British-born Tony Burton has graduate degrees from the universities of Cambridge and London. After three years of teaching in the West Indies, he moved to Mexico in 1979, subsequently accepting Mexican citizenship. For more than a decade, he directed Odisea Mexico, a non-profit that organized academic fieldwork, principally in the earth sciences (geography, ecology, biology), for high-school and college groups, and specialist ecotourist excursions for adults. He now divides his time between writing and working as an educational consultant, specializing in geography. He served as chief examiner for geography for the International Baccalaureate Organization from 2003 to 2009.
Until its demise in 2006, Tony edited the worldwide subscription newsletter "Lloyd Mexican Economic Report". He has translated works on Paricutin Volcano, Juan Rulfo and Lake Chapala and has authored hundreds of original travel and ecotourist articles and several academic articles on fieldwork techniques and methodology, published in both English and Spanish. He is the only person ever to have won ARETUR's "Best of Mexico" travel writing competition on three separate occasions.
His books include Islands in the Sun: St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla (Government of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla, 1977); "West Mexico: A Traveller's Treasury" (Editorial Agata, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1993); Lake Chapala Through the Ages — an anthology of travellers' tales (Sombrero Books, 2008). He co-authored, with Dr. Richard Rhoda, the groundbreaking "Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico (Sombrero Books, 2010).
For many years Tony lived in Jocotepec, a small town on the shores of Lake Chapala, with his Canadian wife Gwen, who ran a hearing-aid program for hearing impaired students. They moved to Canada when their two children were young, and currently reside on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.