George McGavin studied Zoology at Edinburgh University, followed by a PhD in entomology at Imperial College and the Natural History Museum in London. After 30 years as an academic, mostly at Oxford University, he became an award-winning television presenter. His many programme credits include Lost Land of the Volcano, Monkey Planet, After Life: the strange science of decay, The Oak: nature’s greatest survivor, The Secret Life of Landfill: a rubbish history and The Secret Science of Sewage. After being diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2018 he made a documentary that would reveal the science behind his disease and its treatment. The result, A Year to Save my Life: George McGavin and Melanoma was broadcast on BBC4 in June 2019.
George is an Honorary Research Associate of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at Imperial College. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Geographical Society, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and an Honorary Life Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. In 2019 George became the President of the Dorset Wildlife Trust.