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Kate Humble
Last seen diving in the Caribbean for BBC1's deep-sea odyssey The Abyss, Kate Humble is back presenting Rough Science - this time from New Zealand. This is Kate's third series of Rough Science.

She made a debut on BBC1’s live City Hospital late in 2001 and joined the series for its first run of 2002 at the same time as joining the new team of Tomorrow’s World. Kate examined rural matters for BBC’s Country File, added a series from the parkland of Longleat (Animal Park) and joined the team for Rolf’s Amazing Animals – including a report on the dancing bears in India.

Kate was given the task of training as a Rep for Club 18-30 for Fasten Your Seat Belt '98! She emerged from a testing experience with flying colours. Kate researched and presented her own mini-series - Humble Holidays - exploring the most fun for the least money which in turn led to fronting Holiday on a Shoestring. Her introduction to Top Gear came when she contributed to wetter version called Waterworld - from a mechanical whale on the Thames

Ellen McCallie
Ellen is currently the Co-ordinator of Interpretation in the Education
Division at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This means she spends her time designing ways to communicate about research and science to visitors, teachers and students.
Ellen grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and is a tropical ecologist and
educator. She spent a year in Bogor, Indonesia as an American Field Service (AFS) exchange student before attending Grinnell College in Iowa, where she earned a BA in Biology and a concentration in Environmental Science in 1992.

Following college, Ellen spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar, conducting research on the pollination of agroforestry trees in the Amazon Basin.
Ellen's graduate research at Cornell University was conducted in Timor, Indonesia, on alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture.

Ellen then worked at a butterfly house before starting her own elementary science curriculum business.

This is Ellen's second Rough Science project.

Read Ellen McCallie's diaries.

Mike Leahy
Mike Leahy left school by 'mutual agreement' whilst studying for his A levels and began an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic. Mike was an active member of the environmental movement during the late 80s and early 90s and whilst still a mechanic he studied for a Biology A level at night school.

At the age of 26, armed with a single A-level, he left mechanics to study for a degree in Environmental Biology at Oxford Brookes University and gained a First Class Honours degree within two years. Mike moved on to Oxford University to study for a DPhil in Virology. He was awarded his doctorate 2½ years later. With 14 publications in international journals he is now considered a leader in the field of influenza virus replication.

This is Mike's third Rough Science project.

Read Mike Leahy's diaries.

Kathy Sykes
Kathy has just become the Professor of Public Understanding of Science at Bristol University (the Collier Chair). She is also a Director of the new Cheltenham Festival of Science. Previously, she was Head of Science for Explore@Bristol, a new 'hands-on' science centre, coming up with ideas for the content of the centre. Kathy is a physicist, with a PhD (looking into a biodegradable plastic) from Bristol University and is still doing some post-doc research there. She did her first degree there too - then went to teach Maths and Physics A-level in Zimbabwe for 3 years with VSO.

This is Kathy's second Rough Science project.

Read Kathy Sykes' diaries.

Jonathan Hare
Jonathan studied Physics at Surrey University. During his PhD (Chemical Physics at Sussex University) he was very lucky to be involved in some of the first pioneering work on Buckminsterfullerene (C60) - work which led from astronomy via chemistry into a new area of material science.

He currently runs The Creative Science Centre at the University of Sussex. He also has consultant work with Schlumberger. In 2000 he was awarded a NESTA fellowship which he uses to explore creative ideas.

This is Jonathan's third Rough Science project.

Read Jonathan Hare's diaries.

Mike Bullivant
Mike works part-time as a Course Manager in the Chemistry Department at the Open University and part-time as a TV/video/CD-ROM/radio presenter. Mike studied Chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Wales (Cardiff), and went on to do research for a PhD in Organic Photochemistry at the Universities of Cardiff and Nottingham.

Mike is interested in Science Broadcasting and the popularisation of science. His recent publications include Tuning into Chemistry, Education in Chemistry, Vol. 39:1, January 2002.

This is Mike's third Rough Science project.

Read Mike Bullivant's diaries.