Brian Patrick, Biodiversity Advisor

Brian PatrickBrian Patrick is a professional butterfly scientist having been the author of and photographer for seven books on natural history including two that specialised on butterflies.

He has researched Lepidoptera for nearly fifty years in New Zealand and extensively overseas, producing over 250 publications on the subject.

Brian has served as a Ministerial appointment on the Otago Conservation Board, and as Past President of the New Zealand Entomological Society. Previously he was Project Leader of the Otago Museum’s Tropical Butterfly House development and has also been Director of Central Stories Museum, Alexandra, Central Otago.

With his son Hamish he authored BUTTERFLIES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC in 2012. Currently he works as a consultant scientist based in Christchurch specialising in insect–plant relationships.

As you can tell, butterflies are not only his lifelong passion but a very important part of his work.