I’m an eclectic talking ape who has always been fascinated by the world around us and deeply enamored with language in every form. When I finally had to decide what to study, I chose science and earned a B.Sc. in plant genetics and then an M.Sc. in evolutionary biology. My clandestine love for language never wavered, though it withered and bloomed by turns under my inconstant ministrations, like a poorly tended garden. I started this blog to help me amend that by bringing my two passions together, as well as giving me an opportunity to share them with you.
After a few years of successful blogging, I decided to become a full-time freelance writer while still trying to wrap up the final bits of my PhD work at the University of Helsinki. When not writing, I’m pursuing any of a collection of hobbies, including poetry, piano, calligraphy, and photography. I live on a farm in Morocco with a congeries of other creatures, including my cherished partner, a photographer.
I generally eschew social media in favour of email, but you can find me on Twitter (@inspiringsci) and LinkedIn. In addition to Inspiring Science, I write Wonders of the World, a crowd-funded series about some of the Earth’s other amazing creatures, and Accumulating Glitches, part of Nature’s Scitable blog network. I have also written for Nature Middle East, BBC Focus, and Think magazine. If you’d like to hire me for a writing, editing, or speaking job, please get in touch.