Dr Rhys Jones
Born and bred in Cardiff, Rhys completed his undergraduate studies at Cardiff University (BSc Genetics) before going on to work on his MPhil identifying a reverse transcription gene responsible for elevating pesticide resistance in mosquitoes (supervised by Prof. Janet Hemmingway).
Whilst undertaking his MPhil studies, he acted as a science advisor to the BBC and became involved in a range of public understanding of science events, which subsequently led to him being a regular contributor for BBC Radio Wales. His PhD on “British reptile conservation: phylogeography and translocation studies” (supervised by Prof Mike Bruford and Dr Jo Cable ) was conducted part-time while he also pursued a career as an environmental consultant and became involved in yet more media work , such as BBC Iolo’s Welsh Safari; BBC’s Nature’s Calendar with Chris Packham; S4C ‘Planed Plant’; BBC Royal Welsh Show Presenter etc.
Since completing his PhD in 2009, Rhys maintains strong links with Cardiff University as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow and he is senior herpetological consultant at Capita Symonds. Some of his current research (and other exploits) are televised in a new BBC series ‘Rhys to the Rescue’.