Brian is Scottish, but doesn’t particularly sound like it. He thought he'd grow up to be a fighter pilot or an astrophysicist, but got dengue fever and became an ecologist (not necessarily in that order). His biggest influences have been The Cult, sea turtles, and Kung Fu. He teaches students about reptiles and dinosaurs, but has been known to hug a tree or two. Brian’s research projects have planted tens of thousands of trees, so he tries not to feel too bad about cutting a few down (for science!). His PhD is in Plant Science from the University of Aberdeen.