I am a biologist who trained at the Universities of London and of Nairobi.

alan r walker

Most of my research and teaching I did at both a government research laboratory in Kenya and at the University of Edinburgh. I have also worked in the commercial sector: as a copy-editor of scientific textbooks, and as a survey biologist for an industrial scale pest control company. 

I started writing books with an identification guide to insects and acarines that parasitize humans and domestic animals. Other similar books followed through collaborations financed by international funding organisations.  My writing now is for the popular science market, aimed at a wide audience. I ask questions and provide some answers about the complex and counter-intuitive relationships between technology and fundamental research.

My wife and I live in Scotland. Our children have left home but now we help them raise their children. To relax we go into the mountains of Britain and the French Alps hunting for flowers with a camera.