Professor Roger Kitching AM is Emeritus Professor of Ecology at Griffith University’s School of Environmental and Natural Sciences. Before 1992 he was Professor of Ecosystem Management at the University of New England. He has served as Chair of the National Biodiversity Advisory Council, as Member and Chair of several technical and scientific advisory committees for federal World Heritage Areas, and as Special Commissioner on a federal Resource Assessment Commission inquiry. He was Coordinating Lead Author for the Australasia Chapter in the 5th IPCC Report.
Professor Kitching is a rainforest ecologist with special expertise in the biology, conservation and management of invertebrate biodiversity. He recently led major projects in Queensland examining the response of biodiversity to projected climate change. He has on-going research interests in forests from France to Borneo, Australia to Panama. Kitching is the author or co-author, editor or co-editor of 12 books on a range of ecological subjects and has authored or co-authored over 220 refereed scientific articles.
Kitching was a lead scientist, node director and member of the executive of the CRC for Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Management for 13 years. He was a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University in 1998-99, a Queensland/Smithsonian Research Fellow in 2004, and held visiting prize professorships at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006 and 2014, and the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse in 2012. He received the Gregor Mendel Medal for Biological Sciences from the Czech Academy of Sciences in 2017. He was made a member of the Order of Australia on 2010.