Animal Behaviour Technician

Tom joined Elaine Murphy, Tim Sjoberg and the rest of the Lincoln University crew upon completing a B.Sc majoring in Biosecurity/Bioprotection and Conservation/Ecology, at the end of 2014. With little previous experience handling or observing wild animals, a massive learning curve ensued. 

Two years later, and Tom’s employment is split between Zero Invasive Predators and Lincoln University. Tom is responsible for setting up, reviewing and reporting on various animal behaviour trials. Other roles include caring for captive animals, developing new techniques for monitoring and controlling pests, and organising our various contractors across the country. 

When time permits, Tom enjoys crashing through the New Zealand bush, dodging wasps and testing the new and exciting technologies being trialled by the ZIP team.

On weekends, Tom can be found on cricket fields across Christchurch, on either side of the Lincoln University campus bar, or trying to finally complete his long-term M.Sc.