As a science journalist, author and presenter, Jheni has a knack for making tricky science topics entertaining to non-experts. Her books include ’100 ideas that changed the world’ (BBC Books) and ‘The World’s Great Wonders’ (Lonely Planet). She writes for the likes of New Scientist and Geographical, and presents on BBC Points West, the BBC’s YouTube science channel Headsqueeze, and Radio 4′s Costing the Earth.
Jheni has a BSc in natural sciences (biology/geology – 1st class), and a Masters from Imperial College. She has been an expert on a number of programmes, ranging from a Channel 5 programme about exercise myths to the Esther Rantzen Show talking about the gender pay discrepancy in sport and she presented the podcasts for Focus Magazine and hosted events for the BBC, SciTech and L’Oreal.
Before becoming a science journalist, Jheni worked for a TV news agency in Istanbul, and before that was a professional tennis player, representing Britain, playing at Wimbledon, and modelling for Nike. Jheni also played volleyball for her university, and now captains her local hockey team.
Growing up in the Caribbean, Jheni has an adventurous streak and has traveled extensively, doing conservation projects with turtles, diving with whale sharks and, recently, climbing to the summit of Mont Blanc.
– What’s the difference between clay and grass court tennis?
– How do the Northern Lights form?