Jamie received an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford, where he became especially fascinated by plant ecophysiology, before undertaking a PhD in Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge. His doctoral research focussed on the evolutionary physiology and ecology of one of the largest families of tropical plants. He has extensive experience of fieldwork in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and Australia, and has participated in a range of science education and outreach initiatives. Through interacting with researchers in the developing world, Jamie developed an interest in science communication and the opportunities of Open Access publishing, leading him to join PLOS ONE in June 2017.
Invasive species are widely recognised as a major threat to the functioning of ecosystems and conservation of wildlife in the 21st century. But while most biological invasions are associated with the introduction of alien species