I was born on 10 September 1956 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Since an early age, I have been interested in the wonders of nature. I was first exposed to plants and animals as a child of about 8 years old when my parents were living on the edge of a sandstone plateau in the lower Blue Mountains at Glenbrook, New South Wales. After school and on weekends I used to spend most of my time exploring the bushland nearby, seeing what I could find. Much of what I discovered then was unexplainable to me. I remember writing a small paper and illustrating it when I was about 10 years old. I illustrated a number of beetles which I had found in the neighbourhood and their food plants. Little did I realise then that this would put me in good stead for later life when I was able to recollect these insects and provide scientific data on them in the scientific literature.
I guess that I was very fortunate in that in those early days, my father was in the Royal Australian Air Force and we were posted to various places throughout eastern Australia over a 20-year period. At each place I made the most of it by studying the local flora and fauna. I imagine that not many people would have had this opportunity and I believe that it is this signigficant feature of my life that was responsible for me getting a much broader view of biodiversity at a younger age than most people.
Eventually my father was transferred to Malaysia in south east Asia, and this was one of my first most exciting times in my life. I stayed there two times for about 3 months each. I saw and studied many interesting plants and animals, but unfortunately in those days I never had the knowledge to write about them. However, by the time I first went to Malaysia in 1977 I had already completed my Bachelor of Science degree at the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales. This was also an exciting time for me but I tired of that University in the end and wanted to seek "new pastures". However, while I was at the University of New England, I wrote my first natural history article on beetles, two introductory plant articles for a well known gardening magazine called Australian Plants as well as published my first scientific paper on jewel beetles in the scientific journal, the Australian Zoologist. I completed my Honours degree there and then went to Perth, Western Australia in 1979. During 1979-1980, I explored much of the southwestern area of Western Australia and eventually wrote numerous papers on the flora and fauna of Western Australia, for journals in Australia as well as overseas.
Over the past thirty years I have published 3 books and almost 400 scientific papers and other articles. I have visited the following countries: New Caledonia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Russia, the United States of America, Germany, and Austria. I have worked with many entomologists in the world including Dr D. Dauber (Austria), Dr Pierre H. Jolivet (France), Dr R. Beenen (The Netherlands), Dr David Furth (USA), Dr A. Samuelson (USA) and Dr M.G. Volkovitsch (Russia). I have also written many papers with Mr J. R. Turner (New South Wales) and Mr. Magnus Peterson (Western Australia).
My main areas of research include the following: plant taxonomy and ecology, especially of endangered species, insect plant relationships, especially those dealing with beetles (Coleoptera), beetle taxonomy and ecology of jewel beetles (Buprestidae), longicorn beetles (Cerambycidae) and leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae). This website will introduce me and my life's work and provide the reader with many of my research papers, opportunity to subscribe to and submit work to my natural history journal, Calodema, to purchase papers from that journal and to view my website and to submit comments and requests.
Calodema is the name of my natural history journal which publishes all kinds of research dealing with the animals and plants of the Australian region and the Pacific but I have also recently extended this range to South America. The journal also publishes book reviews and other items apart from scientific papers. I welcome scientific exchange of ideas and research as well as enquiries about all aspects of natural history from the public. Calodema is also the name of the genus of jewel beetle (family Buprestidae) which is tropical in distribution and comprises some of the most beautiful insects in the world which are highly sought after by insect collectors.
This website will be updated and modified on a regular basis. Please enjoy what I have to offer in terms of photography and research and return now and again. I hope to hear from you through the guest book or through my private Email addresses.