Dr Victoria L Welch

is a Research Biologist

& 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 own scientific research 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 a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology from UCL and a DPhil in Zoology from Oxford University. 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, she 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. Jean-Pol Vigneron.


Subsequent activities have included technical writing, editing, scientific ghost writing, producing reports for government funding bodies and popular science articles for various magazines and websites. Much of this work was done under pennames. Meanwhile, the bulk of Victoria's published scientific research concerns Animal Colouration, especially Structural Colouration; with some later work on Insect Fluorescence.