Confusion in the age of coronavirus: what we can (and can’t) learn

It seems like the time of Covid-19 has been characterised by mixed messages. It can’t be killed by hand sanitiser (it can). We won’t be shutting things down (we will). Herd immunity. Social distancing. Self-isolation. I won’t comment on any of that, because I’m not an epidemiologist, psychologist, sociologist, or … Continue reading “Confusion in the age of coronavirus: what we can (and can’t) learn”

Corals and Crayons: Half Term Outreach with Seeking Survivors

After my brief stint working at Bristol Aquarium, I didn’t think I’d ever willingly step into an aquarium during the February half term again. But somehow, earlier this month, I found myself doing just that, all in the name of coral reef conservation.

The Not So Common Skate

My third article for The Conservation Project International is all about the common skate. Skates are elasmobranchs (the same class as sharks and rays). The common skate is very large at up to 2.85m, slow-growing and long-lived (three traits that often mean vulnerable to extinction). It used to be one … Continue reading “The Not So Common Skate”

Calico Groupers Under Threat

My second article for The Conservation Project International is up on their website – it touches on the plight of Goliath groupers but goes into greater depth on the less publicised damage being done to their cousins, the calico groupers. I talk about recreational and commercial overfishing of slow growing … Continue reading “Calico Groupers Under Threat”

The Rarest Shark In The World: The Ganges River Shark

Hi all! A quick note to say you should head over to The Conservation Project International’s website, both to check out the really cool work they are trying to do and to read my article on the Ganges river shark, the rarest shark in the world. I’m going to be … Continue reading “The Rarest Shark In The World: The Ganges River Shark”

Finding the joy of zoology

A few days holiday in Croatia turned out to be more than just a pleasant break from being in an office all day. It was also a refreshing and invigorating reminder of why I chose to study Zoology, why I loved it, and why I am continuing to pursue a … Continue reading “Finding the joy of zoology”

Ocean Plastics: My Personal Past and Future Plans

I attended an Ocean Conservation Panel on marine plastic pollution last week. It was really interesting with incredible speakers, and made me reflect on my history with the issue of ocean plastics and where we should go from here. While marine plastics pollution is an issue that is only becoming … Continue reading “Ocean Plastics: My Personal Past and Future Plans”

Ocean Conservation Panel with Sylvia Earle

Last night I went to an “Ocean Conservation Panel” at the Steppes Travel Beyond Festival in London, all about marine plastics pollution. I got to see one of my absolute all-time idols speak, and find some new ones, as well as get some inspiration to change my behaviour and annoy … Continue reading “Ocean Conservation Panel with Sylvia Earle”