John Pickrell

John Pickrell

John Pickrell is an award-winning journalist and the editor of Australian Geographic magazine. He has worked in London, Washington DC and Sydney for publications including New Scientist, Science, Science Newsand Cosmos. John’s articles can also be found online and in print at BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, Scientific American and the ABC. He has been a finalist in the Australian Museum’s Eureka prizes three times, won an Earth Journalism Award and featured in The Best Australian Science Writing anthology in 2011 and 2014. John studied biology at Imperial College in London and has a Master of Science in taxonomy and biodiversity from the United Kingdom’s Natural History Museum.


Hi, what’s your name?

John Pickrell

Where do you hail from?

I live in Sydney

Who do you work for?

I’m the editor of Australian Geographic magazine

Tell us a bit about you – how did you get to where you are today?

I’m the editor of Australian Geographic magazine.  I’m also the author of this book:

Flying Dinosaurs: How fearsome reptiles became birds
Dinosaurs didn’t die out when an asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago. Get ready to unthink what you thought you knew and journey into the deep, dark depths of the Jurassic. The discovery of the first feathered dinosaur in China in 1996 sent shockwaves through the world of palaeontology. Were the feathers part of a complex mating ritual? A stepping-stone in the evolution of flight? And just how closely related is a T. rex to a chicken? In Flying Dinosaurs award-winning science journalist John Pickrell reveals how dinosaurs developed flight and became the birds in our backyards. He delves into the latest discoveries in China, the US, Europe and Australia and goes beyond the science to uncover a thriving black market in fossils, infighting between dinosaur hunters, and the controversial plan to use a chicken to bring dinosaurs back from the dead.

Who or what inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?

I love writing – and I also love science and natural history. I’m very lucky that I can combine these loves in my job.

Which other storytellers do you admire?

Bill Bryson, Margaret Atwood, Douglas Adams and Iain Banks are a few current favourite writers.

What do you plan to share at Storyology?

Whatever you want me to share! I can talk about how I use narrative storytelling and other means to share science stories in book form, feature articles, blog posts, news articles and more.

Where can we find you?


Twitter: @john_pickrell

Facebook: Flying Dinosaurs