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The Big Book of Useless Knowledge
250 of the Coolest, Weirdest, and Most Unbelievable Facts You Won’t Be Taught in School

ISBN: 9781684493883

I wrote the "Nature" section of this children's encyclopedia, published by Neon Squid. Now available for pre-order through Amazon, Indigo/Chapters, and direct from the publisher, and elsewhere.

Release date: May 14, 2024


I've written features for BBC Science Focus.

“Nature's real-life vampires” (published Oct. 2022 in print, Nov. 15, 2022 online)

"Say Ahh..." (published Aug. 2023 in print, Jan. 27, 2024 online)

I wrote a piece for Nature about what scientists can expect doing what I do.

“What scientists can expect when dabbling in science writing” (June 5, 2019)


My full-length Massive Science articles and short format "lab notes" indexed on my Massive Science author page. Some highlights include: 


"Whale sharks’ huge bodies mean they’ve never really been cold-blooded" (August 25, 2020)

"Meet mathematician Emmy Noether, mother of the most beautiful theorem in the world"   (April 13, 2019)

"Humans appear to be worse for animals than radioactive fallout" (January 15, 2018).

My author profile at The Conversation located here.


“Why we see hope for the future of science journalism" (February 26, 2019).

“Being a dad is hard when you're a plainfin midshipman fish" (February 21, 2019). 

“Meet the famous mummichog: Model fish extraordinaire” (November 12, 2018). 

I've written several articles for the Canadian Science Publishing Blog. Some highlights are:


"Using DNA libraries to track mysterious, microscopic, and endangered animals" (January 26, 2021)

"The secret to good Chinese liquor is in the mud" (May 12, 2020)

"Wood bison dodge biting flies and soggy soil" (March 30, 2020)

My articles in the Journal of Experimental Biology including Outside JEB (editorial commentary) and peer-reviewed papers are here. Some of my Outside JEB highlights:

"Most salamander glow: now what?" (June 4, 2020)

"Fish larvae are oxygen fans" (February 4, 2020)

Fasting fish risk oxidative stress(August 30, 2018) 

"Widespread 'gassing off' in killifishes" (November 1, 2018)

I've written for many other outlets, including CSZ-SCZ Blog (where I am also Managing Editor). A complete list of my published articles is available upon request. 


I wrote the Nature chapter of The Big Book of Useless Knowledge, to be published by Neon Squid (ISBN: 9781684493883) in May 2024. Now available for pre-order on Amazon, Indigo - Chapters, Neon Squid's website, and elsewhere - see the top of this page.


I worked with Plympton, Inc. on the Did You Know? project, authoring 20+ children's books about animals and other nature topics. Learn more about the series here.

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