Tom EJ Hiney
Tom’s naturalist career was sparked in the countryside of England by Gerald Durrell books, Attenborough documentaries, and an abundance of native wildlife that visited his childhood garden. Upon leaving the UK a decade ago, Tom worked as a scuba and free-diving instructor and gained two advanced degrees in ecology and environmental impacts and aspects. Tom also managed the Cousin Island Special Reserve, a world-renowned conservation island in the Seychelles. For two years, he helped restore coral reefs, conducted population dynamics and monitored the breeding success of seabirds, tagged sea turtles, ringed critically endangered land birds, and chased giant land tortoises to measure their growth rates. Now based in Australia, Tom spends his time co-organizing an annual environmental and plastic reduction festival in Melbourne, and making Ocean Safe, natural sunscreen in between surf, ski, and wildlife trips. An ornithologist, marine biologist, and conservationist; Tom "loves anything that moves... plus a few plants."