I studied botany at University College, Swansea, and spent my PhD years at the University of Durham (UK) studying structure-function relationships in grass leaves, concentrating on the role of the grass ligule.
After a period of postdoctoral study in electron microscopy of plants at Durham, I spent several years as a Chartered Accountant.
In 1994 I was rescued from this and returned to science to study the cell biology of wood formation in trees at the University of Reading/IACR-Long Ashton Research Station. After 3 years there I spent a most interesting 12 months pursuing those studies in Sweden, followed by a further three years consolidating that work back at Long Ashton Research Station.
Aside from my teaching interests in 'plant biology', 'plants and people', and marine biology, I have specialist research interests in structure-function relationships in plants, UK intertidal seaweed biodiversity and distribution, and public understanding of science ('communicating the plant biology' message). This latter activity has been strengthened with my role as News Editor for the international peer-reviewed plant sciences journal the Annals of Botany via my monthly column entitled Plant Cuttings (which presents a round-up of plant-biased items from the world's media).
I also blog occasionally on the journal's blog site, and produce 'Leaves and Leather', the newsletter for the Environmental Science and Biology awards at Bath Spa University.
- BSc (Hons) University of Wales, Swansea
- PhD University of Durham.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
- Member of Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)
- Member of The European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
- Member (1994-2008) and Council Member (2003-2008) of The International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA)
- Member of The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI).