I am not a practising anthropologist nor an Oxford graduate - I studied Classics and then did a year's "Arch & Anth" at Cambridge, but by affinity I squeezed through the filter at OUAMEAS. At various stages in my career my smattering of anthropology has proved invaluable: I've analysed and applied complex Tu/Vous systems and gift-giving amongst the Neapolitans (my home for the last 30 years), and lectured to American scientists on aspects of ethnobotany in ancient Greece and on seminal works by early anthropologists (like Julian Pitt Rivers and the People of the Sierras) while working in southern Spain. On the back of an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of London, I now specialise in present-day environmental quality and bird monitoring in southern Italy. My current project investigates the scientific and literary evidence for biodiversity and environmental quality around the Bay of Naples around the first century AD: it has taken me in the last few years as a guest speaker both to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and to the Getty Villa in Malibu. For the rest of the time, besides my active involvement in environmental education courses in southern Italy, I also lecture on Mediterranean civilizations, environment and culture to members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (www.betchartexpeditions.com) on study programmes in Italy, Greece and France.

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