the coordinators  in  responses to issues and other tasks; 'advisors' advise on scientific and other expertise matters as needed. The ABS First Vice-President is responsible for overall coordination and information flow between the FFEG Convenors and members of the ABS Executive, including the ABS President.



Jenny Maclean

Debra Melville

Jess Mitchell

Sue Morris

Beth Noel

Lucy Norman

Tim Pearson

Glenda Pym

Dr Hugh Spencer

Narawan William


Dr Tania Bishop

Dr Carol Booth

Dr Peggy Eby

Jennifer Davis

Nick Edards

Dr Les Hall

Prof Stuart Parsons

Jo Towsey

Dr David Westcott

Trish Wimberley

Dr Merlin Tuttle

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Dr Andrew Breed

Amanda Lo Cascio

Dr Martin Cohen

Janine Davies

Jan Davey

Naomi Downey

Una Greco

Judith Hopper

Imelda Jennings

Barbie Lindsey

General Members