writer as well as a
scientist, one thing that I see as critically important is the
effective, understandable and accurate communication of the Natural
Sciences to the public. My scientific interpretation
work typically involves detailed subject research and imaging,
followed by creation of text, often in conjunction with graphics as the
output will often be an interpretation sign, website or booklet,
although I have also worked in radio and TV at times. Please
me if you have a project you
wish to discuss.
In the interpretation of geology, for
example, I aim to bring lost, ancient landscapes back to life through
the power of words. This text sample part
I put together in 1999 takes
through time to Mid Wales in the Triassic Period, about 220
million years ago:
day and we stand on the summit of Plynlimon looking at
the strange landscape through the heat-haze. To the north and the south
low undulating hills stretch into the far distance. To the west the
hills tail off into a great depression where Cardigan Bay ought to be.
There is not a sign of life in this silent red land. The open sea lies
a long distance off to the north and east, beyond the salt-lagoons of
the Cheshire Plain. The seemingly endless cycle of sunrise and sunset
over the red landscape will continue for another ten million years. It
will take that long for the sea to return."
Graphics sometimes get big concepts across more
effectively than words
alone. Please click here
for an example - the concept of Geological Time!
talks and guided field-trips to various areas in North and Central
Wales are also available. I have guided a number of Open University and
similar parties over the years and can put together an
itinerary based on the interests of the party - email
details and prices. The trips involve the use of private cars with some
short walks, the aim being to minimise travel time and maximise
geological time, so to speak! Click here for an
example of an itinerary in Coed y Brenin
(porphyry-copper mineralisation) in North Wales.