About myself  

I worked for most of my career as a university teacher and researcher, but since 2007 I switched careers and became a technical writer for a software company that writes Java software for corporate and industrial information systems. After a few years, I changed to Java developer for a short time, and then to technical writer in telecom software and IT infrastructure, this time at consulting companies. This shift from the academic world is less drastic than it seems - I have been using the very same skills that I developed for learning and communicating in science, only for a different purpose (see a more detailed discussion here). A large part of my academic work was in connection with software development, so I don't feel I have changed to a new field. The real difference is that now I am working in conditions far better than I was used to in universities. I am still doing research as a hobby and I might take temporary research fellowships in other countries now and then, like I used to do earlier in my career, but I have no desire to permanently return to an academic workplace.

Judging from the choice of journals and books in which I publish my scientific research papers, I am a palaeobiologist (or palaeontologist, if you prefer the older term). However, my research lies at the borderline between palaeobiology and biology, or could be regarded more properly as biology. This stems from my conviction that fossils, being the remains of living organisms, cannot be treated as distinct from the latter. My preferred research fields are the functional morphology of the invertebrate skeleton and the morphogenetic and constructional processes used by invertebrates to build their skeletal structures. I work mostly on bivalves and gastropods, but I published also on brachyuran and anomuran decapods, stomatopods, inarticulate brachiopods, serpulid polychaetes, insects, symbioses that involve marine invertebrates and, lately, some of the problematic Ediacara-type fossil organisms.

My professional interests in computers and programming include a long affair with C++ (mostly Visual Studio for Windows native GUI applications) and, more recently, Java. My favourite OSs are Windows XP and Windows 7 (not Vista, not 8).  

I also have a long work experience as an IT manager in a university environment, and two professional certifications in networking. On this web site, I provide a few pages about privacy and cryptography in connection with personal computers and the Internet.

An additional interest of mine is photography, especially macrophotography in connection with my research in palaeobiology, and nature and bird photography as a hobby. Since 2006, I am also interested in technical aspects of UV and IR photography with modified consumer cameras. This site contains several pages on my interests in photography.


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