John Whitfield

I’m a journalist with two decades‘ experience. Currently, I‘m the opinion editor at Research Professional News, where I commission and write articles on policy, funding and politics in the worlds of research and academia.

Before that, I was a freelance science writer. I wrote two books—one of them free to download here—along with features, reviews and news for publications on both sides of the Atlantic. I wrote mainly about evolution, ecology and conservation.

Before that, I worked for the science journal Nature as a reporter and (before that) subeditor.

Before that, I did a PhD in evolutionary biology.

I live in London.

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