I am a global change ecologist and sometimes writer on sound, music and environment. My scientific research focuses on understanding how global environmental change is affecting both ecological systems and human health, with a particular focus on the ecology, epidemiology and drivers of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, including Lassa fever and dengue fever. I’m also interested in computational/quantitative ecology, biodiversity monitoring and modelling more broadly, and have been involved in several projects around bio/ecoacoustics, conservation tech and movement ecology. My work is mainly computational and quantitative, and typically involves combining big and/or messy ecological, epidemiological and satellite-derived datasets, Bayesian statistics, spatial, spatiotemporal and time-series modelling, machine learning, and probably maps.
I’ve been writing critically and journalistically about sound and music since 2008, currently with bylines at The Wire and The Quietus (and various other outlets in the past). My higher-profile work includes several cover features for The Wire (most recently on the Quantum Natives collective) and µ20, a short book on the history of UK label Planet Mu. Some other recent work has looked at links between sound, politics and environment, including written publications, radio, and presentations at Cafe Oto (programme notes) and Unsound Krakow. Previously I’ve worked in-house as a features editor and columnist at The Quietus, and features and copy writer at Rinse FM. 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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