After working in conservation NGOs in Ireland and the UK, John Quinn returned to academia and completed his DPhil at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, on goose ecology in the arctic. He continued to work in Oxford as a postdoc and lecturer on behavioural mechanisms and ecology, in the Department of Biology and Pembroke College, before moving to UCC in 2012, where he became Professor in Zoology in 2015. His research focus is explaining individual variation in cognition and personality in wild animal systems, especially in the context of environmental effects and the gut microbiota. He is also interested in applied ecology, especially in the marine and farming environment. John was awarded an ERC Consolidator grant at UCC, was a founding Vice President of the Irish Ecological Association, and has been Associate Editor/Editor at three international journals for a total of around 20 years.