Since the turn of the millennium, I have made regular contributions as a journalist — in both science and music writing. You can find details of these activities, plus an idea of what I am currently listening to, below.

Science writing

I spend a lot of my time communicating my research to a variety of audiences, and trying to inspire an interest in science. In addition to regular outreach events, where colleagues and I talk about our science in person, much of this communication is done through journalism. I founded, and act as a commissioning editor for, public-outreach website Palaeontology [online]. The site provides an outlet for researchers to write about their work, in short articles aimed at older high-school-aged students and interested adults. If you're interested in contributing, please email me. I've also written numerous articles with the intention of making elements of my own (or other people's) research more accessible — and papers about outreach itself. A selection of all of these are listed below.

  • Garwood, R.J. 2018. Patterns in Palaeontology – Deducing the tree of life. Palaeontology Online 8(12): 1-10.
  • Garwood, R.J. 2015. Analysis of fossil organisms using computer techniques. AccessScience. McGraw-Hill Education. doi:10.1036/1097-8542.YB150677
  • Garwood, R.J. 2014. Life as a palaeontologist: Palaeontology for dummies, Part 2. Palaeontology Online 4(2): 1-10.
  • Garwood, R.J. 2013. Life as a palaeontologist: Palaeontology for dummies, Part 1. Palaeontology Online 3(12): 1-11.
  • Garwood, R.J., Dunlop, J.A., Giribet, G. & Sutton, M.D. 2013. Opiliones fósiles. Los arácnidos actuales de origen más remoto / Fossil harvestmen: The oldest surviving arachnids. ¡Fundamental! 23: 1–58 (Paleonturología 12 Prize Winner's Book).
  • Garwood, R.J. 2012. 3D printing? Make mine a mollusc. The Conversation.
  • Garwood, R.J. 2012. Patterns In Palaeontology: The first 3 billion years of evolution. Palaeontology Online 2(11): 1-14.
  • Rahman, I., Adcock, K. & Garwood, R.J. 2012. Virtual Fossils: A New Resource for Science Communication in Palaeontology. Evolution: Education and Outreach 5(4): 635-641. doi:10.1007/s12052-012-0458-2
  • Garwood, R.J. 2011. Palaeontology In The Digital Age. Part Two: Computerized Carboniferous Creatures. Magazine of the Geologists' Association 10(2): 10-11.
  • Garwood, R.J. & Spencer, A. 2011. The geology and terrestrial life of the Carboniferous. Deposits Magazine. 28: 38-47
  • Garwood, R.J. 2010. Palaeontology In The Digital Age. Part One: Breathing New Life Into Old Bones. Magazine of the Geologists' Association 9(3): 18-20.
  • Garwood, R.J. & Dunlop, J.A. 2010. Fossils Explained: Trigonotarbids. Geology Today 26(1): 34-37. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2451.2010.00742.x
  • Garwood, R.J., Rahman, I.A. & Sutton, M.D. 2010. From clergymen to computers: the advent of virtual palaeontology. Geology Today 26(3): 96-100. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2451.2010.00753.x

Music journalism

For the last fifteen years I have spent a lot of my spare time as a music journalist. Although I have less time for this nowadays, I continue to make occasional contributions. From 2003 to 2011 I was the editor of, a large online metal community and webzine.

From 2004 - 2016 I also wrote for Zero Tolerance Magazine – at various points I acted as news, reviews and live editor. I contributed interviews with a wide variety of bands, and reviews to the magazine. ZT is available on newsstands throughout the UK, Europe, USA, NZ and Australia.

My work has appeared in a range of other magazines, and I have also edited a small book for November's Doom, released with the band's album The Novella Reservoir.

Current listening:

Ulver – Hexahedron
Waveshaper – A Void of Hope
Nibana – The Forgotten
Maksim Dark – Antidepressant
Skeletal Remains – Fragments of the Ageless