Jack Scanlan is a science communicator, writer, podcaster and geneticist based in Melbourne, Australia.
He is the President of the Young Australian Skeptics, a non-profit organisation promoting science, skepticism and critical thinking for (and by) young people, and is also the producer of its podcasts, The Pseudoscientists and Unfiltered Thoughts, and the editor of its group blog. He blogs for SciLogs about insects and genetics, and has written for COSMOS Online. (For a more complete list of some of things he’s done, check out this list.)
Jack received his Bachelor of Science (Genetics and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) from the University of Melbourne, where he also received his Master of Science (Genetics) through the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, studying the evolution and function of an insect-specific gene family in the genus Drosophila. His research interests include evolutionary molecular genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, protein evolution, and symbiosis in insects.
Homologous Legs has been his personal blog since 2008, and contains writing on topics ranging from evolutionary biology and intelligent design creationism to music and sexuality. It has been quoted in The Guardian, was a finalist in the 2010 National Science Week Big Blog Theory competition, and is featured in the Young Australian Skeptics’ Skeptical Blog Anthology.
He also makes music, both by himself and in the band Sunset Nevers.