TIM LAVERY FRGS FRCGS FLS
Experienced Consultant, Award-winning Program Manager, EdTech Specialist and Publisher. Back to the Future of Education, Teacher CPD and Technology in Schools
Entomologist and Project Manager with 25+ years experience working for a wide variety of clients including rural communities, government, NGOs and international businesses.
Various contracts include STEP FAEWE Floodplains Project (EU) which spanned several years and the identification to species level of over 250,000 insects; Specialist Entomological Studies including Status of Species in EU Habitat Directive for the Irish Government; Species Identification and Taxonomic Studies of invertebrates in the collections of Royal Belgian Institute, Royal Museum of Scotland, Ulster Museum and National Museum of Ireland. Recent ongoing research involves behavioural and control studies of various insect pest species including cockroaches and bedbugs. Field-based, laboratory and desktop studies' undertaken.
In 1985 he founded Country Watch Ireland, an environmental awareness and educational organisation which still operates to this day. He published Ireland’s first dedicated environmental news Magazine (Irish Environment News/IEN). IEN published the first review of the conservation status of Irish Butterflies and worked to promote the activities of Ireland’s voluntary environmental organisations including the IPCC and Crann when they were just fledgling organisations.
Over the years Country Watch has developed a reputation for its invertebrate identification service and has frequently been contacted by the media to provide identification of “mystery bugs.” Tim has earned numerous Awards for his contribution to invertebrate conservation and awareness including three Resource Ireland Awards, several Environment Awareness Awards, Local Hero Award and most recently was an Inspired IT Awards winner.
In 1989, the European Commission and the Department of the Environment (Ireland) acknowledged him for his “outstanding contribution to Environmental Awareness”. The Royal Irish Academy has awarded him the prestigious Lloyd-Praeger Grant for entomological fieldwork in Ireland on numerous occasions over the past three decades.
Always at the cutting edge of his field, back in 2008, Tim developed with partners Microsoft, a world first education project that saw a group of Irish Secondary School students being the first to participate in real-life scientific research on the Antarctic Peninsula while broadcasting live results using nascent streaming services over BGAN Satellite comms.
In January 2012 he launched the World Explorers Bureau, an agency representing some of the world's most accomplished, exciting explorers, adventurers and scientists with offices in the UK and US. In June 2014 Tim received acknowledgement from Radio Kerry for developing this innovative business with a Radio Kerry Business Award.
In 2014 he launched, edited and published in cooperation with industry partners, the Ripcord Adventure Journal, dedicated to publishing authentic adventure travel articles, which has had over 12 million views. In February 2020, Tim launched a new magazine, the Irish Explorer's Journal dedicated to showcasing the outdoors and heritage on the island of Ireland.
On the scientific side, Tim is a pan-european specialist in invertebrate taxonomy. Author and editor of numerous books, he has published over 20 scientific papers ranging from ecology to new species descriptions. In 1992 the estate of Norman Hickin (Rentokil's Scientific Director) invited Tim to edit Dr. Hickin’s lifetime research on the Butterflies of Ireland, which was published in 1992. He is currently working on a number of books including a biography of Dr Hickin, a field guide to pest insect species of Ireland and a review of insect illustrators over the centuries.
Elected as a Fellow to the Royal Entomological Society, Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Linnean Society of London.
Award-winning Scientist and Educator.
Connecting with World-Class People on World-Class Projects. Project Management and Consultant Entomologist.