From opinion for The Guardian to a feature for Nature, I have written a wide on a range of scientific and environmental topics.
See below for a selection of my previous works.
HOW EVOLUTION BUILDS GENES FROM SCRATCH
"In the depths of winter, water temperatures in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean can sink below zero. That’s cold enough to freeze many fish, but the conditions don’t trouble the cod. A protein in its blood and tissues binds to tiny ice crystals and stops them from growing..."
WHY I THINK THERE'S STILL HOPE FOR THE CLIMATE IN 2017
"Optimism has always been in short supply in conversations about global warming. Only for the briefest window – after the Paris climate agreement was reached in December 2015 – did the words “climate” and “hope” look reasonable next to each other in headlines. Then came 2016...."
HOW TO PREDICT THE FUTURE
"Niels Bohr’s famous line that “prediction is very difficult, especially about the future” rings true for climate change. To help us understand how manmade emissions affect our planet, climate scientists have developed some of the most sophisticated computer models ever created..."
“BOMB CARBON” HAS BEEN FOUND IN DEEP-OCEAN CREATURES
"The Mariana Trench, in the western Pacific Ocean between Japan and Papua New Guinea, plunges nearly seven miles below the surface at its deepest point. It is one of the most inaccessible environments on Earth, but it has not escaped the impact of humanity’s violence..."
HORSE-SIZED DINOSAUR SHEDS LIGHT ON T. REX’S ORIGINS
"Fragments of a newly identified dinosaur fossil from Uzbekistan have shed more light on how Tyrannosaurus rex and other fearsome carnivores evolved from their diminutive forebears — by getting smart before they got big..."
WILDERNESS IS VANISHINGLY RARE IN EARTH’S OCEANS
"Only 13% of Earth’s oceans can now be classed as wilderness, according to a 26 July study in Current Biology. Researchers used global data on 15 human stressors of oceans, including fishing, pollution and commercial shipping..."