I began as a veterinary student at the University of Cambridge, graduating in Zoology and moving out of the veterinary field to study for a PhD in that department. After some time in UCLA, California, conducting postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Peter Narins, I returned to Cambridge in 2001. Since then I have been working in the Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience.
My main research focus is the structure, function and evolution of the vertebrate auditory system, with a joint focus on amphibians and mammals. I am interested in how the middle ear works, and how hearing has evolved to match the particular acoustical properties of the environment that the animal lives in. This includes both hearing in air and also the detection of ground-borne vibrations (seismic sensitivity), which may be particularly important in burrowing mammals.
Recently I've become interested in certain other areas of comparative physiology, including fluorescence in frogs and nasal turbinate structure in seals.