Dr. Thorne is the Principal Consultant of Noise Measurement Services Pty Ltd. He is a member of the Australian Acoustical Society and the Institute of Acoustics (UK) and is an Environmental Health Research Associate in the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health at Massey University, New Zealand.
As a Director of Planning and Regulatory Services for a New Zealand local government body and a Principal Environmental Officer for the Department of Environment and Heritage (now the EPA) in Queensland, Australia, he has extensive knowledge and expertise in environmental policy development, developing environmental management systems and land use planning. He also has considerable experience in the fields of environmental ethics and community consultation and is an expert witness in court in the field of psychoacoustics.
Bob holds a PhD from Massey University New Zealand in health science. His research work involved using advanced specialized technology for intrusive noise assessment and noise monitoring systems with simplified data analysis and information retrieval protocols. A specific application is personalized sound reinforcement for hearing assistive devices.