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          Dr Victoria L Welch is a Research Biologist and Science Writer. After a varied international academic career, she moved into science communication, where she has been involved in a mixture of print and digital magazine work, editing, public talks and technical ghostwriting. You can download her scientific papers free (full text) here.


As a writer, Victoria is best known for her print-magazine work on wild animals, zoology etc.

In October 2017 she became editor of TheGreatestMinds.co.uk.




Scientific Background: 


 Victoria began her career at the Universities of London and Oxford, England with short periods of research conducted elsewhere. She then gained an 1851 Fellowship for her post-doctoral work from The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Most of Victoria's  scientific work concerns animal coloration, structural colours, photonic crystals, fluorescence etc.


  In 2008, Dr Welch  moved to the University of Namur, in Belgium, where she was hired as  Research Biologist and, ultimately, also as a Lecturer in Science Communication  ("Maitre des Conferences") by the late Prof. J.-P. Vigneron.

Subsequent activities have included technical writing, editing, scientific ghost writing, producing reports for government funding bodies and popular science. Victoria worked on various projects concerned with evaluating the implications and implementation of scientific research, plus more straight-forward science reportage, articles & commentary. Much of this work was done under the penname V. Neblik.


               The bulk of Victoria's published scientific research, concerns Animal Colouration, especially Structural Colouration; with some later work on Insect Fluorescence.