Dr Victoria L Welch,
Bsc (Hons) (London), DPhil (Oxon)
Background /Career Overview
I am a biologist and writer. I worked predominantly in "pure" scientific research until 2013, but my current output is a mixture of technical (scientific) writing and popular science articles for books and magazines.
Initially, I trained as a Microbiologist at the University of London, but later moved to Oxford University to do my Doctorate on Animal Colouration.
After 2000, almost all of my scientific work was on aspects of Natural Colouration- notably Structural Colouration. This involved studies in a range of animals from Comb-Jellies (ctenophores), Jellyfish and Fish to Insects and Birds.
In 2003, I was awarded a science Research Fellowship by The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, which I held at Oxford University and spent examining beetles. Specifically, I was looking for naturally occurring photonic crystals (band gap materials) in Philippine weevils. This work involved SEM and TEM, amongst other techniques, and resulted in discoveries about the anatomy and optics of certain natural photonic crystals and related devices.
In terms of "pure" science, my most recent studies have been on Fluorescence, particularly that found in Insects, such as Beetles.
Since 1999, I have also been involved in many varied science communication projects, including writing science/wildlife articles for certain commercial magazines. As a consequence, I was appointed a Lecturer in Science Communication ("Maitre des Conferences") at the University of Namur, Belgium in 2012. Much of my more recent science communication work has been published under aliases.
2013-present: Freelance Popular Science Writer, Science Communicator and Technical-Document Editor - various projects, including-
2014- 2015: Technical Writer, BIOSTRUCT project, University of Namur, Belgium &
2012- 2013: Lecturer in Science Communication ("Maitre des Conferences") and
2012-2013:Post doctoral researcher in Biophysics, University of Namur (FUNDP), Belgium
2009- 2012: Full-time Popular Science Book writing and Freelance Science writing, UK
2008: Secondment to The International Science Institute (ISI), Turin, Italy
2008: Secondment to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel
2005-2009: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Namur (FUNDP), Belgium
2003-2005: Research Fellow, The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Oxford, UK
2000-2003: DPhil Zoology, University of Oxford & Jesus College, Oxford, UK
1996-1999: BSc (Hons) Microbiology, University College London, UK
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