Kate Ravilious is an independent science journalist, based in York, UK. She writes about the latest discoveries in the scientific world and has a particular passion for earth sciences, climate, environment and archaeology. Her work is published in magazines and newspapers and on websites such as New Scientist, Nature, The Guardian, Archaeology and Physics World.

Kate started out as a geologist, but after slicing up thousands of rocks for her PhD she realised that she was too impatient to be a scientist, and better suited to being nosy about other people’s research. In 2000 she won The Daily Telegraph/BASF Young Science Writer of the Year and abandoned research for the world of science journalism.

Since then she has been writing features and news stories about topics ranging from beetles that harvest raindrops to aggressive drivers that cause traffic jams.

In addition Kate provides media and writing skills courses to scientists.