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Tom Mustill is a trailblazing science and nature communicator whose work links audiences to the natural world, its crises and their solutions. Tom started as a biologist, working with the RSBP, whale scientists and coral reef ecologists before gaining a First class degree in Natural Science from the University of Cambridge. His innovative research – using computer programmes to find patterns in fossils in the Arctic – won him the undergraduate prize for palaeontology. After working with endangered birds for the legendary conservationist Carl Jones, he moved into filmmaking, convinced of the power of video as a conservation tool.
Tom was named a Broadcast ‘Hotshot’ for his early career success and has since won over 30 awards, including three Jackson Wild ‘Green Oscars’ and an Emmy nomination. David Attenborough, working with Tom, wrote: “there are young talents around finding new subjects, new narratives and new ways of telling tales, and it is a thrill to recognise one of the brightest”.
Since then he has continued to work closely with ecologists and conservationists to accurately and vividly portray their understanding of the natural world for broadcasters such as the BBC, PBS, Discovery and National Geographic. His films have achieved both critical and practical success: his Giraffe conservation film was used at the European Parliament to change animal trade laws; his film about the Montreal Protocol was played to the vital UN ‘Kigali Amendment’ meeting. #NatureNow, his viral Public Service Announcement film with Greta Thunberg & George Monbiot has had over 70 million views and won a dozen prizes, while his latest film, #ForNature, commissioned by Greta Thunberg, was praised by the World Health Organisation and UNEP for clearly explaining the links between human and environmental health.
Tom has written about biology and wildlife filmmaking for The Junket, the Literary Review and the Guardian. His debut book How to Speak Whale will be released this Spring by William Collins.