Dr Rosemary Purdie is currently Commissioner for the Environment for the ACT Government. Formerly Director Natural Resource Evaluation and Communication in the Office of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission and earlier a Deputy Executive Director at the Australian Heritage Commission where she was responsible for natural and cultural heritage assessments and advice on heritage conservation.
Rosemary trained as a plant ecologist, and in a variety of positions has been involved in helping to describe Australia's biodiversity for many years through land system surveys, vegetation surveys, extensive botanical collecting and a short stint helping to edit several volumes of the Flora of Australia.
Her botanical collections are lodged mainly with the Queensland Herbarium and the Australian National Herbarium.
Pers. Comm. 1999