I am a Human and Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. My research focuses on the mental health impacts of climate change on young people, as well as socioemotional resilience and capacity building for youth mental health in the planetary health crisis.
I am the creator of the newsletter about “staying sane in the climate crisis” Gen Dread gendread.substack.com and author of a new book that investigates the psychological underpinnings and impacts of the climate crisis (Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis – Knopf 2022). I hold a PhD in Science Communication from the University of Copenhagen, am the author of Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics and Risks of De-Extinction (Greystone Books 2017) and have worked as a broadcaster for more than a decade. Specifically, I’ve produced and hosted podcasts, TV and radio programs with the BBC, CBC, and Radiotopia network shows.
I’ve recently given talks about my work at Netflix, Google, Teach for America, Danish Refugee Council, Earth Day, March for Science, and universities around the world. My TED talk is called “How climate change affects your mental health”.