Jonathan Loh

Jonathan is an independent scientist and consultant to organizations such as the UN Environment Programme and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) on the conservation of biological and cultural diversity. Originally trained in biology and environmental science, he is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent.

Life Story: Nature, Culture, Future, his first book, was acquired by Jonathan Cape in a significant pre-empt for publication in 2023. North American rights have also been sold to Basic, Chinese rights to Citic and Spanish rights to Debate. Life Story is a grand tour of the history of life on our planet from its very beginnings, showing us how nature gave birth to culture, how they grew apart, and asking what evolutionary history lessons we can learn to help us face the future as we reach one of the most critical junctures in the history of life on Earth. It shows how biological evolution produced complexity and diversity from simple origins, how cultural evolution took our species outside the confines of biology to become the most complex, diverse and dominant species of all, and how a third phase of evolution could completely change the direction that life will take in the future.