John has travelled widely and published ecological surveys from Papua New Guinea and Philippines before devoting the past decade to management and ecological monitoring of the iconic Tetepare Island in the Solomon Islands, the subject of his second book “The Last Wild Island: Saving Tetepare”.
John and his wife Katherine now manage their ecological consultancy ‘ecological horizons’ (www.ecologicalhorizons.com )from their 26000 hectare heritage scrub block ‘Secret Rocks’ on Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, along with their family of three girls. Johnwith over 70 scientific publications to his name, and Katherine continue to research anything that interests them under the auspices of their association with the University of Adelaide
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Red Sand Green Heart explains how the unique wildlife and vegetation of the Australian outback have been shaped by the harsh climate of this vast, infertile land.
Through vivid, personal stories John shares his experiences as an ecologist making new discoveries, challenging conventional approaches to pastoralism, mining, tourism and environmental management.
A well told story with humourous and insightful moments about Australian ecologist John Read and his family as they battle to save Tetepare Island in the Solomons from ugly indiscriminate logging. They establish the Tetepare Descendants Association (TDA) and the book shares the challenges of different food, culture, disease and the hope of a sustainable future.