Rebecca Nesbit

Monkey - Barbary Macaques (Macaca sylvanus). Photo: Rebecca NesbitIn the midst of a global extinction, what should we save?

I’m an ecologist and author, writing fiction and non-fiction about science and the ethical questions it raises. My current focus is  environmental ethics, and in my writing and talks I argue for a better understanding of what conservation aims to achieve.

Only once we have decided on our overall goals can we answer some of the pressing questions that conservationists face. Does protection of native wildlife justify killing ‘invasive’ species such as rats and cats? Is it acceptable to displace forest peoples to protect the ecosystem? Should we block the building of a community centre because of the impact on great-crested newts? What about a hotel?

Is that fish in your tomato? Rebecca Nesbit, popular science book on GMOs, genetically modified cropsMy first popular science book, Is that Fish in your Tomato?, explores the benefits and the risks of genetically modified foods. Other non-fiction topics I enjoy writing about range from pesticides and bioenergy to flying ants.

I graduated from Durham University, and went on to study butterfly migration. I now work in science communication, and make science jewellery in my spare time.

Thank you for visiting my website, and please get in touch if you have any suggestions or have ideas of ways to work together. Please follow me on Twitter @RebeccaNesbit.