Dani Rabaiotti

PhD student studying the effect of climate change on African wild dogs.



My PhD was carried out at ZSL institute of Zoology and UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research and focused on the impact of climate change on African wild dogs. My research interests are behavioural responses to environmental change, the link between behavioural shifts and demographic impacts, and population level responses to global change. My work spans behavioural ecology, movement ecology, population ecology and quantitative ecology. I also have a keen interest in conservation biology and effective science communication.


My first book, Does It Fart? reached the New York Times Bestseller list in 2018. To date it has been translated in to 13 languages. Myself and my co-author, Nick Caruso released the follow up – True or Poo? – in 2018 and it has been translated into 6 languages to date. The third book in the series – Believe it or Snot is out in October 2019. The children’s adaptation of Does it Fart was also published in 2019, and is being released in 11 languages. The books are designed to be humorous whilst providing interesting information about the natural world.

Does it Fart? was also developed into a kids TV show on CBC, on which myself and Nick acted as consultants.

Science communicator

I am a keen science communicator, and have run talks and events about my work and books for a wide variety of audiences, including as part of London Zoos evening events programme and as part of NHM Lates. I write science articles for a variety of outlets, including as a contributor to BBC Wildlife. I have appeared on numerous radio shows, podcasts, and on television both as a subject expert and to promote my books.

I have a keen interest in policy, particularly science and environmental policy. I  worked in the policy and campaigns team at the National Autistic Society prior to my PhD, and have completed two policy placements during my PhD. The first involved working in parliament as the BES POST Fellow, and the second was an RCUK placement in the policy team at the Royal Society. On top of this I have been involved in running a number of policy events through BES and ZSL. Prior to this I also worked in ecological consultancy.