I am a freelance science writer, performer and comedian with a background in ecology and evolutionary biology.

I did a PhD in Genetics, Ecology and Evolution at the University of Leeds and the Institute of Zoology, and I currently work part-time as Impact and Innovation Officer for the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, based at UCL, as well as my freelance work.

I write the science blog, Curious Meerkat, edit the Natural Environment Blog for the London NERC DTP, and have been published both in print and online (New Scientist, Nature News, The Scientist, Mongabay). I have also written book chapters on ecology and climate and copy-edited books on evolution and nutrition.

I do talks and comedy sets on everything from evolution and ant behaviour to sustainability and superfoods, and have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Wilderness Festival, Greenman Festival and pubs around London. I have appeared on science comedy panels at Professor Malices' Science Apocalpse and The Science Newseum. I have appeared on tv and radio talking about ant behaviour and fire ecology.

My background is in evolution, ecology, genetics and animal behaviour, and I did a PhD on the genetics and social behaviour of the 3cm-long dinosaur ant, Dinoponera quadriceps. I've also studied zebra finches, warthogs and bats, and I am curious about topics throughout the biological and environmental sciences. I have an endless curiosity about the world and everything in it - how it works, how it came to be here, and how it will respond to future changes. I take a realistic, pragmatic approach and I am interested in innovative solutions that generate win-wins for productivity and conservation and sustainability.

In my spare time I enjoy wildlife photography and I sell some of my prints and gifts on my Etsy store.

This year I'm taking part in The Science Showoff Talent Factory, working with a cohort of 14 amazing science performers on some cool new projects and events, with mentoring from some of the UK's top science communicators.

If you'd like to book me for an event, drop me an email or tweet me @claireasher.