I am a university teacher with independent research interests, which are summarised below. For the past 20 years I have taught undergraduates at Cambridge University, covering whole organism biology courses (including those relevant to evolution, physiology, behaviour and ecology). Over the years I have developed a special focus on bringing students up to the highest standards of science writing. More details of these courses can be found here.
Taxonomy, ecology, evolution and conservation, especially on islands. Plants and animals, especially molluscs, reptiles and bats.
Recent work has concentrated on evaluating the status of the world's invertebrates through my role as Chair of the IUCN/SSC Terrestrial and Freshwater Invertebrate Red List Authority and climate change, recently founding the Climate Change Working Group of the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. In June 2013 I became active in Partula snail conservation after a gap of 20 years. These snails are emblematic of the biodiversity crisis, with 51 of the French Polynesian species being driven to extinction within two decades. 12 species may survive in the wild and a further 11 survive only in captivity. In 2017 I surveyed the surviving populations and am now investigating the flatworm menace.
|1991||MA Zoology - Class I (Wadham College, Oxford)|
|1994||DPhil "The Ecology of the Carnivorous Snail Euglandina rosea". Department of Zoology, Oxford University. Funded by the Christopher Welch Scholarship|
Awards, appointments and fellowships:
|1990||Pacific Land Snail Group member- international conservation co-ordination group|
|1991||Royal Geographic Society fellow|
|Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles council member|
|1999||IUCN Species Survival Commission member: |
|Affiliated Researcher - University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge|
|2000||Kay Gray Memorial Award for contributions to Chelonian conservation, British Chelonia Group|
|2000-||IUCN UK Committee member|
|2009-||Academic Associate - Pembroke College, Cambridge|
|2013-||Senior Member (Teaching) - Robinson College, Cambridge|
|2016-||College Lecturer and Director of Studies (Biology) - Peterhouse, Cambridge|