Alison Vaughan

Alison Vaughan

Digital Collections Advisor

Alison is responsible for the development and maintenance of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's collections database, which uses the Specify collections management system. She is a member of the Herbarium Information Systems Committee (HISCOM), the technical subcommittee of the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH), and takes an active role in the development of the Australasian Virtual Herbarium (AVH). Alison has a strong interest in the history of the National Herbarium of Victoria collection, and has contributed to various botanical history research projects. She has also served as the Production Editor for Muelleria, the scientific journal of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (MEL).

Alison is currently on leave until September 2018.


  • Refereed journal articles
  • Other

Maroske, S. and Vaughan, A. (2014). Ferdinand Mueller’s female plant collectors: a biographical register. Muelleria 32, 92–172.

Parnell, J.A.N., Womersley, H.B.S., Sinkora, D., Vaughan, A. and Huisman, J.M. (2010). W.H. Harvey's Australian Travelling Sets of algae in the herbarium of the Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL), Australia. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 110B, 119–161.

Klazenga, N. and Vaughan, A. (2014). Australia’s Virtual Herbarium hits 5 million records. Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 159, 7–10. 

Vaughan, A. and Brown, G. (2014). The University of Melbourne Herbarium: now accessible on-line via Australia’s Virtual Herbarium. Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 160, 10–11. 

Vaughan, A. (2017). The Eileen Ramsay collection at the National Herbarium of Victoria. Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 171, 18–22. 

Conference proceedings

Stajsic, V. and Vaughan, A.C. (2007). The role of the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL) in the documentation of new weeds. In Proceedings third Victorian weed conference: earth wind fire water and weeds, pp. 70–74. Weed Society of Victoria, Frankston.