I am a palaeontologist living and working in Alice Springs, in the red centre of Australia. I moved here with my wife and three kids from Johannesburg, South Africa. I used to focus my research on dinosaurs, and it is fair to say I am still a dino nut but these days I work on fossils from the NT, be they turtles, tassie tigers or anything else. In my spare time I like to watch birds, catch beetles, lizards and snakes and generally find out as much about the species around me as I can.
I will admit adjusting to life in South Africa has not always been easy. One small bright spot though is its wildlife. Not just the big mammalian fauna of the gameparks but the small stuff that is everywhere. Like this spectacular catepillar (a larva of the saturniid moth Bunaea alcinoe) I shot at a friend's house during the christmas holidays of 2006. Where I grew up (Adelaide) we had a diverse insect fauna but so much of it is small and drab, so much of the African fauna seems larger and brighter, and it is all new to me.