I’m a biologist and writer, whose current work spans critical writing on sound, music and environment, and quantitative (mostly computational) research on consequences of environmental change for biodiversity and people.
My scientific research is broadly concerned with the ecological and biodiversity consequences of global environmental change, and how these in turn impact human societies. I’m particularly interested in the links between environment, ecology and infectious disease, and my current doctoral research at UCL’s Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research is on modelling and predicting effects of global change on wildlife-borne diseases (with one particular focus being Lassa fever). I’ve also worked within several other ongoing ecological monitoring, modelling and citizen science projects, including iBats/Bat Detective and WWF-UK’s Conservation Technology Series.
I’ve been writing critically and journalistically about sound and music since 2008, and right now I regularly freelance for The Wire, The Quietus and assorted other outlets. My higher-profile work has included several cover features for The Wire (most recently on the Quantum Natives collective) and µ20, a book on the history of UK label Planet Mu. Previously I’ve worked in-house as a features editor and columnist at The Quietus, and features and copy writer at Rinse FM.
More recently I’ve been collaborating with Anja Kanngieser and Paul Rekret on an ongoing project, Amplification//Annihilation, exploring the links between sound, ecological change and environmental politics. In the last year we held a night of listening at Cafe Oto (programme notes), broadcast on Resonance, published in CTM Magazine and most recently gave a multimedia lecture/presentation at Unsound Krakow 2018.
I’ve moderated panels and artist talks at The British Library, Unsound and Incubate, hosted radio shows and/or produced mixes for Rinse FM, Resonance and NTS, and also written for labels including Mute, PIAS, Honest Jon’s, O Genesis, Leaf and Hessle Audio.
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