I graduated with a triple 1st from the University of Cambridge, with a MCantab in Natural Sciences (zoology) and MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science. I earned two college scholarships and my final year zoology dissertation was awarded the 'Oxford University Prize for Excellence in Biosciences'. I have just completed a PhD at Cambridge on the natural histories of monstrous exotic animals in the Renaissance. I am located in Islington in London.
While doing my undergraduate course I reared moths and butterflies in my student room, got involved in science journalism and dabbled in home cheese-making. I have worked at London's Natural History museum and the Zoological Society of London. My own natural history 'cabinet of curiosity' contains many amazing specimens such as nautilus shells, beaver skulls and insects that I love to use to illustrate biological topics.
I have written on strange and exotic beasts for BBC Wildlife Magazine and others, and was recently on BBC Woman's Hour discussing the natural history fo unicorns. My book 'Feathers and Eggshells' about the birds of Hampstead Heath (2000).
This background gives my biology teaching an exciting and engaging undercurrent for students, while also being highly focused on the nuts and bolts of how to get the best possible marks in exams. I love helping students grow in their ability to understand biology at a deeper level, not just learn the facts on their course.