Nina Lester Finley

Joined: Apr 07, 2014 Last Active: Jan 18, 2021

Nina is a disease ecologist, science journalist and sketch-note artist currently living in Norwich, United Kingdom. She is a Marshall Scholar studying for an MSc in One Health at the Royal Veterinary College and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an MA in creative non-fiction writing at the University of East Anglia. You can view her work at

As a Watson Fellow, Nina spent a year collecting stories of collaborative survival with microbes in Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Scotland and Nunavut. She envisions the Anthropocene Epoch as a microbial age defined by a shift in power to tiny, slimy life. Nina takes an integrated Planetary Health approach to protecting ecosystems, cultivating curiosity, and reducing inequality.

Her favorite macrobes are geckos, lichens, and mosses.

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