Len's passion is the natural environment. He has worked in research, management, ecotourism and education for more than 50 years.


He is recognised as one of the world's foremost authorities on the Great Barrier Reef and is presently Chairman and CEO of the Corals of the World Foundation.

He has worked throughout the world including the Great Barrier Reef, Kimberley Coast, Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay, Rowley Shoals, inland Australia, PNG, Hawaii, Line Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, Niue, Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Easter Is, Pitcairns, Fiji, the Red Sea, Indonesia, Mediterranean, Caribbean, The South China Sea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, and the Middle East.

Len was the founder and owner of "Wild Discovery Guides"

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Len has two species of coral named after him in recognition of his contributions to marine science.
He was chairman of Dive Queensland for 2 years and on the Council of the Australian College for Seniors.
Len also worked on the wreck of the HMS Pandora for six seasons with the Queensland Museum and is a past director of the Pandora Foundation.
He is a prolific author, lecturer and underwater photographer.
At the University of Queensland he established AustraLearn and TraveLearn.
He retired from James Cook University (Adjunct Senior Lecturer) and as an Honorary Associate in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of New England.

Author of :
Wild Discovery Guides - Australian Seashores
Wild Discovery Guides - Kimberley Coast - PDF
Wild Discovery Guides - Ningaloo Reef - Shark Bay and Outback Pathways - (with Susie Bedford)
Wild Discovery Guides - Best Desert and Savannah Tracks - atlas and guide (with Ian Glover) which won two international awards.
Wild Discovery Guides - Flinders Island Tasmania
Wild Discovery Guides - Australian Wildlife - ROADKILL
The Great Barrier Reef - BBC Earth Murdoch Books
eBook Wild Discovery Guides - Rowley Shoals - A diving and fishing guide

Other media activities include:

French Ushuaia - for Canal 1, the award winning Channel 9 Inside the Reef series and he has appeared on Discovery, BBC, SBS2 and Fox.
He was talent on "Roadkill" - SBS Viceland's 8 minute special