Neville Walsh is Senior Conservation Botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. His work involves both plant identification and classification, and, conservation. Neville's roles include naming and describing new plant species and investigating how rare species can be conserved.
Part of my job just satisfies my own interest – to know better the plants and animals that we live amongst – but also, I think it’s really important that we ensure that all those organisms that are here today will continue to be here for the future. Since European people first came to Victoria, there have been too many extinctions of plants and animals. Maybe when we didn’t understand how they lived, that was excusable, but now that we are well informed, it is not acceptable that more organisms should become extinct.