Chris is an experienced teacher and private tutor, who is pas-
sionate about enabling children to enjoy learning and helping
them to want to learn. He admits that he has not always
achieved this in the classroom! Hence an enduring desire has
nagged at him to create something which combines knowledge and entertainment.
Before teaching, Chris experienced many different employment
roles, including managing a zoo at a wildlife park in Scotland
and then gaining a degree in Marine Zoology before progressing
to complete a PhD which led to a Research Fellowship focus-
ing on the digestive system in isopods (woodlice). Hence the
first Minibeasties book had to be about Woody the Woodlouse!
A highlight of Chris' teaching career was gaining a Millennium
Fellowship to study dolphins off the coast of Brisbane, Aus-
tralia, and the marine environment remains a favourite area of study and leisure