Jules Howard

Zoology correspondent and author of Sex on Earth


“Finding common cause in those things that make us most human”

My favourite TEDTalk:


Jules is a UK­ based wildlife expert, zoology correspondent, author, science­writer and broadcaster. He writes for the Guardian, BBC Wildlife Magazine and contributes regularly to the BBC. Jules is also an accomplished speaker, regularly giving inspirational talks about humankind’s place in nature to large festivals and science conferences in both the US and the UK. A zoologist by training and conservationist by necessity Jules has been, for more than a decade, at the front­line of efforts to stop species from slipping toward extinction.

His many adventures include expeditions to track the world’s rarest invertebrates, hand­rearing threatened spiders and releasing them back into the wild, and shouting up for, of all things, toads. In 2010, Jules began an odyssey into animal sex, investigating how sex evolved on Earth and how, possibly, this chance event gave us the thing that makes us most human: to love. More recently, Jules has focused on the topic of death, attempting to understand how death has influenced nature over millions of years and contemplating, as a human, what it feels like to be the only creature in the known universe to be aware of our own impending death.
Jules’s thoughtful brand of science communication (“half science, half stand­up” say Bloomsbury) has seen him become a “go­to” voice for lively and inspirational talks about wildlife and the environment. National Geographic has called him “refreshingly self­aware” and a man with “…self­deprecating charm and genuine enthusiasm…” (Boston Globe). Jules has performed to packed­out crowds at Wilderness Festival, The Edinburgh International Science Festival, the Oxford Literary Festival, Brighton Science Festival and The Mayor’s Thames Festival. This will be his first TEDx talk.