Trevor H. Worthy
In the late 1980s Worthy discovered the fossil remains of three frog species from the Leiopelmatidae family, the Aurora frog (Leiopelma auroraensis), the Markham's frog (Leiopelma markhami), and the Waitomo frog (Leiopelma waitomoensis). In the 1990s Worthy discovered several fossil bird species new to science, including the Long-billed Wren (Dendroscansor decurvirostris) in 1991, the Scarlett's Shearwater (Puffinus spelaeus) in 1991, and the Niue Night Heron (Nycticorax kalavikai) in 1995. By 1998 he spend on Fiji, where he found subfossil material of the flightless Viti Levu Giant Pigeon (Natunaornis gigoura), the Viti Levu Scrubfowl (Megapodius amissus), the Viti Levu Snipe (Coenocorypha miratropica), the Giant Fiji ground frog (Platymantis megabotoniviti), and the small freshwater crocodile Volia athollandersoni. The holotypes of these species are on display in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Worthy, who worked under the contract of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology in Masterton, Nelson, and for the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa since 1991, had to stop his research work for the museum in 2005 after the funding was cut by the foundation. Since 2005 he has been working at the University of NSW and the University of Adelaide, where he received his Ph.D in 2008. In May 2011 he was awarded a Doctor of Science from the University of Waikato.
Worthy is co-author of several articles about prehistoric life in New Zealand. For the book The Lost World of the Moa (2002) he and Richard Holdaway received the D. L. Serventy Medal from the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union in 2003 for an outstanding published work about Australasian avifauna.