Malcolm Potts is Professor of Biochemistry Emeritus in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University. Dr. Potts earned BSc, PhD, and DSc degrees from Durham University. His doctoral and post-doctoral studies include: Royal Society Research Station - Al-dabra Atoll; Oldenburg University, Germany; Royal Society Post-Doctoral Fellow - Israel Academy of Sciences; and McMurdo Station, Antarctica. He has held academic positions at Florida State University and Virginia Tech. Research and educational development activities of the author and colleagues in the DBES are supported through a grant from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) of Qatar Foundation, in the National Priorities Research Program (grant NPRP 27-6-7-24), an Undergraduate Research Experience Program award (UREP 07-020-1-004), and support from Qatar University (QU). The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of either QNRF or QU.