Tony Cummings, MS


Tony has a BS in environmental studies and biology from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in environmental science from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Early in his career, he taught ecological study abroad programs in Costa Rica and then moved to North Queensland, where he taught at the Center for Rainforest Studies on the Atherton Tableland for eight years. Tony has also taught university-level ecological field studies programs in New Zealand. His main research interests involve rainforest succession, especially reforestation plantings. He is a member of the Trees for the Tablelands (TREAT) and the Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group (TKMG). Tony has worked with this program since 2002.

Courses Taught

Rainforest, Reef and Cultural Ecology Seminar
Environmental Field Studies Seminar
Independent Study Project Seminar

Select Publications

Cummings, J.A. (1989). Assessment of the distribution and successional status of recently acquired lands in the Penas Blancas Valley, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica. TRI Working Paper. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT, United States

Cummings, J.A. (1995). Biological assessment of rainforest habitat re-establishment (HR) plantings in the Wet Tropics of north Queensland. Report. Wet Tropics Management Authority, Cairns, QLD, Australia

Cummings, J.A. (2010). Observations of Forest Health along the Western Access Track of Mt Bartle Frere. Unpublished research report. Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service, Atherton, Queensland

Select Presentations

Cummings, J.A. (1994). Rainforest restoration in tropical Australia. Poster. Presented at the Society for Ecological Restoration annual meeting, Lansing,MI, United States

Robertson, P. and J.A. Cummings. (1995). The potential of habitat restoration plantings to provide habitat for the cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) in the Wet Tropics of north Queensland, Australia. Poster. Presented at the Society for Conservation Biology annual meeting, Fort Collins, CO, United States

Cummings, Tony. (2010). Knowing your community: fostering biodiversity awareness in our students’ daily existence. Presentation. Fostering Multi- Cultural Competence and Global Justice: An SIT Symposium. August 9-11, 2010.

Research Interests

Rainforest succession in habitat restoration plantings
Faunal use of rainforest restoration plantings in north Queensland


  • MS, Tropical Resources, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • BS, Environmental Biology, St. Lawrence University
Tony Cummings, MS

SIT Study Abroad

Academic Director

AUSTRALIA: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology

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