I am a science writer and communicator with a PhD in genetics, ecology and evolution from the University of Leeds and the Institute of Zoology. I currently work as Innovation Officer for the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (UCL) as well as working as a freelance science writer. I believe science communication is an integral part of research, and I am actively involved in projects aimed at disseminating science to the public. I write the science blog, Curious Meerkat and have been published both in print and online (New Scientist, BBC Earth, Nature, ScienceNOW). I am also involved in public engagement of science through the Conservation Hackathon project, Biotweeps, BrightClub, Science Showoff and the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, and public speaking.