BBC science correspondent
As science correspondent, Christine McGourty covers a diverse range of subjects from astronomy to genetics and palaeontology for a wide range of outlets from BBC Radio 4's Today programme to BBC Television's One O'Clock News.
She joined the BBC as technology correspondent in 1995, after six years reporting on science and technology news for the Daily Telegraph, where she also edited a science and technology "Innovations" section.
Her passion for science has taken her around the globe. She recently covered Nasa's mission to land two robots on the Martian surface from mission control in Pasadena, California.
In Vancouver, Canada, she reported on an innovative research project to understand how beluga whales communicate and, separately, she reported on the efforts of an international team of scientists to explain a dramatic drop in the sea lion population in the region.
From a conference in Seattle, she interviewed the South Korean scientists who announced they had produced the first human cloned embryos. Perhaps her most hazardous adventure was a month spent in the Antarctic, producing a series of television and radio reports on polar science and environment issues.
Her career in print began at the prestigious international science journal Nature. She worked for two years in the London office and the Washington office reporting on policy issues affecting the science community.
Christine is a scientist by trade, graduating in chemistry from Edinburgh University before going on to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism Studies at the Cardiff School of Journalism at the University of Wales.
She recently completed an MA in the history and philosophy of science and medicine at Birkbeck College, London.