A wildlife enthusiast since grade school, Paul has spent his career dedicated to furthering tropical conservation.
Born in Australia and educated in the UK, at the age of eight, Paul met Sir David Attenborough and became enthralled by international wildlife conservation. By age 14, he was managing a nature reserve in London and travelling across England bird watching and volunteering in protected areas.
As an undergraduate, Paul led a series of research expeditions across Colombia. These three years in the field culminated in the creation of a new national park and four nature reserves.
He has described four bird species that were new to science, including the Chocó Vireo–which he discovered at the age of 19. In 1998, Paul was a co-founder of Colombia’s Fundación ProAves, which has become one of the most effective conservation organizations in South America. After graduating with a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2001, he accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at The Natural History Museum and was also the Biodiversity Science Coordinator in the Andes for Conservation International.
In 2002, Paul inherited a townhouse in central London and, despite being saddled with student debt, donated the entire house to a UK non-profit to benefit international conservation. Paul is a member of the Amphibian Survival Alliance’s Global Council. He joined Rainforest Trust in 2008 as the Director of Conservation and was appointed CEO in January 2012.