Professor Tim Flannery is an internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, as well as prolific author and prominent climate change activist.
Tim has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has named 25 living and 50 fossil mammal species. His 32 books include the award winning The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers, which has been translated into over 20 languages. While his books Mammals of New Guinea and the co-authored Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guinea are still the most comprehensive reference works on these subjects to date. He has made numerous documentaries and regularly reviews for the New York Review of Books.
He received a Centenary of Federation Medal and in 2002 delivered the Australia Day address. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year and in 2007 Australian of the Year. In 2011 he was made a Chevalier of the Order of St Charles.
In 1998-9 he was a visiting professor at Harvard, and is a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and has served on the International Board of WWF. In 2014 he joined the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute as Honorary Professor.
In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded and heads the Australian Climate Council. He also serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board of Tata Power (India).
Tim has undertaken many expeditions throughout this region and his pioneering research and conservation work in Melanesia also prompted Sir David Attenborough to describe him as being in the league of the world’s all-time great explorers. Tim will be joining our voyage from Malaita (on Day 4) where he is currently involved in the process of setting up the largest protected area in the Solomon Islands. The reserves - containing the last old growth forest on Malaita, and a 5,000 hectare site on Bougainville, are aimed at protecting six of the archipelago's most endangered mammals.
Tim's extensive scientific knowledge along with his passion for exploration and discovery make this a once in a lifetime journey not to be missed.