About

Hi. Thanks for visiting. My name is Mike Shanahan.

The blog will focus on the environment — particularly climate change and biodiversity loss — and how we communicate about these issues.

I got interested in these subjects before I went to university and then spent a few years working in rainforests in Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo) and on a volcanic island off Papua New Guinea for my doctorate at the University of Leeds.

I was there to study the ecologically super-important fig trees (Ficus species) and the animals that eat their figs and disperse their seeds — hence the title of this blog.

After I left Leeds I worked on environmental and human rights projects in Asia and Latin America for the Environmental Justice Foundation — this included work on pesticide poisoning in Cambodia, bear farming in Vietnam and mangrove deforestation in Ecuador.

I then spent a couple of years as the news editor at SciDev.Net, and nearly eight years as the press officer for the International Institute for Environment and Development. I’m now a freelance writer and editor.

I have written for The Economist, Nature, The Ecologist and the BBC and Guardian.co.uk websites, and have illustrated a biology book called Extraordinary Animals.

You can find me on Twitter @shanahanmike or email me at mikeshanahan[at]yahoo.com

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Mike,
    Thank you for “poping up”as resource person on environment at a time when i really needed such a sholve! Early this year, one friend of mine visited and announced he was venturing into publishing.He’s been a salesman for some magazine and before i knew it he handed over a parcel of business cards with my name as editor! Can you imagine this?
    In January 2006, i sat for an english proficiency exam and passed with exemplary grades in the writing component 8 out 9 (IETS) and am sure Collins this friend of mine drew his confidence from this performance.
    The environment and biodiversity is not a new subject to me. Its has been close to my heart after majoring in Geography (single subject) honours under one very prominent professor of geography in East Africa.Prof. Joseph Ouma Muga is an epitome of the subject he taught and i cannot hide my total respect for this academic giant that was later to found, The environment Institute at Moi University(K).To pursue his environmental ambitions,he joined politics and the rest our readership know.
    Teaching geography for well over 15 years at senior secondary schools upto A-level has exposed me to many environmental issues that i find intriguing. Geography/Environmental studies is a mangement discipline. When i was appointed a principal of a learning institution, those management concepts that i had long embraced became practical reality. The science and art of working in and for the environment are facts of life and i find my energy renewed working in concert with learned friends like you Mike.
    I look forward to growing again with “milk and wine” of your blogs!

  2. Mike, it was so great having you here in Montreal for a month. The entire media team really appreciated your work and your perspective. As we work our way towards the Nagoya meetings, I am looking forward to your thoughts and continued input on how to better communicate the biodiversity issues.

  3. Dear Mike,
    Thank you so much for being such a great resource through out the year 2011, you have provided us with great materials and information that have helped us in our writing. Have the best of festive season and a great 2012. I hope the new year will be even bigger and better.
    Peter K.
    Kenya.

  4. Hello Mike,

    I’m a young conservationist who really interested in your post “The near empty forest that proves conservation is failing”. Saying I’m a Vietnamese and the same sad thing is happening to the forest of Vietnam, I would like to translate your post into Vietnamese and put it up to my non-profit e-magazine for young Vietnamese to insprite them and let them know what is happening to the nature in Vietnam and in the world. The magazine is e-magazine and can be downloaded free, I’m doing the first volume of it and I would be very much happy if you agreed.

    You can have a look at my facebook page, the page called Tôi Yêu Động Vật – Vietnamese for I love Animals however it written in Vietnamese only: https://www.facebook.com/ToiYeuDongVat

    I’m look forward to hearing from you,

    Trang Nguyen

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