About me

Hello, fellow wildlife enthusiasts! I’m Emma, a zoologist and science communicator with a life-long fascination with the natural world. From a young age, I have loved exploring the great outdoors. Some of my fondest childhood memories involve gazing into rock pools for hours on end during summer holidays in Cornwall, amazed by the fascinating world that lived beneath the surface. My fascination with the natural world led me to enrol on a BSc Zoology degree at the University of Leeds. Following that, I went on to study for a Masters degree in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation from Imperial College London. My plan was originally to enrol straight onto a PhD programme and become a fully-fledged scientist. However, I decided to take some time out to discover what I truly wanted to do as a career. Since graduating, I have been lucky to work as a conservation biologist in many stunning locations. Shortly after gaining my masters’ degree, I travelled to the Gal├ípagos Islands to join a research team to study the impacts of invasive species on the islands native biodiversity. I also spent 6 months working on Round Island – an uninhabited island 23km off the coast of Mauritius – rewilding giant Aldabra tortoises. However, even before going to uni, one of my greatest passions was discovering new exciting facts about wildlife and sharing them with others. This deep curiosity and love of communicating about the natural world stayed with me and became one of my main hobbies at university and beyond. I managed to chase this passion and landed some incredible opportunities alongside my work as a scientist. I managed to secure a spot on a highly competitive work placement scheme with the BBC, where I worked as a documentary researcher in their science department. I also worked as a science writer for a popular science magazine and even produced and presented my own hour-long, weekly wildlife show on Leeds Student Radio. In 2017, I was highly commended in BBC Wildlife Magazines Blogger Awards. I eventually bagged a full-time job working as Communications Coordinator for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust based on the beautiful island of Jersey in the English Channel. Eventually, I set up my website and YouTube Channel to share all of the weird and wonderful things about the natural world that I discover. In today’s digital world, I believe social media can be a powerful tool to bring together communities and inspire positive change. With that in mind, I hope that I can inspire others to appreciate the wonders of our planet and fuel their desire to want to explore it alongside me. And so here we are. Now you know who I am, I would love to know who YOU are! So join the adventure, and reach out to me on social media as I love meeting like-minded people. Together, let’s discover the world’s wildlife! If you would like to get in touch, email me at emma@emmacaton.co.uk

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