On the radio: the tail of a snail
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.
In my latest documentary for BBC Radio 4, I explore the science of making waves and go in search of the perfect wave.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My latest report for BBC World Service’s Outlook features the incredible women who gather oysters from the mangrove forests around the River Gambia.
It’s the last day of 2012 and I’ve just finished making the last episode of the Naked Oceans podcast. In it, I catch up with a bunch of the folks who’ve appeared on the show over the last two series, and chat with them about the future of the oceans. This whole Naked Oceans thing …
In my latest report for BBC Radio 4’s Saving Species I go to Florida to meet Dr Sarah Frias Torres and the enormous fish she studies in the deep waters on the fringes of the Gulf Stream.
Tortoises are not well known for being noisy. They are in fact pretty much silent creatures and perhaps not great on radio. But I still managed to catch them making sounds on tape for my latest BBC broadcast, on Radio 4’s Saving Species this week. Listen here to a clip from the programme. During my trip …
For six years I was an oceans expert on the BBC Radio 4 series Home Planet. It was a huge pleasure to join my colleagues on air, including most weeks Philip Stott, to answer listeners questions about science and the environment. Here are a few of my favourite questions: If squeezing gases makes them hot, …
You can hear me this week on BBC Radio 4’s Saving Species meeting some of the teeniest members of the syngnathid family. I went to Tampa Bay in Florida and did a spot of seahorse hunting with the wonderful Professor Heather Mason-Jones. Assisted by a gang of keen students (all of them ladies – go girls) …
And so I make my debut on comedy radio which came as something of a surprise, I can tell you. Well… not by the time this week’s episode of The Museum of Curiosity hit the airways but a few months back when I got an unexpected email asking if I’d fancy being on the show …
This week I had another trip to London to catch up with the Home Planet team at the BBC. For the first time I appeared alongside the fantastic astronomer Carolin Crawford, which meant we were 50:50 girls:boys – usually there’s a distinct male bias to the proceedings. It also meant that Toby the producer had a …
Can it really be a year since I started making podcasts about the sea? 12 months have flown by in a blur of chatting with amazing ocean experts, getting to grips with microphones, recorders, editing software, and websites, and having a lot of fun talking oceans alongside the lovely Sarah Castor-Perry. We’ve just put the …
For several years now I’ve been regular co-presenter on the Naked Scientists – a fun, live science show broadcast from Cambridge University. And if any of you have ever listened in, you’ll know that I tend to talk about the oceans, a lot. Well, now I’m getting the chance to talk about nothing else, in …