About: Natalie Lawrence
It's a common trope, but I have always been fascinated by nature, particularly animals: watching, photographing, learning more and writing about them. I have been a not-so-closet geek, reared exotic silk moths in my bedroom, and filled my living space with spectacular specimens for as long as I can remember. My natural history cabinet is a prized but entirely impractical feature of my life (see some of my favourite specimens below).
I have a MCatab in natural sciences (zoology) from the University of Cambridge, where I also did a MSc in history of science and a PhD on the natural history of exotic monstrosity. To give you an idea, this meant hunting for narcoleptic walruses, deer-pranking armadillos and singing sloths amongst the pages of very old and beautifully illustrated books written in Latin.
Since my thesis, I have worked and volunteered at London's Natural History Museum and Zoological Society of London in a variety of roles, including behind the scenes on the NHM press team for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and on the digital team at ZSL.
My current freelance work involves writing for various magazines and blogs on topics ranging from the Winston Churchill's platypus, to birds of paradise in 17th century Europe to why pangolins are so mysterious. Here is some of my work, or check out my blog at The Manticore.
I love sharing ideas about science and nature, and finding exciting ways to engage people's interest. Presenting workshops at the Big Bang fair on extinct megafauna and giving my TEDX talk at Warwick University on monstrosity have been some of my favourite experiences. See my talk here.
I have also given hundreds of hours of private biology tuition and run intensive revision courses for a range of students, from A-level students wishing to improve their grades to University students in need of help working through confusing courses. For some contrast, I recently qualified as a Les Mills BodyCombat instructor.