Dirk studied biomedical engineering, education and religious studies at the Braunschweig Institute of Technology, Germany, the University of Sydney, Australia and King’s College London, UK . As a PhD student, he worked on positive contrast MRI sequences to be used with novel iron-based nanoparticles for cancer imaging. Dirk is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
Dirk became interested in a career in publishing in 2007 with two internships in scientific journal and book publishing at Springer Verlag. He joined BioMed Central in 2015 as Editor for the BMC series.
Dirk successfully launched BMC Zoology in August 2016. He commissioned a popular review on host-parasite ecology and oversaw two successful PR campaigns about a new beetle species and a face ID software for lemurs.
Dirk is passionate about zoological research and wildlife protection. He regularly attends zoological conferences and meetings and is interested in promoting conservation projects through BMC Zoology.
Cognition, sensory biology, signaling and communication
Brock Fenton, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Western Ontario. After finishing a Ph.D., he held academic jobs at Carleton University, Canada, York University, Canada and the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Brock's research has focused mainly on bats across the spectrum from behaviour and ecology to echolocation and evolution, and conservation. Ongoing work on structure and function mainly relying on digital photography of bats in action. Brock joined the editorial board of BMC Zoology as Section Editor in 2016.
Thomas Flatt is Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Lausanne. His main interest is the evolution and mechanisms of life history and aging. Prior to his position in Lausanne, Thomas was a group leader at the Institute of Population Genetics at the Vetmeduni Vienna between 2009 and 2012, and a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 2012. He received his M.Sc. from the University of Basel in 1999 and his Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Fribourg in 2004. Between 2004 and 2008 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University. Thomas serves on the editorial boards of several journals; since 2016 he is the Section Editor of the Life History section at BMC Zoology. In August 2017 he will take up a professorship position in evolutionary biology at the University of Fribourg.
Systematics and biogeography
Laurence Packer is a Professor of Biology at York University, Canada where he has worked since 1988. His research is on bees. He and his students have published almost 200 research papers and he has written one book “Keeping the bees” published by HarperCollins and co-authored a second “Bees: a close-up look at pollinators around the world” with Sam Droege, Voyageur Press. Laurence has been a member of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Evaluation Group for Ecology and Evolution. His research has been funded by the latter organization as well as National Geographic, Genome Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. In addition to BMC Zoology, since its inception, he is also an Editor for the Canadian Journal of Zoology and Insect Conservation and Diversity and was an Editor for Zootaxa for some years.