Dr Will Abberley read English at Pembroke College, Oxford, then worked as a print and broadcast journalist before attaining his PhD at the University of Exeter. He returned to Oxford on a research fellowship funded by the Leverhulme Trust, based at St Anne's College. He has now taken up a lecturership in Victorian Literature at the University of Sussex.
His current project 'Tricks of Nature: Biology, Mimicry and Disguise in English Culture, 1860-1914' explores concepts of imitation and deception in the natural world in science and literature of the long nineteenth century. The project explores the relationship between scientific theories of natural mimicry and literary forms, such as the naturalist travel narrative, and the influence of mimicry theory on popular fiction. His other major research interest is philology and theories of language evolution in Victorian and Edwardian culture.