In the beginning... 

Board of Directors

Founder - Marnie Ogg - NSW

Marnie’s started at the grassroots of the travel industry building her own company, taking people around the world to visit places of scientific interest. She managed Sydney Observatory before devoting her time to one of her passions: preserving the night sky. In July 2016 Marnie succesfully saw the Warrumbungle National Park designated as Australia's first Dark Sky Park. Since then she has spent her time re-engaging people with the natural heritage of the night sky and reducing the impacts of lighting pollution. In 2017, Marnie was awarded the Dark Sky Defender Award, presented by the International Dark-Sky Association.


Dr Ken Wishaw - QLD

Dr Ken Wishaw is a retired medical specialist (anaesthesia and critical care). He is an honorary senior fellow and adjunct professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is the Secretary of the Brisbane Astronomical Society, and recently completed a post-graduate certificate in Astronomy at the University of Southern Queensland.

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Dr Kellie Pendoley - WA

Kellie has over three decades of experience in the

environmental management of large-scale oil and gas developments, both in Australia and overseas. With her extensive knowledge of marine turtle biology and ecology, Kellie has designed and implemented an array of programs that manage industrial activities in the vicinity of marine turtle habitats. Her work with marine turtles led to a special interest in monitoring and modelling light pollution, spending over 25 years in R&D of novel technology and techniques to quantify biologically meaningful light and educating industry and regulators on the issue.


Landon Bannister - TA -

Technical Committee Chair

Landon Bannister has been working in the lighting industry for over 20 years and is a passionate advocate for the important role lighting plays in the human experience of the built environment. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society as well as the International Dark- Sky Association and is actively involved in lighting education.

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Sofia Oliver - SA - Membership

Sofia has 20 years of experience in environmental management within both industry and the public sector across a number of Australian jurisdictions. Holding degrees in both Law and Science as well as post-graduate qualifications in Management, she has a good understanding of environmental impact assessment and approval processes and environmental performance and sustainability. Her keen interest in the natural world, frequently sees Sofia getting out in it and lying out under a beautiful, dark Australian night sky!

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Dr Theresa Jones - VIC  Chair

Therésa Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Behaviour and

Evolutionary Ecology and Leader of the Urban Light

Lab in the School of BioSciences. She is interested in

understanding the ecological impact of artificial light

at night on the fitness of individual animals and their

communities. She addresses this using a variety of species including crickets, spiders, swans, willie wagtails and the eastern grey kangaroo. Research from the Urban Light lab has linked artificial light at night with reductions in immune function, reproductive success and survival. The Urban light lab engages widely with diverse stakeholders regarding their lighting strategies.

Dr Richard McDermid - NSW - Treasurer

Richard is a Senior Lecturer and ARC Future Fellow researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University. His research interests are in galaxy formation and evolution, with particular interest in galaxy dynamics, stellar populations, and supermassive black holes. Richard also helps develop instrumentation for astronomy, and is currently Project Scientist for MAVIS - a proposed instrument for ESO's VLT. He is an Astronomy and Astrophysics Degree Director, looking after the academic interests of astronomy Major students and coordinating the astronomy curriculum at Macquarie. He teaches astrophysics, and convenes the astronomy 'PACE' unit (Professional And Community Engagement) where students undertake professional placements related to their degree.


Dr Jen Martin - VIC

Dr Jen Martin spent many years working as a field ecologist until she decided the most useful thing she could contribute as a scientist was to teach other scientists how to be effective and engaging communicators. Jen founded and leads the University of Melbourne's acclaimed Science Communication Teaching Program. Jen also practices what she preaches: she’s been talking about science each week on 3RRR radio for 15 years, writes for a variety of publications, MC’s events and was named the Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication for 2019.

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The Australasian Dark Sky Alliance accepts difference and diversity. In fact, we encourage it in our environment, man-made and biological. We know that healthy environments are those rich with variety - this is reflected in our employees, board, volunteers, products, and community. ADSA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.