- BS in Physics at BYU
- PhD in Planetary Science at the University of Arizona
Brother Tonks was born and reared in Teton Valley. Science always fascinated him, and he began preparing for a career in Astronomy by majoring in Physics at Ricks College. He transferred to BYU, where he completed his BS in Physics and married his sweetheart, Nancy. After graduating, he taught at the Naval Nuclear Power School. Upon completing active duty, he finished his PhD in Planetary Science at the University of Arizona, and has been teaching here at BYU-Idaho since 1993. He and Nancy have four children and he enjoys racquetball, basketball, singing, reading, and writing.