I am a retired entomologist with a background in studying quarantine pests and invasive invertebrates. I studied zoology at Imperial College (University of London) and then did a PhD on the population dynamics of a cereal aphid (Metopolophium dirhodum) in the UK. Next I spent 5 years with the British Antarctic Survey studing cold hardiness of Antarctic invertebates. I am a Fellow of the Food and Environment Research Agency where I was a Principal Entomologist until 2012. My main interests now are natural history, art, photography and bird watching.