Rebecca graduated from Durham University with a degree in biology, before going on to study for her PhD at the University of York. Her research in the UK and Gibraltar provided insights into how the painted lady butterfly migrates between Europe and Africa, and her results were published in journals such as Science.
Her varied career since has included working with a start-up company training honeybees to detect explosives, acting as press officer for the Royal Society of Biology, running a flying ant citizen science project, sitting on the board of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, and visiting universities around the world with Nobel Prize laureates.
Her first popular science book, Is that Fish in Your Tomato? (Ockham Publishing, 2017), explores the benefits and risks of GM foods. Her second book Tickets for the Ark (Profile, 2022) asks how we choose which species to save, challenging preconceptions about what conservation aims to achieve.
She lives in the beautiful countryside of Cornwall, England.