On the radio: the tail of a snail
My new book explores a century of the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures about the natural world.
22-23rd July 2017 I’ll be appearing at the Curious Arts Festival
I chat argonauts, deep coral reefs and Jacques Cousteau’s films with Robin Ince and Brian Cox. Listen again online or download the pocast.
Listen online or download the podcast to hear me chat about my ichthyological hero, Eugenie Clark, and have a chance to win a signed copy of Spirals in Time.
Have we already passed ‘peak fish’? I take a close look at the world’s fisheries for BBC Focus magazine.
As team captain for Newcastle, I took part in this year’s Christmas University Challenge along side some illustrious folk.
Join me as I explore earth’s final frontier – the deep sea – for the cover story in the Christmas edition of BBC Focus magazine.
In my essay published in The Turnip Truck(s) journal I find an unexpected sea creature and try to hold onto it for a while.
Last year I explored remote mangrove forests of Madagascar where I encountered a strange new threat to these green fringes of the sea. I report for Hakai magazine.
October 5th 7pm PDT I’ll be speaking about seahorses at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California.
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I’m very pleased to announce my follow up to SPIRALS IN TIME.
At this year’s Cambridge Science festival I’ll be exploring the wonders of sharks
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.