Scientific Background:

I began my 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.

Thereafter, I then gained an 1851 Fellowship for my post-doctoral work. Awarded by The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, this fellowship was completed at Oxford University.

In 2008, a post was created for me as "The Research Biologist" in an interdisciplinary team at the University of Namur, in Belgium. Unsurprisingly, therefore, the bulk of my published scientific research is interdisciplinary. In particular, it concerns the biophysics of Animal Coloration, Structural Coloration and Biological Photonic Band Gap Materials (Photonic crystals); some later work also considered Insect Fluorescence.

Having conducted extended fieldwork in the USA, Australia, South Korea and elsewhere, I completed secondments to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, to The International Science Institute in Turin, Italy. Ultimately, I was appointed a Lecturer in Science Communication ("Maitre des Conferences") at The University of Namur, in parallel with my research work.

Having long been torn between research and science writing activities, when my research funding was cut, I took the oportunity to move into science writing full-time. Activities since then have included technical writing, editing, scientific ghost writing, producing reports for government funding bodies and writing, commissioning and editing popular science articles for various magazines and websites.

Although a significant proportion of my time is spent editing both journal papers and popular science articles by other scientists at various career stages, much of this work is done under non-disclosure agreements.

In 2017, I became editor of and C.E.O of The Greatest Minds Ltd. Much of my current popular science work and academic editing is conducted through that company.

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