Congratulations to Dr Tein McDonald, ESA Member and Editor of Ecological Management and Restoration on her appointment to the Order of Australia on the 10th June 2019. Dr Mary (Tein) Christine McDonald was made Member (AM) in the General Division for significant service to conservation and the environment in this year’s Queens Birthday honours.
Tein’s passion for ecological restoration has meant she has dedicated herself to the care of her country; a long-term commitment that has seen her run a program of ecological restoration education from her own property for over 15 years. She has dedicated her life to assisting Indigenous families to maintain their links with culture and country. For Tein, the biggest payment is the knowledge transfer, friendships and community connections.
Through Tein’s initiative and leadership, we now have both National and International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration. In recognition of this achievement, the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia awarded Tein a ‘Special Recognition Award’. At the International level, Tein was thanked by the Society for Ecological Restoration for her role in facilitating the Australian National Standards into the International Standards document; the Australian standards (which Tein led) were ‘important stepping stones’ from which the new International Standards document was built.
In 1999, Tein was selected to be the first Editor of Ecological Management and Restoration from a very strong field of candidates; she has remained at the helm ever since. “I know of no other journal editor in ecology who has dedicated nearly 20 years of service to promoting Australian ecological restoration the way Tein has", says the journal’s Chair, Perpetua Turner.
Tein has also been diligent in assisting and mentoring the next generation of Australian ecologists, training them to write high quality science. Tein’s skills in research and editing have raised the bar of ecological science research and publication in Australia and overseas. This is demonstrated though the attainment by Ecological Management and Restoration of a highly sought listing on the Science Citation Index, an important measure of research recognition and influence for a peer-reviewed publication. Tein was instrumental in attaining this goal. The associated, and coveted, Impact Factor has risen from 1.139 to 1.561 in one year since listing, a huge feat considering the listing of an applied sciences journal such as Ecological Management and Restoration is in itself very rare.
Tein is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of ecologists in Australia and has no intention of ceasing any time soon. She is a beacon of leadership to the membership of the Ecological Society of Australia, the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia, and the Society for Ecological Restoration. Mostly, she is a true ambassador for bush regeneration and community engagement.
Congratulations Tein on your well deserved award.