Hello. I'm an award-winning science writer covering topics in evolution, palaeontology, conservation, and health. I've written about our ancient fishy ancestor, how beavers can solve all our problems (when it comes to flooding and water purification), 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 provided a window into a new method of killing antibacterial-resistant microbes.
In 2017, I touched on my struggles with depression and suicide for The Open Notebook. Since then I have covered various stories in mental health, both personal and universal. My feature into the friendship bench (first published in Mosaic) won a best feature award at the Association of British Science Writers in 2019. My first book, A Cure for Darkness: The Story of Depression and How We Treat It, is published in early 2021.