Phillip Island Nature Parks aspires to maintain a world-leading research program on little penguins, advised by two committees on scientific and ethics issues.

Scientific advisory committee

The Scientific and Research Advisory Committee has outstanding external scientists who advise the Research Department and the Phillip Island Nature Parks Board on scientific issues and research directions. 

Dr Catherin Bull (Chair: Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne, Nature Parks Board of Management)

Dr Kath Handasyde (University of Melbourne)

Dr Simon Goldsworthy (South Australian Research and Development Institute)

Dr Robin (Raz) Lawson (Department of Primary Industries, retired)

Dr Adrian Moorees (Department of Environment and Primary Industries)

Dr Ian Beveridge (University of Melbourne)

Peter Menkhorst (Department of Sustainability and Environment, retired)

Dr Steven Swearer (University of Melbourne)

Ethics committee

An Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee is responsible for overseeing the adequacy and ethicality of research procedures in the best long-term interests of the Phillip Island’s fauna. The committee is independently chaired and includes external members:

Dr Kath Handasyde (Chair: Researcher - University of Melbourne)

Dr Jenny Hibble (Veterinarian)

Claire Davis (Wildlife carer)

Anne Davie (Member of public)