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Born and raised in Australia, I studied the odd but fascinating combination of physics and entomology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, receiving an Honours degree in Physics in 1985. I completed my PhD on the optics of arthropod superposition eyes in 1990 at the Australian National University in Canberra.

My time in Lund began in 1990 when Dan Nilsson invited me to undertake a post-doctoral fellowship. I gained tenure in 1997. A year later Almut Kelber arrived as my new post-doc, and is now tenured herself. Over the years, together with a team of gifted students and post-docs, I have had the privilege of studying how nocturnal and deep-sea animals manage to see well in very dim light, a fascinating topic that has even had applications in digital image processing.

I have a keen interest in art and classical music, and love to do panorama landscape photography and to paint when time permits. My wife Sara and I – together with our boys Edvin and Eskil – love getting out into the beautiful Swedish countryside and especially so if mushroom picking is included! My ties to Australia are still strong, mostly due to family and friends, but also partly via the Solander Program (an exchange program between Lund, Australia and New Zealand that I manage), via collaborations, and via a small cottage, and 40 peaceful acres of hillside, in the Snowy Mountains (near Adaminaby, south of Canberra), where I spend as much time as possible when back home in Australia.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

UKÄ subject classification

  • Zoology


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