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Zoologist, educator, conservationist and author, Ian has worked with Coral Expeditions since 1987. Following a decade in East Arnhem Land, he was engaged as a ranger training officer with the beginning of the federal government’s first Indigenous joint land management project – Kakadu National Park. Today, Ian continues his work promoting the magic of the bush as an NT-based environmental consultant working with schools, universities and nature documentary makers like the BBC Natural History Unit and National Geographic Society. Ian continues his conservation work for federal and state governments as a consultant for many national parks across Australia. The public promotion of our natural ecosystems has taken up most of his energy in recent years. Ian greatly values his association with the Indigenous peoples across our north, many of whom have become life-long mates.
Ian speaks Djambarrpuyŋu, Warramirri and Gupapuyŋu – all local Indigenous languages visited on the Cape York & Arnhem Land itineraries. Ian says, ‘I was fortunate enough when young to be taught by traditionally-born and raised Arnhem Landers. Passing on what I learned is a privilege.’
A published author and scientist, Ian’s large bibliography includes research on ghost bats and terrestrial herpetofauna. Ian is passionate about bio-geography, traditional Aboriginal land management practices and its modern context. He cites his hero as Alfred Russell Wallace and his favourite wildlife species is the Northern Quoll.
Read Ian Morris’s ‘Reflections of a Guest Lecturer’
The spirit of Coral Expeditions lives through expedition team members like Ian Morris. Ian is a biologist, author and conservationist who is one of Australia’s most acclaimed naturalists. With a long history of working with the traditional owners of the Kimberley and Arnhem Land, Ian has an abiding love for the Top End. He also has a deep interest in the cultures and wildlife of Sulawesi and the Spice Islands. Ian has been part of Coral Expeditions for more than 15 years. Through these years, his intellectual curiosity and excitement at taking our guests to his favourite places continue unabated.