About Us

The CERF Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN) consists of a group of leading Australian scientists in the field of taxonomy, the science that identifies and names biodiversity, who are working together to address gaps in our knowledge of Australia's biodiversity.

Research currently focuses on small terrestrial mammals, reptiles, and aquatic invertebrates, ants and weeds of national significance. The work is also improving the way baseline information is made available to end users, such as researchers, governments, universities and industry. This research network aims to be a global leader in delivering web-based information on taxonomy, and moving towards the creation of a 'one stop shop' for assessing key information on Australia's biodiversity.

Although the TRIN focus is currently limited to a small number of projects, the aim is to extend and encompass as many taxonomists and taxon groups as possible, bringing a critical mass of taxonomic research together, in order to enhance and accelerate taxonomic research and delivery of information on Australia's biodiversity, with broad goals to:
  • Reinvigorate taxonomy in Australia
  • Evaluate and road test new methodologies for research and delivery of taxonomic information for a wide range of end users
  • Create and maintain a modern collaborative national electronic framework for taxonomic knowledge delivery.



An accelerated rate of discovery, description, documentation, delivery and adoption of high quality information on Australia's biota. Mission

Through innovative approaches to taxonomic research and dissemination of relevant information we will deliver high quality scientific knowledge critical to sound and responsive decision making in conservation, management and sustainable use of Australia's biota.

Key Messages Message 1 - Purpose

The Taxonomy Research & Information Network is a multi-disciplinary collaborative research program accelerating discovery, documentation and delivery of information to support conservation, management and sustainable use of Australia’s biota.

Message 2 - Creating Knowledge

Addressing gaps in skills and knowledge of significant, iconic and diverse groups lacking expertise, is fundamental to appropriate management strategies and conservation of our unique resources.

Message 3 - Accelerating Knowledge

Innovative approaches in the taxonomic process to capturing, assembling, analysing and managing information is critical for sound and responsive decision making.

Message 4 - Delivering Knowledge

Providing freely accessible, convenient, appropriate, reliable, ready to use biodiversity information suited to the needs of users enables broad adoption and application of scientific knowledge.

Message 5 - Building Capacity

Public awareness, training opportunities, growth of collaborative clusters and community engagement will enhance Australian taxonomic capacity and understanding of the Australian biota.