Our PhD theses (mine: 1958, Mike’s 1973) both dealt with the zonal interaction between two parapatric anuran species in south-western WA. We also shared the same supervisor – Bert Main. Thus our interests converged at this early stage of Mike’s research career. I am not sure when I first met Mike, but it was probably during the early 1970s when I was visiting UWA Zoology. Since then I have followed his research with considerable interest, not only during the amphibian phase but also the work on ticks and lizards. Throughout, his investigations were pursued with great enthusiasm and originality. Mike’s studies provide fine examples of the value of a tightly focussed and sustained approach in which a deep understanding of one’s biological subject is developed through intensive field studies. The results, reinforced by his enthusiasm and bright personality, were reflected in his presentations at scientific meetings.
So it is with sadness that I offer my sincere condolences to Mike’s family.