Tony has been working in the field of environmental education for over three decades with an emphasis on southeastern animals and plants. During his college years and after graduating from Georgia Southern University in 1985, he worked in a variety of positions as a naturalist in state and national parks and nature centers. Tony also worked for twenty years as a field technician and then the outreach program coordinator for the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. His job included the development and implementation of educational programs promoting ecological research to schools and the general public.
Tony now works as the education director for the Spring Island Trust. His duties include co-teaching the Lowcountry Master Naturalist Program, producing and conducting educational programs for local schools, field trips, and teacher workshops. He has written numerous newspaper columns and articles on local plants and animals for the popular media and co-wrote the book Lizards and Crocodilians of the Southeast (UGA press June 2009). Although Tony spends a major portion of his time teaching and writing, he continues his extensive field study with plants and animals of the southeast. Past research trips have taken him on excursions into the jungles of Mexico and Costa Rica to conduct studies on snakes and lizards and into the Everglades of South Florida to collect introduced pythons and endangered crocodiles.