An internationally acclaimed writer, scientist and explorer, Tim Flannery (MSc 1981) 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.
Professor Flannery was named Australian of the Year 2007 in recognition of his contribution to the environment and other fields.
He writes regularly for The New York Review and the Times Literary Supplement and he has edited and introduced many historical works including The Birth of Sydney and The Birth of Melbourne.
Professor Flannery spent a year as professor of Australian Studies at Harvard, where he taught in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.
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.
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.
Professor Flannery is currently Adjunct Professor in the Division of Environmental and Life Sciences at Macquarie University - a position he has held since 2007. He is also a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.
In 2008 he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Monash.