I am interested in how pheromones evolve in animals across the animal kingdom. I’m also keen to see how animal behaviour researchers could learn from the revolutions happening in psychology in response to the problems of reproducibility.
What led you to become a scientist?
Frogs and pond life fascinated me from an early age. Reading a popular science book by Niko Tinbergen in my teens encouraged me to think about observing behaviour and led ultimately to a career studying animals.
What should scientists do to interact with more people outside their specialist field and engage with the public?
Get out there on Twitter, to live events too, and get involved in constructive debates. I tweet sciencey stuff at @pheromoneEvo and @BehavingAnimals
If you weren’t/couldn’t be a scientist, what would you like to do?
Helping people use computers and software. Gardening also appeals.
“Don’t let my past be your future: A call to arms” by Harry Leslie Smith (2017, Constable). He was born into extreme poverty in 1923. The book is his account of how the world was changed by the Labour government of 1945 and how we are slipping back to the inequalities of the 1920s and 1930s. He shows what we stand to lose as the NHS is threatened by underfunding and creeping privatization.