Mary E White
Dr Mary E. White has said: “In the future, climate change won’t be just one of our fears, it will be the only one.” With an amazing career spanning over five decades and two southern continents, White is an accomplished and award winning palaeobotanist, lecturer and over the last 20 years author of several award winning books on the evolution of the Australian continent and its ecosystems. She is a passionate conservationist, was named a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to botany as a researcher through promotion of increased understanding and awareness of the natural world and has been awarded the Lifetime Conservation Award from Australian Geographic. In 2003 she moved from Sydney to Falls Forest Retreat at Johns River on the mid-north coast, a large property with wonderful forests, rainforest gullies, river cascades and an eco-business comprising townhouses and a conference centre. The forests on the Retreat have been covenanted and protected for all time and the property and business will have an increasingly educational role – enabling Mary to fulfill a lifetime’s ambition to conserve biodiversity and, at the same time, inspire others with an interest in, and love of, the natural world.