Hello. I'm an award-winning science writer covering topics in evolution, conservation, and human health. I've written about our ancient fishy ancestor, how beavers can solve all our problems (when it comes to minor flooding and habitat restoration), and have walked through the Puerto Rican rainforest trying to find a golden frog that hasn't been heard for over 30 years. Often, one story leads to another. Coral reefs turned me to shark finning. People who live on the Tibetan Plateau guided me to the genetics of Neanderthals. And water-repellant geckos pointed towards a new method of killing antibacterial-resistant microbes.
More recently, I've largely been focused on stories in mental health. This started in 2017, the year I first touched on my struggles with depression and suicide for The Open Notebook. Since then I have covered the 80-year history of electroconvulsive therapy, how social media shapes my depression, and visited a group of grandmothers in Zimbabwe who are at the forefront of a revolution in mental health. This last story, published in Mosaic Science, won a best feature award at the Association of British Science Writers in 2019. Right now, this very second, I'm writing a book.