Who is Dirk Draulans?
Dirk Draulans (1956) is a biologist, journalist and author. He is a Doctor of Science and worked at Oxford University, where he specialised in behavioural science. He has worked for current affairs magazine Knack since 1987. He has written several high-profile books about his experiences as a war correspondent and regular visitor to Africa. In de Putten. Natuurdagboek uit een conflictlandschap (2016, loosely translated: ‘A nature diary from a conflict landscape’) was nominated for the Jan Wolkers Prize as best book in the field of nature.
As a columnist for Knack, he writes about fascinating scientific work; about 'issues' that often contain a scientific element, such as cases involving the illegal use of hormones in cattle farming, and about ‘burning issues’ around the world, such as wars - the Gulf, ex-Yugoslavia, the African conflicts - and environmental catastrophes such as Chernobyl, oil disasters and destruction of world’s rain forests.