Tony grew up surrounded by nature and the ocean, with his parents taking him camping and diving throughout his childhood. It was during these years that he developed an affinity with nature, which evolved into an interest in biodiversity and conservation. Tony is currently in the final year of his Bachelor of Environmental Management (Hons). He is engaged in an undergraduate thesis, which aims to identify the spatial distribution and extent of current and future mining operations within Australia. The final aim of this research is to develop a predictive land-use change model which identifies where future mining threats to biodiversity exist. His main research interest is utilising geospatial data to address dominant conservation and environmental management issues. In his down time, he enjoys trail running through local bushland, finding new snorkeling spots, and listening to music.