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Biology Staff

Edward Johnson

Head of Department
MSc (Imperial College)
PGCE (University of London)

Edward joined the Biology department in 2013. He enjoys coaching Rowing and helping with the Naval section of the CCF. His particular areas of interest within Biology include evolutionary theory, taxonomy and systematics and the nervous system. Outside the classroom he enjoys running and most sports.

Rory Christopher

BSc Hons (Exeter), Human Biosciences

After gaining a First Class honours degree, in Human Biosciences, Rory joined Canford in 2017 as a Graduate Assistant in the Biology department and was promoted to teacher level a year later. Alongside his love of Biology, he is an avid sportsman, particularly of Rugby, and is an integral part of the sports coaching team.

Philippa Connor

BA (Magdalen College, Oxford)
PGCE (University of London)

Philippa previously taught at Sevenoaks School in Kent where she was also a boarding house mistress. At Canford she coaches Netball and is also involved with Safeguarding and Pastoral Care. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, the theatre and a good read.

Robert Hooker

BSc (Exeter)

Robert has been an examiner for OCR A2/AS Biology. He is active in the school CCF where he runs the Ten Tors team and a survival course amongst other things. He coaches the 3rd XV rugby team, hockey, squash and athletics and he enjoys most outdoor activities. Robert's interests include physiology and ecosystem dynamics.

Laura Linley-Adams

BSc (Durham University)
PGCE (University of York)

Laura completed her degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in 2008. She previously taught at Lord Wandsworth College and joined Canford as resident tutor in Beaufort House before becoming Housemistress of Lancaster in 2017. Laura is a keen sportswoman and is involved in coaching hockey, netball and athletics.

William Linley-Adams

BA (Wadham College, Oxford)

William studied Biological Sciences at Oxford where he focused on conservation biology and animal behaviour. His dissertation was on the impact of manual removal on movement and growth of the invasive signal crayfish. He teaches Biology throughout the school as well as being the resident tutor in Franklin House and coaching the U15A rugby team. He is also keen on cricket, fisheries management and travelling.

Gabriella O'Sullivan

Gabriella joined the Biology department in 2013 with six years previous experience as a science technician. Her main role is to prepare the experiments for the practical lessons within the department. She has a keen interest in biology especially ecology and animal conservation due to completing a degree in Animal Science at Portsmouth University.

Andrew Powell

MA (Cantab)
MSc (Bournemouth University)
PGCE (Oxon)
Fellow of the Linnean Society

Andrew has been at Canford since 1990 and is Principal Examiner of A level Biology University of Cambridge International Examinations. His interests are molecular modelling, marine biology and tropical montane forest ecology. He has recently completed an MSc on the Zooplankton of Poole harbour and hopes to continue this research.

Tim Street

BSc (Hull)
PGCE (Southampton)

At Canford since 1996, Tim is involved in adventure training, sailing and watersports. His interests include physiology and wind surfing.