Dr George McGavin
Explorer, entomologist and zoologist
George is the presenter and subject of A Year to Save My Life: Goerge McGavin and Melanoma 24th June at 9pm on BBC4. George is the presenter of The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History and Nature's Turtle Nursery:Secrets from the Nest for BBC4 . Other recent work includes Oak Tree: Nature's Greatest Survivor for BBC4 and The Secret Life of Your House for ITV. He also presented Dissected: The Incredible Human Hand and Foot for BBC4 and Monkey Planet for BBC1.
George is also the presenter of the multi award winning After Life - The Science of Decay for BBC4, the co-presenter of Prehistoric Autopsy and he also fronted Miniature Britain for BBC 1 and Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony for BBC4.
He is an accomplished broadcaster having made many programmes for the BBC including the phenomenally successful ‘Lost Lands’ expedition series.
George is also a regular contributor to The One Show (BBC1) and recently presented the Radio 4 programme The Etymology of Entomology .
Dr George McGavin is an Honorary Research Associate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and a Research Associate of The Department of Zoology of Oxford University. He is also a Fellow of the Linnean Society, The Royal Geographical Society and an Honorary Fellow of The Society of Biology. His research has taken him from the tropical forests of Papua New Guinea to the caves of Thailand and from the jungles of Belize to the savannas of Tanzania. George studied Zoology at Edinburgh University before completing a doctorate at the British Museum of Natural History and Imperial College, London. George has written numerous books on insects and other animals. Acknowledged as an engaging and entertaining speaker George regularly speaks to audiences about insects, ecology, evolution, conservation and exploration.
George McGavin has several insect species named in his honour and hopes they survive him.
See George McGavin's Marvellous Minibeasts http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/collections/p00bf3fy
George's latest book Bugs: A Pop-up Journey into the World of Insects, Spiders and Creepy-Crawlies’ is published by Walker Books.