After her A levels, Jess gained a BSc(hons) in Ecology & Wildlife Management from the University of Edinburgh. From there she went to the University of Cape Town, South Africa, to gain first an MSc (distinction) in Conservation Ecology and then a Ph.D. in Zoology. Jessica moved back to Scotland where she is currently an Ornithology Advisor at the Scottish Natural Heritage.
After his A levels Tom attended Bristol University to study Chemistry and later Zoology but was drawn to entering the world of work to cut out a career for himself in commerce; initially working for Robert Fleming & Co on the Japanese dealing floor in London. In 1997 he then left for Australia on a one way ticket to stay with friends in Sydney and then moved to Dunedin in New Zealand. He now lives in Dunedin with his NZ born wife, Kelly, a primary school teacher , and their 3 children [and a cat ]. Tom is an investment advisor for Forsyth & Barr; a renowned investment house in New Zealand. When Tom is not working he enjoys his coastal location as a highly skilled and qualified diver having earlier decided against continuing his sky diving!
Tom is a regular and much appreciated contributor to the alumni postbag!