Tom was born in 1969 in Yugoslavia, and has three citizenships and passports: Bosnian, Serbian, and Australian. Married since 1994, with one 16yo daughter. His hobbies include: sailing, cycling, running, nude photography, and abstract painting. Tom is fluent in English and Serbian, his Italian is average (it used to be fluent), and his Russian and German are basic. He currently lives in Seoul, South Korea. Tom obtained his PhD in 2000 from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. He then did his postdoc at the Western Australian Museum in Perth, Australia, from 2001 to 2007. Other major professional engagements included: Assistant Professor at the Sungkyunkwan University, Korea (2015-2016); Assistant Professor at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia (2014); Adjunct Professor, at the University of Tasmania, Australia (2013-2017); Associate Editor of the International Journal of Limnology (2010-present); Research Professor at the Hanyang University, Korea (2010-2014); Senior Scientist at the private consulting company Subterranean Ecology Pty Ltd, Australia (2009-2010); Guest Researcher at the Hamburg Museum, Germany (2009-2012); Editor for free-living Copepoda of the journal Zootaxa (2008-present); Cooperative Researcher at the Lake Biwa Museum, Japan (2008-2015); Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania, Australia (2007-2012); Honorary Curator at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Australia (2007-present); Research Associate at the University of L'Aquila, Italy (1999-2000); Research Assistant at the Institute of Marine Biology in Kotor, Montenegro (1998-1999); and Teaching Assistant at the University of Montenegro, Montenegro (1994-1998).