Michael Tink 1

Dr Michael Tink

Principal GIS Consultant

01273 686 766

Michael has over ten years of experience working in the environment sector as a GIS specialist. With six years’ experience working in ecological consultancy, Michael is experienced in managing data, producing maps, and carrying-out analysis for the development planning process.

Since starting at Urban Edge Environmental Consulting, Michael has worked to develop our field data collection, GIS data management, and has written python scripts to streamline our data analysis processes. Prior to joining Urban Edge Environmental Consulting, Michael worked at the Ecology Consultancy for four and a half years, progressing to the GIS lead. Here he worked on a diverse range of habitat and protected species projects.

Michael is experienced in habitat modelling, having worked on projects such as the Arun and Rother Habitat Potential modelling (Sussex Wildlife Trust), Lowland Calcareous Grassland Habitat Potential modelling (South Downs National Park Authority) and Trees on The River Uck overland flow modelling (TrUck).

Michael has an MSc in GIS and Environment Management and a PhD in Environmental Sciences, both from the University of Brighton. Michael’s academic research investigated the effects of historical and contemporary landscape structure on plant biodiversity on the South Downs. A range of landscape metrics were used to assess the factors in the landscape influencing genetic and species diversity in lowland calcareous grassland plants.

When not working, Michael enjoys running, listening to music (from minimalist drone to Kylie, and everything in between), thinking about Twin Peaks, and watching football with his kids.