Iain McCalman is a monthly Bloomberg View columnist. He is a research professor at the University of Sydney and the author of "Darwin’s Armada: How Four Voyagers to Australasia Won the Battle for Evolution and Changed the World."
McCalman's columns will focus on the intersection of politics, culture and commerce in Australia, New Zealand, Oceania and South Asia. He has served as president of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and was the director of the Humanities Research Centre at Australian National University. His previous books include "The Last Alchemist: Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic in the Age of Reason" and "Radical Underworld: Prophets, Revolutionaries and Pornographers in London, 1795-1840." He is now working on a cultural history of Australia's Great Barrier Reef and a television documentary about environmental threats to the reef's ecosystem.