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Systems Biology PhD Student at the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University.


  • Entomologist at the Natural History Museum, London
  • MRes Entomology from Imperial College London
  • Background in mathematics, physics, and biology
  • Interested in transcription control networks, plant-insect interactions, beetle phylogenetics
  • Enjoy mathematical modelling and programming

Jun
28
answered Why does the butterfly have a cocoon stage in its life cycle?
Jun
27
awarded  Organizer
Jun
27
revised Is there any reason the common housefly continues to return to an area?
edited tags
Jun
27
answered How do insects breathe?
Jun
27
answered Is there any reason the common housefly continues to return to an area?
Jun
27
comment Are there any other animals that become attached to a non-living object?
This doesn't really answer the question, it gives more examples of human attachment and a vague reference to non-human primates. I think it would have been better as a comment.
Jun
20
comment When has an organism evolved enough to be called a new species?
Amongst taxonomists - who define and name species - there are 'lumpers' and 'splitters' who choose larger taxa with more diversity, and smaller with less respectively. The problem exists even for professionals where it ultimately becomes a personal preference.
Jun
20
comment When has an organism evolved enough to be called a new species?
As another example of why the dictionary definition is not always applicable; the two breeds of dog, great dane and chihuahua are unable to breed successfully but are still considered to be the same species due to their genetic similarity.
Mar
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
3
comment How strong is spider silk?
This answer isn't an answer, it would have been more appropriate as a comment.
Feb
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
12
revised Is there are evolutionary explanation for why humans and primates are ticklish? How might it have evolved?
Added PDF warnings to the links
Feb
12
suggested suggested edit on Is there are evolutionary explanation for why humans and primates are ticklish? How might it have evolved?
Feb
10
suggested suggested edit on How do I clean and calibrate pipettes, and how often should I do it?
Feb
10
answered Harmless virus?
Feb
10
awarded  Critic
Feb
10
comment If I put a cup over a spider, and leave it there for a day, will the spider survive?
My references are included in my answer above.
Feb
8
comment If I put a cup over a spider, and leave it there for a day, will the spider survive?
The assertion that it will be weakened is wrong, according to the literature which I have consulted. Further I am dubious about your assertion that weakened spiders will travel more slowly. Unless you can back up these statements with some evidence, I will be voting your answer down.
Feb
7
revised Do insects' muscles become stronger with exercise?
Added reference list to the end.
Feb
7
awarded  Editor