I am Principal Lecturer in Biological Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University. I teach, research and write on human evolution, the effect of the environment on humans, palæoepidemeology, the relationship between biology and culture and the development of evolutionary thought. I am particularly interested in science education and communication, and have appeared on a large range of radio and television programmes discussing aspects of human evolution and the latest finds and developments in the subject. I’ve undertaken fieldwork across the world including South America and the Middle East. I have written numerous scholarly papers and am the co-author of two books. I have written for the Guardian on a number of contemporary issues in science, including climate change, creationism, religious belief and the use of human remains in research and also contributed book reviews to numerous publications, including History Today and the THES. I am a Vice President of the Royal Anthropological Institute and was involved in designing the biological aspects of the new RAI created A-Level in Anthropology. I am currently Chair of the Society for the Study of Human Biology and a Research Associate of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford.