Tony's scientific background is ‘unconventional’ in that his work experience and formal education is principally aviation science and systems engineering based. It has included academic and scientific research and development within universities, central government agencies, and commercial industry. He has combined principal investigator and project manager roles encompassing collaborative research activities across diverse disciplines. Modelling and simulation has been a common theme in the analysis of systems, their interdependencies and identifying the root causes of complex problems.
Since moving to New Zealand from the UK in late 2005 he has been fortunate to be able to integrate his life-time interest with the environment, wildlife and sustainability with his career and professional development. In 2013 he graduated with a Master of Energy with first class honours from Auckland University, majoring in environmental resource management. He has built personal working relationships with regional councils, community volunteer groups, DOC, academia, Crown Research Institutes, Predator Free New Zealand and many others in the ecology community.
ConservationTony's outside interests are driven by his passion for the natural environment, particularly restoring and protecting New Zealand’s unique ecosystems and biological heritage. He has initiated and is actively involved in a number of community ecological restoration programmes and regularly participate at restoration workshops and conferences, advocating particularly for Citizen Science and community based conservation. Major activities have included:
Future plansTony was recently appointed as an honorary research fellow within the Department of Zoology and he views this as a great opportunity to contribute directly to frog conservation with a fantastic team of like-minded herpetologists!