Professor Tim Flannery

Professor Tim Flannery

An internationally acclaimed writer, scientist and explorer, Professor Tim Flannery has published more than 130 scientific papers and has written many books, including his recent bestseller on global warming, The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change. As a young scientist his PhD researched the evolution of kangaroos. From there Tim’s scientific expertise ran from zoology, to palaeontology, and later to climate science. He spent a year as professor of Australian Studies at Harvard, where he taught in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary
Biology.

In 2007 Tim was named Australian of the Year in recognition of his contribution to the environment and other fields. His research as a field biologist in New Guinea prompted Sir David Attenborough to describe him as being in the league of the world’s great explorers. Following this passion for exploration Tim has edited and introduced many historical works on the exploration of Australia, including Terra Australis: Matthew Flinders’ Great Adventures in the Circumnavigation of Australia, and The Life and Adventures of William Buckley. He writes regularly for The New York Review and the Times Literary Supplement. From 1984 to 1999, he was Principal Research Scientist in Mammalogy at the Australian Museum in Sydney. In 1999 he was appointed Director of the South Australian Museum and a professor at the University of Adelaide. In 2005, he was honoured as Australian Humanist of the Year. Tim is currently chief councillor at the Climate Council, Professor of Sustainability at Melbourne University, and a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. He was made a Chevalier of the Order of St Charles in 2012. Tim has appeared on many documentary series over the years, including his journeys with John Doyle; Two Men in a Tinnie, Two in the Top End, Two on the Great Divide and Two Men in China.

As Tim travels around Australia with Coast, he brings his extensive scientific knowledge along with his love of the history of exploration and discovery.