Bryony Cottam

Bryony grew up in a small town in the West Midlands where she spent much of her time dreaming of being anywhere else. After spending time in Canada, Russia, Morocco and France, she eventually returned to the UK to pursue a career in journalism. She wrote about sustainable tourism for Responsible Travel before joining Geographical in 2021. Bryony’s covered the dugout canoe culture in Estonia; regenerative seaweed farming in Wales; ground-breaking earthquake research in Turkey; and adaptation and mitigation responses to climate change in countries around the world. She writes the weekly Geographical newsletter and co-edits the monthly podcast. 


How animal senses reveal different worlds

How animal senses reveal different worlds

Jun 25, 2022
Book Review: Ed Yong’s An Immense World reveals the peculiar and different ways animals have of perceiving reality
Searching for evidence of the Anthropocene

Searching for evidence of the Anthropocene

Jun 21, 2022
One of 12 new sites will be chosen to define a new geological age, the Anthropocene
Groundbreaking discovery suggests some earthquakes alter tectonic plates

Groundbreaking discovery suggests some earthquakes alter tectonic plates

Jun 19, 2022
New research into earthquakes suggests that they are both affected by and affect tectonic plates, suggesting a two-way relationship
Water scarcity in Africa a ‘myth’

Water scarcity in Africa a ‘myth’

Jun 19, 2022
Researchers debunk the myth that water in Africa is scarce, blaming poor management of existing reserves instead
Dugout canoes in Estonia’s Soomaa National Park

Dugout canoes in Estonia’s Soomaa National Park

Jun 17, 2022
Saving the UNESCO-recognised culture of making dugout-canoe in Estonia’s often flooded Soomaa National Park
Rhiane Fatinikun on founding Black Girls Hike and making the outdoors more inclusive

Rhiane Fatinikun on founding Black Girls Hike and making the outdoors more inclusive

Jun 17, 2022
We caught up with the winner of the 2022 RGS-IBG Geographical Award, Rhiane Fatinikun, to talk about Black Girls Hike
Farming seaweed in UK waters for a sustainable future

Farming seaweed in UK waters for a sustainable future

Jun 9, 2022
A growing industry is taking sustainable seaweed farming to new depths on a Pembrokeshire farm, using innovative techniques
Retired schoolteacher Niwat Roykaew wins the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize

Retired schoolteacher Niwat Roykaew wins the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize

May 26, 2022
Retired Thai schoolteacher turned river protector Niwat Roykaew campaigned tirelessly to safeguard the mighty Mekong River
Photographing Poland’s changing landscapes from the sky

Photographing Poland’s changing landscapes from the sky

May 12, 2022
Pilot and photographer Kacper Kowalski takes photos from the sky in his home city of Gdynia on Poland’s baltic coast
The lost continent of Balkanatolia

The lost continent of Balkanatolia

May 11, 2022
An ancient lost continent, dubbed Balkanatolia, could explain the movement of mammals millions of years ago
New global treaty a crucial step towards solving the plastic pollution crisis

New global treaty a crucial step towards solving the plastic pollution crisis

May 5, 2022
Prof Steve Fletcher, director of the University of Portsmouth’s Global Plastics Policy Centre, talks about a global plastic pollution treaty
Scientist Rose Abramoff on why she participates in climate protests

Scientist Rose Abramoff on why she participates in climate protests

Apr 20, 2022
Geographical talks to activist and scientist Rose Abramoff about activism, education and the importance of soil to climate change
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