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Jonnie Hughes

Jonnie Hughes was educated at the University of Leeds (BSc Ecology), the University of Warwick (MEd Science Education) and Imperial College London (MSc Science Communication). He worked as a lecturer in biological sciences before becoming a freelance science journalist, writing for broadsheets such as The Times, The Guardian and The Independent, and periodicals such as BBC Wildlife Magazine and Geographical. Jonnie joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 2002 and has spent the last 18 years in the Bristol documentary community producing science and natural history films for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and Netflix. In 2009, he took a sabbatical to write a popular science book, On the Origin of Tepees, on the subject of cultural evolution for Oneworld Publications (UK) and Simon and Schuster (US). In 2012, Jonnie joined Executive Producer Alastair Fothergill (Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet) at Silverback Films to work on the BAFTA award-winning BBC series The Hunt (2015) and the Emmy award-winning production Our Planet (2019). His collaboration with Sir David Attenborough on both these projects led to his engagement on Sir David’s A Life on Our Planet project as producer/director and co-author with Sir David of the accompanying book.
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