He has been an invertebrate ecologist, specialising since 1980 in auditing the biodiversity of tropical forest insects. One of the pioneers of upper canopy research in rain forests. He lectured at Leeds University for 25 years and since early retirement in 1999 has been active in environmental consultancy. He has wide experience of planning and managing scientific field surveys and research programmes for major NGO’s and parastatal bodies such as The Royal Society, London. He has written or edited 8 books and published 75 papers/articles. He has organised 2 major international conferences and acted as senior editor of 3 conference publications.
He directed the SE Asia Rain Forest Research Programme (SEARRP) of the Royal Society for 10 years. Earlier he planned the tropical forest research of Operation Drake and was Scientific Director of Operation Raleigh from 1983-87.
Part of a team working on the Bringing back Malaysia’s Insect Heritage from museums overseas by digital means. Thanks to Prof Datuk Dr Ghazally Ismail of the Malaysian Academy of Sciences for ably spearheading the drive to raise funds for this, and thanks to Bodhi Vision in KL for providing these funds. The moth biodiversity project below is benefiting from his initiative
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