The team

 

Roz Evans

Roz Evans

Editor, Founder

Roz is fascinated by the behaviours and morphologies of animals that are on the edge of reality. She loves it when we make discoveries that show animals destroying perceptions of what they are capable of. Fungi and parasites can alter behaviours of their hosts, drongos can imitate the sounds of their neighbouring bird species, and the ribbon tailed astrapia bird of paradise has ridiculously long tail feathers just to show others how sexy he is. She loves a non-simultaneous variety of weird, fluffy, colourful and macro. She’s also terrified of spiders, but in love with the peacock variety. For Biosphere, Roz runs the business side of things as well as designing layouts, sourcing photography and articles and editing articles for each issue. She gets a lot of junk mail so try emailing her a couple of times if she hasn’t gotten back to you. Roz studied at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus, graduating 1st class in Conservation Biology and Ecology whilst choosing modules focusing on science communication.

Nik Hubbard

Associate Editor

While he loves pretty much everything in the natural world, Nik really enjoys the quirkier side of nature, and has a soft spot for marine invertebrates in particular. He adores cephalopods and gets misty-eyed at the rapid, mind-blowing colour change and brilliant behaviours of cuttlefish and octopuses. When near the coast, Nik can often be found sploshing around in rockpools, poking around in seaweed and peering under rocks (carefully!), hoping to find intertidal treasures; a tiny porcelain crab, maybe, or perhaps a rare glimpse of a Bloody Henry sea star or shagrug nudibranch. For Biosphere, Nik dives into the research and writing, helping Roz to track down the best and most fascinating of the latest studies. He puts together the news in brief pieces for the magazine, and keeps on top of what’s happening in the busy world of social media. Nik completed his degrees at the University of Bristol and the University of Exeter, and holds an MSc with distinction in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology.

Caitlin Fikes

Caitlin Fikes

Editorial Assistant

As a budding researcher, Caitlin was taught that scientists must be ‘bilingual’—able to communicative effectively with both peers and the public, conveying both professionalism and passion. Now she is a marine conservation biologist who believes strongly in using the joy of storytelling to make science engaging, exciting, and inspiring. Caitlin holds a BSc Marine Science & Biology from the University of Miami and an MSc Conservation & Biodiversity from the University of Exeter’s Cornwall campus, and her research has examined trophic cascades in the seagrass beds of the Chesapeake Bay, feeding patterns of mullet fish in the Galapagos Islands, and digestion of marine microplastic pollution by sea anemones in Cornwall. When not behind a laptop, she is typically found sailing the Cornish seas or hiking the breathtaking Cornish countryside.