Profile: Roli Roberts

Sr Editor, PLOS Biology

Brought up in Zambia, where I was home-schooled in the remote town of Mulobezi, I returned to the UK at the age of 11. I studied biochemistry at Oxford and did my PhD on the genetics of muscular dystrophy at Guy’s Hospital, London. After a post-doctoral fellowship in Boston I returned to the UK as a senior lecturer at King’s College London for 10 years. In 2011 I moved to a new life in science publishing. I'm now a senior editor at PLOS Biology, where I enjoy the combination of breadth of topic and open access ethic. All views are my own and don't necessarily reflect those of PLOS.

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The Beauty of Butterflies

Butterflies’ special place in human culture stems from the fact that they have used their wings not only for flight, but as a canvas for some of the most striking patterns in nature. Evolving from an ancestral moth-like insect about 60 million years ago, the sheer beauty of their wings, and the metaphorical power of their emergence fully formed from rather unpromising pupae, has made butterflies an object of admiration and inspiration.

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