Michelle is Professor of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide, as well as Chief Botanist and State Herbarium of South Australia.

With a PHD from the University of Western Australia, Michelle's knowledge of Indigenous plants is extraordinary. She's passionate about studying native plant species to better understand and evaluate them, in order to enable more effective use of the unique Australian Flora.


Dr Philip Clarke has an academic background in biology, geography and anthropology. His initial research interests were chiefly on Aboriginal use of plants as foods, medicines and materials for making artefacts, which broadened out to Aboriginal perception and use of the land.

During 1998-2000, Dr Clarke’s curated the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery Project at the South Australian Museum. He has written numerous professional papers and chapters, and authored four major books on Indigenous use of the environment. Since April 2013, Dr Clarke has participated with the Indigenous Bio-cultural Knowledge working group within The Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS).