Challenging Habitat Blog
Foyn Point from Mount Johnston

Scientific Antarctic Expedition

I’ve been supporting the Antarctic Quest 21 expedition as scientific advisor for just over 12 months now, and if you are not following my professional website news, you won’t necessarily be aware of that.

Carbon Neutral before 2030

This week’s top priority is climate change, carbon footprint reduction, sustainability, mitigation… …and for me, it should be my own climate target!

My Forest

I support Tree Sisters to plant more trees – growing into forests – supporting ecosystems – helping local communities to thrive. Social, economic and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand for a better future.

A change is as good as a rest :)

Hello my friends, it is time to introduce my new venture to you. I have left the University of Plymouth to set up as a freelance science communicator and environmental educator. Based on over 20 years of experience… Read More

Sail Training and Ocean Science

A couple of years ago I got involved with the charity Seas Your Future and to incorporate elements of ocean science and citizen science into sail training on the tall ship Pelican of London. It is the UN… Read More


It’s lovely blackberry time in the Cornish hedges and it occurred to me: To get the sweetest fruit, you have to be patient, allow space and time to grow and ripen. Now and then you check and taste… Read More

Frosted Bluebell

Working from home during lockdown saves me and my carbon footprint a daily 1.5 h commute and I have more flexibility with when and how I start my day. Some mornings just beckon a walk along the river!… Read More

Outdoor Daily III

Feeling a little bedraggled in this wet winter lockdown? I did today… thought I needed to see people face to face, must get out of this valley for a different perspective, crave a glass of wine in the… Read More

Sights of Hebrides and Skye – Darwin200

The beauty of the Western Isles is captured here:

Darwin200 day 3: waiting for good conditions

Still in Liverpool, waiting for the weather conditions becoming more favourable tomorrow, we took the opportunity to analyse nutrients in the Mersey estuary. Of course, taking one sample at one time in a very dynamic environment will tell… Read More

Darwin200 Ocean Science sets sail out of Sutton Harbour

As we are passing Devil’s Point on our own boat Little Charly this morning, we see the Pelican of London winding its way out of Plymouth Sound. Light winds mean little chance for much sailing, but there is… Read More

Outdoor Daily

Seeds of a thisle ready to take off on an adventure into the unknown. hope – flexibility – optimism – acceptance – risk – appreciation – opportunity – resilience – smile! I’m ready to travel again, too!