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?
My 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.