Educator, researcher, science communicator, author



My book Flamingo was released by Reaktion Books in June 2015; an Italian-language version was published in 2017. It is part of the award-winning Animal Series. You can purchase a copy at Amazon (UK or US), Reaktion Books, or University of Chicago Press; if you would like a signed copy, you can order one by emailing me at

Popular press articles


  • October 2018: I spoke at TetZooCon 2018 (London, UK), on the topic of "Sonic Doom: Effects of Anthropogenic Disturbance on Bird Communication".
  • June 2018: I contributed a talk, "The Sounds of Science: The Importance of Audio in Science Outreach and Education", to the "Connecting People and Nature" symposium at the 2018 European Congress for Conservation Biology.
  • February 2018: I conducted a short workshop entitled "Social Media for Scholars" as part of the University of Exeter's Academic Practice Network.
  • January 2018: I was invited by the GW4 to lead a session about social media ("Social Media for Scholars") at the first instalment of the 2018 GW4 Crucible.
  • December 2017: From 24th-30th December, I curated the @RealScientists Twitter feed. I used the opportunity to discuss ornithology, conservation, animal communication, science outreach, and learning/teaching in higher education.
  • March 2017: I gave a keynote speech about women in science to the Women in STEMM Network at the University of Exeter.
  • August 2015: I visited Slimbridge WWT to talk about flamingos and sign copies of my new book.
  • April 2015: I was invited to speak at the Falmouth Cafe Scientifique, where I discussed how human noise impacts avian acoustic singnalling.
  • August 2014: I had the pleasure of being welcomed back to the Ancestor's Trail event, this time held in Epping Forest. I talked about "The Sounds of Love: The Role of Acoustic Signaling in Avian Reproduction".
  • August 2014: I discussed the "Top Ten Bird Sounds" at the University of Exeter Penryn Campus's Science in the Square event. 
  • June 2013: To kick off the University of Exeter's Grand Challenges event for the "Falmouth: Growth or Conservation" dilemma, I gave a lecture on the history of Falmouth.
  • April 2013: I presented a short TED-style talk at Parklive, a community event sponsored by Source FM.
  • March 2013:  I gave a lecture entitled "Birds, Art, and the Environment" at St. Andrews Church in Colyton, UK, as part of the Friends of St. Andrews lecture series.
  • February 2013: As part of the Penzance Cafe Scientifique, I gave a lecture on how humans act as a selection pressure.
  • Autumn 2011, 2012: I gave a lecture to University of Exeter biology students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) in order to provide advice about how they could pursue careers--or hobbies--in science communication. The talk is available on YouTube here
  • August 2012: As part of the Ancestor's Trail event in Somerset's Quantock Hills, I gave a lecture on how humans act as a selection pressure. The presentation is available as 5 YouTube clips: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, and Part V.
  • July 2012: I began hosting "Wild Side," a weekly radio show that airs from 1-2 PM every Wednesday on The Source 96.1 FM. Topics have included birdsong, urban ecosystems, running, sex, deception in the animal kingdom, and cooking. Video recordings of the broadcasts are available on my YouTube channel for episodes 8 onwards (see below). Podcasts are imminent. 
  • February 2009: I discussed "A Brief History of Birds in Art" for the Third Thursdays program at the Williamsburg Regional Library. The presentations is available as 6 YouTube clips: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, and Part VI
  • October 2008: I discussed "Birding and Technology" at a meeting of the Williamsburg Bird Club. The talk was based on an article of the same title that I published in Bird Watcher's Digest. The presentation is available as 4 YouTube clips: Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV.

Published poetry

  • To Kahnesatake, My Unseen Homeland
  • The Mystery of the Boy
  • Antidote to Love
  • The Spanish Pants (Barcelona, circa 1997)
  • Falling Autumn Leaves
  • Sonnet to a Loved One
  • Waiting
  • what is lost
  • Racism (All in One Moment)
  • I Will Sing (For my people)
  • Sassafras