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About our Authors

We now have more than 100 academic authors who have published with Siri Scientific Press, either by themselves or through contributions to compiled, edited volumes. Below are brief biographies of some of the authors, editors and illustrators who have published with us. We keep adding our authors to this list. If you have published with us and would like to be included please email us a brief summary of what you would like to appear on this page. Thank you.

If you would like to join our distinguished author list please email us ( your book/monograph/edited volume idea regardless of how far advanced the project is. We will be happy to hear from you.

Dr Michael E. Archer is an emeritus researcher at York St John University and a leading world expert on social wasps, with particular reference to the subfamily Vespinae. His research focuses on taxonomy, behaviour (especially foraging activities), population and colony dynamics, and simulation modelling of colony growth and activities.
Prof Ted Benton holds a chair in sociology at the University of Essex, having studied philosophy at the Universities of Leicester and Oxford. His published work as an academic has spanned social philosophy and philosophy of social science, history of ideas (both natural scientific and social), critical social and political theory, and, since the late 1980s, environmental sociology. Alongside his work as a social scientist, he has several book-length natural history publications and a range of practical contributions to the work of conservation organizations, and support for environmental campaigning.
Richard Bizley specializes in prehistoric and space art and has produced some remarkable palaeohabitat reconstructions for our forthcoming title on Fossil Insects. He has worked closely with the authors to produce entomologically accurate reconstructions. Richard is a Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists and a member of the Palaeontological Association. His unique gallery is in Lyme Regis ( and he would be happy to receive enquieries (email: from people interested in commissioning artwork. Please mention that you got his contact details from our website.
Dr William T. Blows has a PhD in dinosaur palaeontology. He found and collected several partial dinosaur skeletons in the UK, including three iguanodontoids and the world’s second discovery of Polacanthus. William has been on dinosaur digs in Canada and the USA, and has given lectures on dinosaurs in the UK and USA. He has published 35 scientific papers split between nursing and palaeontology journals. He is the author of three biology books for nurses.
Prof Michel Boulard is a retired Director of the Laboratoire de Biologie et Evolution des Insectes at l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris) and Head of the Department of Homoptera Auchenorhyncha at the National Museum of Natural History (Paris, France). He is a leading world expert in Cicadomorpha taxonomy and bio-ethology/acoustics and has also studied the phenomena of camouflage and mimicry.
Dr Robert A. Coram has collected and studied fossil insects, mostly from the Purbeck beds, for more than twenty years and his research on their taxonomy and palaeoecology is published frequently in scientific journals. He studied zoology at Oxford University and obtained his Ph.D. (on Purbeck insects) from Reading University.
Malinda Crafford-Venter has a National Diploma (N6) in Art from Benoni Technical College, South Africa. Malinda lives in South Africa, where she runs her own wildlife art business, Wild@H-art.
Dr Jason A. Dunlop is a leading world expert on fossil arachnids and the curator of Arachnida and Myriapoda at the Museum für Naturkunde Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University, Berlin.
Mr Kenneth (Chris) Gass has a degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He has written books on subjects ranging from paleontology to procedures. He has published in magazines and peer-reviewed journals, and he is content contributor to the Paleontology Portal and Paleobiology Database. One of his papers concerning Blackberry Hill received Honorable Mention for Best Paper Award from the Journal of Paleontology.
Dr Justin Gerlach is the scientific co-ordinator of the Nature Protection Trust of the Seychelles and has research interests in the areas of taxonomy, ecology and island biogeography. He is an affiliated researcher at the Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge.
Dr David I. Green is an authority on the mineralogy of the British Isles. He has described many of the classic mineral sites in our islands and is responsible for the first reports of about 2% of known British minerals. He has been editor of the UK Journal of Mines and Minerals for the last eight years and is an honorary researcher at the National Museum Wales. He is also an expert in photomicroscopy.
Dr David Grimaldi is Curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York and Professor of Invertebrate Zoology. His research focuses on 400 million years of insect evolution, and especially fossils in amber from New Jersey.
Alexander V. Gromov is an arachnologist from Kazakhstan with a particular interest in Solifugae of the world. He has traveled extensively for collecting purposes and for researching museum specimens and has published numerous papers on their taxonomy.
Dr Cyril C. Grueter is Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology and Primatology at the University of Western Australia. His primary research interests include the evolution of primate sociality and the mechanisms that maintain social cohesion.
Richard Hartley is a professional draughtsman at the University of Manchester and is an expert in all things reprographic. He has contributed to several of our books (and some of my research papers) in various ways. He also designed our new logo which will be appearing on our book covers from 2012. As always, we are very grateful for his continued offers of support.
Tomaž Hitij has collected and studied fossils for more than 20 years. He is a dentist by profession and works as an assistant at the University of Ljubljana. Currently he is a Ph.D. student specializing in endodontics. He has published several palaeontological papers in international scientific journals. He devotes most of his free time to collecting and studying Triassic fossils.
Rajan (Raj) Jaisinghani has always been interested in philosophy, music, arts and everything to do with nature and the planet. He studied  at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and at the University of Wisconsin, USA. Raj has developed a great interest in metaphysics and in the compatibility of Eastern thought with science. He has extensive research experience in colloid and aerosol science, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and physical surface chemistry, which he has applied towards the development of new technology for environmental pollution control. He holds 18 patents and has authored many publications in technical journals and handbooks.
Dr James E. Jepson researches the systematics, taxonomy and ecology of living and fossil insects, particularly of the superorder Neuropterida (Neuroptera, Raphidioptera and Megaloptera). He is currently a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Museum für Naturkunde Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University, Berlin and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.
The late Dr Vitaly A. Kastcheev (deceased 2012) was the main scientific employee of the Laboratory of Entomology in the Institute of Zoology of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He was also the president of the Kazakh Entomological Society and an expert in beetles (Staphylinidae). He published more than 150 scientific articles.
Dr Vladimir L. Kazenas is Head of the Laboratory of Entomology in the Institute of Zoology, Kazakhstan National Academy of Science, Almaty, Kazakhstan. His research interests focus on the taxonomy, biology and distribution of aculeate Hymenoptera. His extensive academic publication history dates back almost five decades.
Pete Lawrance has had a lifelong passion for trilobites and has been collecting them for almost five decades. He has spent months (probably years) hammering rocks all over the British Isles, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Sweden, Norway and Estonia looking for trilobites.
Dr James Lawrence has a PhD in Entomology from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He has published numerous scientific papers on the ecology and conservation of Seychelles and South African invertebrates, focusing mainly on butterflies and millipedes.
Dr Dmitri V. Logunov is Curator of Arthropods at the Manchester Museum (UK) and an arachnologist and professional taxonomist with a particular interest in the jumping, crab and wolf spiders. He has collected and studied spiders in Siberia, the Russian Far East, Central Asia, the Caucasus and many other regions, and has published more than 160 papers and books devoted to spiders and insects.
Dean Lomax is a palaeontologist from Doncaster, England. Dean works on palaeontological projects across the world, especially in Europe and the USA. He researches fossils and writes books, articles and peer reviewed scientific papers, which include the description of new species. He is a Visiting Scientist at The University of Manchester, UK and an Honorary Research Associate at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery. His passion for palaeontology stems from his interest in dinosaurs from early childhood. He recently won the Mendel Gold Medal for science communication (Set for Britain, 2015). Follow him on Twitter: @Palaeo7. You can find out more about Dean on his website:
Prof. Yael Lubin is an academic at Ben-Gurion University with research interests in the areas of arachnid ecology, behavioural ecology, life history, social evolution and dispersal, particularly with regard to desert ecosystems. She is also President of the International Society of Arachnology.
Dr Yuri M. Marusik is an expert on the taxonomy, faunistics and zoogeography of spiders of Siberia, northwestern North America, Central Asia, the southern Russian Far East and adjacent territories. He is an associate professor at the International Pedagogical University of Magadan, and head of the entomological group in the Laboratory of Biocenology, Institute for Biological Problems of the North, Far East Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a former Vice President of the International Society of Arachnology.
Dr Andre Nel is a palaeoentomologist at the National Museum of Natural History (Paris, France) interested in the evolutionary history of insects and their palaeoenvironments.
Dr David Penney has had a lifelong interest in spiders and has more than two decades experience working with amber fossils. His research has taken him around the world and has resulted in several books and numerous publications in leading international scientific journals. In addition to describing new species his research focuses on broader biological questions. He is an Honorary Lecturer at The University of Manchester and a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, a Fellow of the Linnean Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Chartered Scientist.
Dr Evgeny Perkovsky is a researcher at the Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. His research interests lie mainly in the fossil insect fauna of Rovno amber, particularly ecological analyses of syninclusions.
Prof Paul A. Selden has promoted the study of fossil arachnids over the last thirty years through his own research, published in many scientific journals, and the supervision of many generations of graduate students who now hold positions in museums and universities around the world. He is Director of the Paleontological Institute and Distinguished Professor of Invertebrate Paleontology at the University of Kansas, USA.
Dr Charles H. Smith is a Professor and Science Librarian at Western Kentucky University. His research has primarily involved bibliography and bibliometrics, collection development, history and philosophy of science (especially the nineteenth century naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace), biogeography and biodiversity, evolutionary theory, and general systems theory.
Dr Monica M. Solorzano Kraemer is a post doctoral researcher at the University of Bonn in conjunction with the Senckenberg Research Institute, Germany. She is an expert on fossil inclusions in Mexican amber and is currently comparing fossil and extant faunas in an ecological context.
Sinclair Stammers is a scientific photographer with an interest in the prehistoric world, especially trilobites. His work has taken him all over the world shooting stills and moving images.
Nobumichi (Nobu) Tamura is a palaeoartist from California, United States. He started drawing dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures in 2006 and his images have since been used to illustrate several books, websites and magazine articles. They have appeared in TV shows such as QI in the UK and in museum temporary exhibits such as in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, USA.
Vladimir A. Timokhanov (ArtStudio, Almaty, Kazakhstan) is a professional artist, who has illustrated many natural history books, including the ‘Red data book of Almaty Region’. He has presented his works at several personal exhibitions, has taken part in a few UNESCO and IUCN projects, and has prepared illustrations for a number of academic and popular journals.
Dr Wolfgang Weitschat is lecturer and curator at the Geological-Palaeontological Institute and Museum at the University of Hamburg. He is an expert on fossil insects in Baltic amber.
Dr Wilfried Wichard is Full Professor of the Institute of Biology and its Didactic at the University of Cologne. He is an expert on fossil insects in amber, especially the aquatic fauna, most notably Trichoptera.
Dr Jure Žalohar is a physicist and geologist working as an independent researcher. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Ljubljana. His main research fields are physics of faults and earthquakes, stratigraphy and palaeontology. He also gives scientific and philosophical lectures at various institutions.
Dr Boris P. Zakharov is a Visiting Scientist in Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. His current research focuses on ground spiders but in general his research interests cover a broad spectrum, including invertebrate zoology, biogeography, evolution and theoretical biology, particularly with regard to the theory and philosophy underpinning systematics research.