Dr Frank Ashwood
Frank's passion for nature led him to study Biology at university, where he carried out research projects into invertebrate ecology in Scotland and Mexico. Frank then worked on a number of UK biodiversity research projects where he carried out identification for various ground invertebrates, before undertaking a PhD studying earthworm ecology on reclaimed landfill sites.
He now works as a soil ecologist for Forest Research, where he studies soil biodiversity in UK woodlands. In his spare time Frank is a passionate communicator on soil biology, and volunteers as the research officer for the Earthworm Society of Britain.
Dr Charlie Bell
Charlie previously worked for the Field Studies council on both the Tomorrow's Biodiversity and FSC BioLinks projects, during which she taught earthworm identification, conducted earthworm site surveys and investigated the ability of earthworm experts to undertake field ID of live earthworm specimens. Charlie now works on the Stepping Stones project for the National Trust.
Charlie's background is in conservation and ecology, and her varied entomological interests include freshwater invertebrates, moths, springtails, earthworms and spiders!
Keiron Derek Brown
Keiron first became interested in invertebrates during a field-based entomology module at university and went on to volunteer on soil biodiversity research projects at the Natural History Museum (London). This included sorting samples of invertebrates to order level and sampling invertebrates across the New Forest in Hampshire and the Malaysian rainforests of Borneo.
Keiron developed and manages the FSC BioLinks project, with the aim of inspiring amateur naturalists to take up the identification and recording of invertebrate groups that are often forgotten and rarely recorded. In his spare time he is the Chair of the Ecology & Entomology Section of the London Natural History Society and is the national recorder for earthworms (running the National Earthworm Recording Scheme on behalf of the ESB).
Dr Rich Burkmar
Rich is an ecologist with several decades experience as a programmer and application developer in GIS and biological recording. In recent years he has managed a Local Environmental Records Centre and been a programmer with the NBN Gateway team. He has a particular interest in the use of technology by biological recorders and managed the FSC Tomorrow's Biodiversity project and worked on the FSC BioLinks project. Rich now works for the Centre for Ecology & hydrology on digital projects.
In his spare time, Rich is a keen invertebrate recorder, particularly when it comes to spiders and earthworms. He's an active member of both the British Arachnological Society and Earthworm Society of Britain. He designed and maintains both the ESB website and the Earthworm Identikit.
Kerry first became interested in soil invertebrates when volunteering on biodiversity research projects at the Natural History Museum (London). This included sorting samples of invertebrates to order level and sampling invertebrates across the New Forest in Hampshire and the Malaysian rainforests of Borneo. This is also where she began specialising in earthworms.
Kerry is a trustee for the Earthworm Society of Britain and has been for over 10 years. Kerry is the society Secretary and designs the annual strategy for the recording society. In addition, she regularly runs earthworm identification training courses and events.
Emma is the Senior Curator of Free-living Worms at the Natural History Museum, London. Although she curates numerous phyla of worms at the museum, her main research area is earthworms. She has published over 20 scientific papers and is the author of the FSC AIDGAP Key to the Earthworms of the UK & Ireland. She has currently described 8 new earthworm species to science (from Nicaragua, Belize and Cameroon) and participates in fieldwork both throughout the UK and abroad (Nicaragua, Vietnam, Hungary, Romania and France).
Emma was one of the founders of the Earthworm Society of Britain back in 2009 and is currently the Chair of the Society.