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.
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.
On our expedition to Fiji, Josh Drew from Columbia University takes me through the steps of getting the fish we’ve caught ready to ship to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. .
On June 13th I’m taking part in an evening event at Imperial College’s new Digital Media Lab with a panel of wonderful speakers who’ll be discussing whether Digital can Save the Oceans.
Ever wondered what the inside of a lionfish looks like? Need to know how to extract a lionfish ear bone? Either way, check out this video I shot in Abaco, Bahamas last year. .
Here’s a video I made with Ria Mishaal at the Biodiversity Institue, Oxford University earlier this year.
Here are some highlight’s from Just a Minnow at the Festival of Ideas in Cambridge’s Zoology Museum last year.
I produced this short film for the Cambridge Conservation Initiative to mark Sir David Attenborough’s launch of the Conservation Campus in Cambridge.
For this year’s Cambridge Science Festival I’ll be trying to persuade you to like fish and other ocean critters as much as we do whales.
I’m writing about the the plight of the oceans and the science behind artificial reefs for Jason deCaires Taylor’s upcoming book that will feature his beautiful and thought-provoking underwater sculptures.
In my latest story for National Geographic News I report for a second time on glowing deep sea sharks – this time about how they warn off predators using light sabers…
I’m thrilled to announce that in June 2013 I will be joining Dr Joshua Drew from Columbia University on a research expedition to Fiji.
My latest report for BBC World Service’s Outlook features the incredible women who gather oysters from the mangrove forests around the River Gambia.
I was thrilled to get invited to speak at TEDx at LSE. It’s on 9 March and I think the tickets are nearly sold out already. The theme is Redfining Your Boundaries.