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 post-doc, and is now tenured herself. Together with her, a team of gifted students and post-docs (Rikard Frederiksen, Marie Dacke, Henrik Malm and Magnus Oskarsson) 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 even has applications in digital image processing.
I have a keen interest in art and classical music, and love to paint when time permits. My wife Sara and I, and our son Edvin, love long walks in the beautiful Swedish countryside and especially so if mushroom picking is included! My ties to Australia are still strong, mostly due to family and close 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.