Today we're meeting PhD student Sara Middleton from the University of Oxford, who's studying the effect of drought on a UK calcareous grassland. Sara's love for plants spreads across all aspects of her life and she runs an outreach project, YouTube channel and is also working on a documentary to get other's involved too.
From blood red seas to photosynthetic sea slugs, the story of photosynthesis is incredibly interesting. In this post, I hope to convince you there is so much more to this vital reaction, and to continue your own research into its rich history.
On Tuesday 30th June 2020, my first first-author paper was published in Ecology letters. The journey from idea to publication was long, complicated and a dramatic learning curve. In this post, I'll break my journey down into five milestones and five pieces of advice I wish I could go back and tell myself.
To celebrate Pride Month, we're looking at six plants inspired by the Rainbow Flag. This rainbow of plants will take you on a tour of plant science, from ecology to biochemistry.
Enchanted forests have amazed and inspired us for generations. Whether they offer sanctuary, danger or adventure, once the protagonist steps foot within a forest, you know you're in for a wild ride. From breathing forest floors to bizarrely shaped trees, in today's post, we'll explore some real-life, fantasy forests that feel like the stuff of legends.
The relationship between humans and plants can be traced all the way back to early humanity. However, in recent history, it has been reserved for the wealthy, white, upper classes. Inspired by the Black in Nature movement, I want to dedicate this week's post to some incredible African-American people who achieved incredible things in botany.
On 30th March 2020, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley blasted off into space as the first astronauts to be launched by a private company, SpaceX. In honour of this historic moment, we're going to discuss the possibilities of growing and harvesting plants in space and on Mars.
We gain a lot of information about a thing by knowing its name. So what if its name is misleading? While this doesn't change the wonder or beauty of these species, it does hide some of the interesting history behind them.
Bioluminescent plants, giant Hometrees and plant communication might seem like science fiction, but you might not have to travel from one star system to another to experience the joys of Pandora.
In 2017, I was invited back to my secondary school as a guest speaker for an annual diversity and inclusivity event. This speech was a milestone in my career as a plant scientist and I am excited to share it with you.