Britt Wray (2019) is the author of the book “Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction,” guest host on Canada’s legendary national science TV show “The Nature of Things” and co-host of the BBC podcast “Tomorrow’s World.”
A trained biologist with a PhD in Science Communication, Britt has been a summer host on CBC Radio 1’s flagship science show Quirks and Quarks, and produced several radio documentaries for outlets such as BBC Radio 4, CBC IDEAS, WNYC’s Studio 360 and the hit Radiotopia podcast “Love and Radio.” As co-host of the BBC podcast “Tomorrow’s World,” Britt answers big questions about the future, discussing how science and technology will influence our lives in the years to come. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Guardian, BBC, Wired, The Sunday Times, Salon, National Post, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, Hazlitt, CBC Radio, among others. She has bylines in BBC Future, Nautilus, Motherboard, The Globe and Mail and The Scientist. She is also developing a VR piece with the National Film Board of Canada about life in the womb from the perspective of a gene-edited embryo and is the creator of the interactive audio diary platform called Aurator, which won the 2018 Society for the Social Studies of Science “Making & Doing” Award.
She holds a BSc (Hon) in Biology from Queen’s University and an Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design from OCAD University. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Institute for Journalism and a 2019 TED Resident, where she gave a TED talk called “How Climate Change Affects Your Mental Health.”
As a fellow, Britt will work on her next nonfiction book, “This is Mental: How the Environmental Crisis Messes With Our Minds and What We Can Do About It?” about the all-encompassing ways that climate change affects our brains.