A Brief History

I was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, and completed my degree and PhD at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, under the supervision of Prof. Graham Wallis.  In 1995 I moved to the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof. Godfrey Hewitt.  I subsequently obtained a lectureship there, and was later promoted to a Reader.  In 2011 I moved to Tenerife in the Canary Islands to take up a research post within the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), at the Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología (IPNA) in La Laguna.

Awards and Activities

  • Fellow of the Linnean Society (2007 – Present)
  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2009 – 2010)
  • Associate Editor of Molecular Ecology (2004 – Present)
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Biogeography (2012 – Present)
  • External examiner for the Research Masters in Biosystematics at Imperial College/Natural History Museum (2007 – 2008)
  • External examiner for the MSc in Advanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity at Imperial College/Natural History Museum (2009 – Present)
  • Member, NERC UK Peer Review College (2008 – 2012)
  • Member of the Panel of Expert Evaluators for the Belgium Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS) (2010 – Present)