Writing samples

Here are some examples of my non-fiction writing, which often focusses on sustainable agriculture or conservation.

Rewilding is about moving forward, not looking back Rewilding Magazine

How do we choose what to save? The Niche

Is wild game meat good for the environment? FoodUnfolded

Species are not ‘invading’, and recorders are volunteers, not soldiers The Biologist

How to build a scientific career Nobelprize.org

What squirrels can teach us about why, when, and how to use gene drives SynBioBeta

We need a plan, not just a ban The Biologist

The future of GMO food Scientific American

Perspectives on organic agriculture and new plant breeding techniques Food & Climate Research Network

Digestible grass could have benefits for livestock and biofuels Genetic Literacy Project

Does ‘ethical omnivore’ beat vegetarian? Farming Futures

It’s time for rational regulation The Biologist

GM camellia can prove Omega-3s for fish Biofortified

Farming post-Brexit: the fate of agri-environment schemes

Years of surprises from flying ants Royal Society of Biology blog

I have broad experience of writing articles, reports and press releases. If you are interested in hearing more please get in touch.

Book reviews

I enjoy reviewing fiction and non-fiction books and am very happy to be contacted by authors looking for a review. Here are some examples.


Breathing on Glass by Jennifer Cryer

When the Killing’s Done by T C Boyd

Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler


Defending Biodiversity by Jonathan Newman, Gary Varner and Stefan Linquist

Unfit for Purpose by Adam Hart

Shark Biology and Conservation by Daniel C. Abel and R. Dean Grubbs

Wildlife Politics by Bruce Rocheleau

State of the Apes edited by Helen Rainer, Alison White, Annette Lanjouw

Fighting for Birds: 25 years in nature conservation by Mark Avery

The Value of Species by Edward L McCord

A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago by Richard ffrench

The Compatibility Gene by Daniel Davis

Agroecology by Stephen Gliessman

Body by Darwin by Jeremy Taylor (Shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Society of Biology book awards general category, for which I was a judge).

Gene Jockeys by Nicolas Rasmussen

Swallowtail butterfly by Rebecca Nesbit