About Us

‘The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.’ —Ernest Hemingway


We are a group of postgraduate university students with a passion for the environment and wildlife conservation! We strongly believe that the communication gap between scientists, policymakers and the general public is a large reason we fail to protect the environment. We launched this newspaper to highlight the multifaceted issues behind conservation and hope for our readers to understand the importance of our global ecosystem.


Our team can currently communicate in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German.



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Julia Riopelle

Co-Editor In Chief

Having grown up in Switzerland to German-American parents, I have been fortunate to live so close to iconic natural landscapes. The steady return of wolves to Switzerland after being hunted to extinction, is what sparked my interest in wildlife conservation from a very young age. Ever since I’ve wanted to ‘give back’ to the environment, in order to try to repair the damage humans have done. I have completed a BSc Biology at the University of Bristol, where I also worked as the Head Science and Technology Editor at the student newspaper Epigram. This definitely grew my interest in science communication! Alongside The Kingfisher, I am undertaking an MSc in Environment, Politics and Society at UCL.

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Hannah Haas

Software Developer

I have always been in love with the outdoors, and in the past several years I have been more active in learning about and taking action in conservation and sustainability. I want to be able to have a positive impact on others and create a space for them to also be able to learn and take action. With an interest in creating change, building new things, and a love for science and technology, I decided to study Computer Science. I graduated in 2021 with a BS in Computer Science from Brown University with a focus on systems, security, design, and machine learning. With these skills, I aim to build The Kingfisher into a place where individuals from all around the world can come for information on the environment and human health.

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Isabel Rowbotham

Co-Editor In Chief

I am a science writer covering topics on human health affected by climate change and pollution. I moved to the UK from Venezuela in 2013, and I have a background in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (BSc) and Cardiovascular Medicine (MSc). I have previous experience writing for the University of Bristol newspaper, Epigram on SciTech topics including COVID-19, research involving Big Data and data sharing, and the NHS.

‘I want to focus on issues on climate change and pollution-related illnesses affecting women, children and communities around the world.’

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Dominic Gayle

Editor and Proofreader

The ability to be able to communicate with people from all over the world has always been of importance to me. This led me to gain fluency in Spanish and Portuguese by completing a BA Modern Languages at the University of Bristol. I chose to enhance my language skills by currently undertaking my Masters in Translation and Professional Language Skills (TPLS) at the University of Bath. Along with picking up French and German, I have gained skills in editing and revision, proofreading and précis writing. With these qualifications, I aim to help publish high quality articles on environmental conservation. In tandem with The Kingfisher, I aim to offer my translation and editing services with a focus in the environmental sector.

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George Blake

Kingfisher Writer

Ensuring people have access to high quality, in-depth, and non-partisan environmental journalism has long been a passion of mine. I hope to use The Kingfisher as a platform to explain important environmental stories and to improve my own scientific communication skills. My background is in environmental research, having completed a BSc in Environmental Geography (Cardiff) and a MSc in Climate Change (UCL). I have previously written for student publications Gair Rhydd, Pi Media, and Kinesis Magazine on topics around climate change, conservation, and environmental politics.

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Laura Butula

Kingfisher Writer

Since the days of collecting tadpoles as a child, developing terrariums as a teenager and earning a BSc degree in Biological Sciences as a young adult, my interest in the natural world has continued to flourish. My combined admiration of science and passion for writing has allowed me to share modern and captivating topics with many people. During my time at the University of Exeter, I wrote for the Exeposé newspaper, covering subjects such as human health, climate change and biotechnology. As I now begin my final year at the University of Amsterdam (MSc Biological Sciences with a Major in Science in Society), I aim to introduce those around me to relevant subjects connected to the scientific world, which I believe everyone should be a part of.

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