The Wildlife Channel is a multimedia website consisting mostly of my blog posts and YouTube videos written, produced, edited and presented by me, Emma Caton, all about our amazing natural world.
Since before starting my Zoology degree at university I loved sharing stories from the natural world and so I started my first blog back in the summer of 2012. A few years later, having developed a strong interest in filmmaking, I decide to start a YouTube channel as a place for me to share my favourite facts and some of my experiences with wildlife.
Hi I’m Emma!
I am a conservation biologist and science communicator currently working for The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation rewilding giant tortoises on the uninhabited islet, Round Island. I hold a Masters degree (MRes) in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation from Imperial College London and a bachelors degree (BSc) in Zoology from the University of Leeds. My Masters project was based at the Natural History Museum and was modelling the effects of different human pressures on biodiversity on a global scale. Since graduating I have worked as a researcher in the beautiful Galápagos islands on the invasive smooth billed ani, as a data analyst for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and as a research assistant at the University of Cambridge.
My two biggest passions are the natural world and science communication, and it is my ambition to share the wonders of wildlife with as many people as possible through writing, presenting and filmmaking. I created this multimedia website so I can share every fascinating little thing I learn about wildlife, but also so I can grow and learn about creating stories, presenting, filming, editing and writing to improve my skills as a communicator.
On my blog I want to share with you incredible wildlife stories, conservation news and latest research. Also check out my YouTube channel to see me present some short wildlife videos.
I have great passion and enthusiasm for the natural world and it would be my pleasure to share that with you!
As well as my blog and YouTube channel I have experience in science communication with a range of different media.
In May 2017 I was given the opportunity to do work experience as a researcher in the Science department of the BBC. I worked on the long-running astrology series, The Sky at Night and as a runner on a live broadcast of The One Show. My duties included searching for stories, camera set-up, on location shoots, interacting with the public, contracting contributors, drawing up contributor contact lists, searching for and booking transport and locations for shoots both in the UK and abroad, script writing and fact-checking.
In the past I have co-presented my own wildlife show on Leeds Student Radio with Ekbal Hussain. On our weekly show we talked about the latest news and research in the fields of zoology, ecology and earth sciences. The show was twice nominated for most informative radio show. I have also worked as a science writer for Biosphere Magazine writing content for the subscription magazine and their website on the latest research from the natural world.
In October 2014, I won the TEDx University of Leeds student speaker competition and got to present at the TEDxUniversityOfLeeds conference alongside leading academics. My talk was on the subject of global development and can be watched here.
I have also been involved in outreach projects for a range of audiences of different ages. I have been an educator in the Discovery Zone for Leeds Science Week where I helped to run workshops for primary and secondary school kids on invasive species. I also helped out on an event organised by ‘Birds of Poole Harbour’ where I and six fellow wildlife educators teamed up with TV presenter Chris Packham to show a group of year 4 pupils around Poole Harbour and teaching them about the importance of conserving our coasts.
As a bit of a fitness freak I have a love for a range of different sports.
When I was 17 I decided to start taekwondo and it still remains one of my favourite hobbies. In March 2015 I achieved my black belt (1st Dan) from Leeds University Union Taekwondo club. Since I was a yellow belt I have competed in a number of competitions from local competitions up to national level.
I have a great love of outdoor sports and particularly enjoy rock climbing, scuba diving, skiing, running and hiking.
I am constantly looking for opportunities to work with natural history media and to offer my skills as a presenter, writer and all round wildlife enthusiast.
If you would like to get in touch, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org