Favourite Thing: I absolutely love learning about animals. They’re amazing! Whether I’m using fossils to learn more about incredible animals that are extinct, like Pterosaurs (my favourite – because they’re basically dragons!), working out why shrimp behave the way they do, climbing up mountains to hunt for wolf poo, or kayaking around (falling into) swamps and rivers to learn about frogs and salmon, I love discovering new and amazing things about life on earth, and it’s even better if I can use these discoveries to find new ways to protect the animals and plants that we share the planet with today.
University of Cambridge, Wilmslow High School, Gorsey Bank Primary School, Heritage Hall School (Oklahoma City).
BA (Hons) Natural Sciences
Conservation Science Research Intern – A Rocha, Canada; Research Assistant at the Balkani Large Carnivore Centre – Balkani Wildlife Society, Bulgaria; Intern – UK Wolf Conservation Trust
God and the Big Bang – Project Coordinator
‘God and the Big Bang’
Me and my work
I work on an exciting project called God and the Big Bang.
I enjoy sharing my love of science with other people. I am also a Christian. So at the moment I combine these two things by working on a project where I organise and take part in events where scientists go into schools to talk with young people about how science and religion can fit together. Ideal!
My Typical Day
I’m not sure I have a typical day at work, every day is different!
I do a lot of different things at work and no two days are ever the same! I can be:
- talking to and working with schools and top scientists across the UK to arrange exciting school events about science and God;
- travelling to schools and youth groups to speak at or help run these events;
- writing for blogs and magazines about science, science and Christianity or the God and the Big Bang project itself;
- and, my favourite, coming up with new ideas for the project, like cool hands-on science activities!
What I'd do with the money
Come up with some great indoor animal related activities.
One of the best ways of sharing the excitement and wonder of nature is to get outside to explore and discover more about the world we are a part of. But with more and more people living in towns and cities with less of a chance to get out into the middle of nowhere, and with many of the events I run being indoors, is there a way that we can explore nature from inside? I’d like to find out. So I would spend the money on putting together some indoor wildlife activities that are as amazing and valuable a way to experience nature as being able to jump in a river or climb up a mountain. I want everyone to be able to share in the excitement of discovering more about nature first-hand!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Wolf mad adventurer.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
How can you choose just one? Today my favourite band is Kodaline. Ask me again tomorrow!
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Last year I got stuck on a Canadian island for four days because there was so much snow that all the roads were blocked. There was also a power-cut because of all the snow. Whilst sounding pretty scary, it became one of the best adventures I’ve ever had and a wonderful opportunity to practice my survival and teamwork skills for real! It’s making me laugh just writing about it!
What did you want to be after you left school?
The next David Attenborough… or a different TV Wildlife Documentary Presenter
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Hardly ever, that’s what my noisy twin brother was for! Teachers always thought I was quiet… until they got to know me!
What was your favourite subject at school?
Biology, but my second favourite was history… Maybe that’s why I love fossils?!
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Spent time living on a mountain in Bulgaria to research wolf behaviour and their relationship with local people.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
David Attenborough: I just loved the way he knew so much about the natural world.
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A painter – the artistic kind, not just bedroom walls and things…
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) That dragons would be real. 2)That I could talk to animals 3)That everyone could see how special this planet is and want to take care of it.
Tell us a joke.
What do you call the clumsy dinosaur that keeps breaking your stuff?… Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! (sorry, couldn’t resist!)