talking & teaching

To spread the word about conservation, environmental stewardship, ecology and my beloved peat, I’m involved in various educational initiatives:

Action for Conservation – A charity set up to educate secondary school children about what conservation is, what career options in conservation might be and how everyone can get involved now, whatever job they end up in.  We run one hour interactive workshops in schools and an annual residential event, to engage 11 to 18 year olds in environmental topics.

Soapbox Science – Gets female scientists atop soapboxes on the busy streets of major UK cities talking about their science to as many passers by as they can catch in an hour. I joined the Reading city centre crew this year, talking about Peanut Butter, Palm Oil and Peat.  Here’s my Q&A intro.

Informal presentations and other events:

  • Snappy Chats at the Minstead Study Centre Open/Apple Day (a leading education centre in the New Forest that teaches primary school children about the environment and their role in maintaining it) talking about Orangutans and Palm Oil
  • Undergraduate tutoring for Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford
  • Guest lectures for the University of Oxford Masters course in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management and various British Ecological Society symposia


I welcome opportunities to talk and run workshops on the topics above, and other conservation tales, so please get in touch if I can help at an event.  Key words include, in no particular order: peat, palm oil, tropical forests, tropical agriculture, conservation.