Tyrone is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland. For the past four years, his research focus has been towards the conservation of mammals in Australia and Melanesia (New Guinea and the Solomon Islands). He is particularly interested in biogeography (where species occur and why) and taxonomy (classification of species).
He spends a great deal of time in Northern Melanesia (the Solomon Islands and Bismarck Archipelago). For birds, this area has helped developed important theories of biogeography and how species evolve. In comparison, we know little about the region's mammals. It is likely that new species remain to be discovered and many have not been seen since they were first identified in the early 1900's.
Tyrone is presently working with the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund to support conservation initiatives in the Solomon Islands.