Robin Hartley is a Forester, who has been actively involved in the development of UAV applications in NZ forestry and firefighting over the past few years.
He has a BSc Hons in Environmental Management, and a diverse background in fields such as logging, firefighting, arboriculture and conservation. He mixes his passion for everything forest, with new technologies, and through the science of remote sensing, is constantly exploring new ways of creating value for the NZ forest industry.
In his career, Robin spearheaded the creation of one of NZ's first dedicated UAV service providers to the forest industry, was part of the team that brought cutting edge UAV technology to mainstream rural firefighting, notably at the largest fire event in recent NZ history, and has worked as a trainer for UAV operation.
Currently, Robin works for Scion, NZ's Forest Research Institute, as a geospatial scientist, where he manages the UAV programme, and likes to get out to the field flying crafts as often as he can.
Originally hailing from Cornwall in the UK, Robin now lives on the North Island of NZ with his wife, where they spend their spare time working on community conservation projects.