This section is intended to give you some idea of my career.
My high school was Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, U.K. (Oct. 1967-July 1974).
G.C.E. examination passes :- 10 O-levels, 4 A-levels.
School of Biological Sciences, University of Wales Swansea, U.K. (Oct. 1974-Nov. 1980).
First Degree: Attended courses in Botany, Biochemistry & Chemistry
Awarded B.Sc. (Hons) Botany Class IIi (1977).
Florence Mockeridge Prize in Botany (1977).
Details of Higher Degree: Sponsored by SERC and supervised by Dr. H. Öpik and Dr. S.J. Wainwright
of the Department of Botany and Microbiology. It involved an investigation of salt tolerance in the grass, Agrostis stolonifera
. I was also joint author of two publications concerning the indiscriminate dumping of salt piles under roadside trees.
Awarded Ph.D. (1982): "Salt tolerance and subcellular localization of chloride ions in Agrostis stolonifera L." (Thesis examined by Prof. J.A. Lee, University of Manchester, U.K.).
I worked on an AFRC research assistantship in the School of Plant Biology under the late Dr. D.W. Parry
. The project involved an investigation of silica deposition in higher plants. I studied the possibility that biogenic silica might be involved in the aetiology of cancer. Work aimed at elucidating the mechanism of silica deposition was also carried out.
I held a Golda Meir fellowship in the Department of Botany, working under the late Prof. A.M. Mayer. The work involved an investigation of the physiology and ultrastructure of cultured pea roots grown under saline conditions, a study of the effects of temperature on the ultrastructure of germinating pea radicles, and the development of a cytochemical technique to locate the enzyme laccase at the subcellular level in the fungus, Botrytis cinerea.
I held an NSERC research fellowship in the Department of Biology, working under Prof. A.G. Sangster. This continued our studies on silica in higher plants, using freezing techniques to locate soluble ions and silicon.
I worked under Dr. D.A. Wilkins in the School of Biological Sciences, on an EC sponsored investigation. I studied the effects of aluminium on forest trees, and whether the presence of mycorrhizal fungi ameliorates aluminium toxicity.
For thirteen years I was involved in teaching, research and administration, but in September 2002 I decided to concentrate on the first two, went half time, and dropped administration. A brief summary of my administrative work can be found at Administration
. In 2007, I cut back even further and became Visiting Researcher, still doing some research and teaching, but allowing me room for the many other areas I was developing.
I am an Associate Member of the Institute of Human Sciences
at the University of Oxford. Here I am involved in taking tutorials, setting and marking finals papers and supervising dissertations.
I am Operations Manager for JRI, a charity looking at the interactions between science, faith and the environment. I am in charge of a small staff team, organise conferences, speak and deal with publications and publicity.