I’m a biologist, writer and researcher. My work spans critical and creative writing on sound, music and environment, and quantitative (mostly computational) research somewhere at the interface of ecological change, technology and human health.
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: my current PhD work at UCL’s Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research is on predicting effects of global change on Lassa fever and other wildlife-borne infections. I’ve also been part of 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 about sound, music and environment 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.
Alongside Anja Kanngieser and Paul Rekret I’m a core member of an ongoing creative project, Amplification//Annihilation, which explores the links between sound, ecological change and environmental justice. In the last year we held a night of listening at Cafe Oto (programme notes), broadcast on Resonance, published in CTM Magazine, and will be hosting an upcoming 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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