In autumn 2015, I gave a lecture about the wonders of the ocean – mostly of the shelled varieties – at the Royal Institution in London. Here’s the video of the whole lecture.
For Hakai magazine, I explore the importance of mud for mangroves
In January-February 2016 I’m teaching a 7-week online course on marine conservation at Cambridge University.
On Oct 18th I’ll be at the Off the Shelf literary festival in Sheffield, talking about my latest book Spirals in Time.
In my latest documentary for BBC Radio 4, I explore the science of making waves and go in search of the perfect wave.
Will Gambian sole be eco-labelled?
In my article for Hakai magazine, I explore how small-scale fisheries in West Africa might not be so small after all
I’ll be at Wilderness Festival in August speaking about my book Spirals in Time.
On Friday 17th July I’ll be performing at Latitude festival.
In my latest podcast for Chemistry World, I find out how molluscs have become masters of chemistry to stick themselves to wet, wave-pounded rocks.
Move over spider silk, there’s a new tough material in town: limpet teeth. For Chemistry World, I give the low down on goethite, the stuff that makes limpet teeth the strongest known biological material.
April 21st I’ll be joining an amazing line up for Science Showoff, curated by Neil Denney from Little Atoms podcast, all in aid of Resonance FM.
May 18th I’ll be at the Boathouse pub in Cambridge for a foody night of Pint of Science. I’ll be talking about my visit to the mangrove forests of West Africa where I met an amazing group of women who gather oysters and joined in with their celebrations at the world’s noisiest and most colourful oyster festival.
It was with such sadness – but also happy memories – that I heard about Eugenie Clark passing away. I read her books, was hugely inspired by her stories and had the greatest pleasure meeting her a few years ago. I shared a few thoughts about Genie on BBC Radio 4’s Last Word.
For Chemistry World I dive into the deadly but fascinating world of cone shells.
Free tickets now available for my talk at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival. On Sunday 15th March, 2.15 – 3pm
For Inside Science on BBC Radio 4 I go hunting for some unexpected visitors in Cambridge’s Botanic Gardens
My radio documentary exploring the dream of living beneath the waves. Catch it again online.
I investigate the cold-defying chemistry of antifreeze glycoproteins for Chemistry World.
I’ve been awarded a Roger Deakin award from the Authors’ Foundation for the book I’m writing about seashells. It’s a huge honour.
Sharks on a plane? Now there’s a movie I’d see. That, and more, in these clips from Bright Club in Cambridge earlier this year.
On BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science I go fishing in Fiji to find out how indigenous knowledge is helping to protect local sealife.
Can science stop sharks attacking people? And can it stop people attacking sharks? My radio documentary for the BBC World Service explores these much misunderstood animals.
Earlier this year I collaborated with Ria Mishaal on a science communication project that explored the wonders of freshwater life.
For National Geographic News I examine how searching for oil in the Atlantic will put marine mammals at risk.
I worked with underwater sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor on his upcoming book The Underwater Museum featuring stunning images of his work. My introductory essay explores the complexity and vulnerability of coral reefs and the role of artificial reefs in conservation.
Hear more from my trip to Fiji in Outlook on the BBC World Service
I was in Florida Keys recently making a documentary for BBC Radio 4 and got to visit the amazing Aquarius Reef Base (the world’s only underwater research station).
A few clips from BBC Radio 4 and World Service programmes I’ve been on as a studio guest and reporting from around the world.
October 15th is Ada Lovelace Day Live. Check out this great new book packed with inspiring stories of women in science, engineering, technology & maths. Including my piece about my marine biology hero, Eugenie Clark.
Together with wildlife photographer Jamie Gundry I produced this short film about the phenomenal wading birds of Snettisham on the north Norfolk coast.
In November I’ll be speaking at the Royal Geographical Society’s annual expedition and fieldwork planning weekend in London. I’ll be offering advice on communicating your discoveries both during and after an expedition.
Check out my first podcast for Chemistry World as I explore the world of valuable whale poo.
My latest report for Outlook on the BBC World Service comes from the Gambia where I took a stroll around a living street art gallery on the walls and houses of a remote village.
In October I’m teaching an introductory course on science and nature writing at Cambridge University’s splendid Madingley Hall.