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PhD student in Plant Sciences at Cambridge working on dissecting the molecular basis of C4 photosynthesis. Formerly plant biologist, data analyst, bioinformatician and programmer at the Millennium Seed Bank.

My expertise is in plant biology, genomics, transcriptomics and computational biology.

I write software in Objective-C, C++, Ruby, Python, Javascript and R.

Solvers.io is my attempt to help highly skilled developers use their skills to benefit the world's poorest, or to help solve crucial scientific problems.


Aug
30
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Evolutionarily speaking, why do humans have 46 chromosomes
Aug
29
comment Does age affect the frequency of flatus?
Agree this is really a comment.
Aug
28
awarded  Good Answer
Aug
26
comment How does a plant decide when to grow a branch?
I answered this in some detail in response to another question... biology.stackexchange.com/a/2646/430
Aug
22
comment Why do cockroaches flip over when they die?
I agree, I was just pointing out the the picture doesn't demonstrate anything. The reason, if I remember rightly, is that most cockroach control agents are neurotoxins which cause the legs to spasm, so they get flipped onto their backs.
Aug
22
comment Why do cockroaches flip over when they die?
That's a picture of some cockroaches on their backs. There's no way for the viewer to know whether they died that way, or (as it seems) were arranged that way.
Aug
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What would need to be discovered to prove there is extraterrestrial life?
Aug
14
revised How many times did life emerge from the ocean?
updated reference list to site style
Aug
10
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
8
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
5
comment Why don't all ants have wings?
@OldCurmudgeon so you're assuming the move to leaf cellulose as a food source must have predated the loss of wings - if not, there was another driver for loss of wings. You're right about one thing: [citation needed] :)
Aug
4
comment Why don't all ants have wings?
That's my point exactly - your arguments for wings being bad for ants either apply equally to wasps/bees and are therefore invalid, or would only apply once ants had lost their wings, and therefore don't explain why they don't all have them.
Aug
3
comment Why don't all ants have wings?
@OldCurmudgeon and all your points about colony living being better without wings are disproven by wasps and bees, which have the same colonial constraints but retain wings throughout their adult life stage.
Aug
3
revised When is the lactase in lactose-free milk active?
fixed a typo, clarify
Aug
3
comment Why don't all ants have wings?
@OldCurmudgeon it wasn't clear until you added that last section that you were only talking about ants; it sounded like you were making general statements about when it's good to have wings and then specialising the case for ants.
Aug
3
comment Why don't all ants have wings?
Also flying could easily improve foraging or hunting success at a greater rate than the increased protein cost of growing and maintain wings. Unless you can provide some referenced support for your reasoning I think I disagree with almost all your points, so -1
Aug
3
comment Why don't all ants have wings?
It could easily be good to have wings when under attack - if you can fly away from a conflict that's a whole extra dimension of escape routes compared to those available to a flightless animal.
Aug
3
comment Evolution of long necks in giraffes
Competition for research? Giraffes must be more advanced than I've been giving them credit for!