Sam McKay

Biologist | Communicator | Story-teller


It's a Pleasure to Meet You!

I'm Sam, a postgraduate biology student at the University of Cambridge, a science communicator and a freelance content creator. I run a podcast called Sit Down with a Scientist, a  YouTube channel  where I talk about science-y things as well as my life as a university student, and I chat about things on Twitter too (@SJ_McKay).

As well as chatting about science I spend my days studying how the cichlids of the African Rift Lakes evolved to be so different from one another. 


I also try to communicate science in novel formats including through improvisational comedy. So keep your eyes peeled and a smile on your face and let's wait and see what happens!

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Sit Down with a Scientist

Science has two huge problems:

1. most scientists can't communicate and 2. representation in science is abysmal. 

Sit Down with a Scientist aims to address both of these to show people that not all scientists wear labcoats and to showcase the amazing diversity of people working in and around STEM. 

I hope to one day build an accurate portfolio of every job and every kind of person in science to show that no matter who you are or where you're from, no one is bad at Science

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Live, Laugh, Lovecraft

What would happen if someone wrapped science in a verbose blanket concocted from the works of H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R Tolkien, and Clive Anderson?

Live, Laugh, Lovecraft is a brand new podcast featuring a group of Natural 20s merging their love of funnies, facts and tabletop RPGs into the most eic* adventure of all time.

Catch the first 10 episodes wherever your podcasts live (or here!)

*Hopefully the bar isn't too high