scientist, writer, artist
Science communication work for The Nature Conservancy.
I'm currently creating educational material for TNC's Solomon Islands program. These resources will be used by the KAWAKI Women's Network, when visiting districts around the Solomon Islands. Below, kids storm TNC's stall as rain clouds gather at Kodili Festival, at Buala, on Isabel Island. Inside the stall, Simon Vuto points at one of the posters and asks, "Which sea turtle lays its eggs on black sand? Why is it important to look after mangroves? What is our language name for a green bumphead parrotfish?"
Science Communicator internship with Bush Heritage Australia
In 2016, I was the Science Communicator Intern at Bush Heritage. Among other work, I covered two field-trips to BHA reserves. In April, I spent two weeks at Ethabuka Reserve with ecologists from the University of Sydney's Desert Ecology Research Group. I wrote daily 'updates from the field': a series of social media stories on all species, big and small. In July, I spent one week in the Tasmanian Midlands writing about the work of five PhD students, who study bettongs and bandicoots, bats and woodland birds. For more, see....
The Little Things that Run the City: artworks of Melbourne's insects.
In 2015 and 2016 I worked as a entomological research assistant on the insect ecology project 'The Little Things that Run the City', a collaboration between RMIT and the City of Melbourne. After helping to sort innumerable insects, I created the cover artwork for our first and final reports. ‘Melbourne in a Minute Scavenger’ (below right) is a little tribute to a minute beetle. We found the brown minute scavenger beetle (Corticaria sp.) at so many survey plots that we dubbed the species ‘Old Faithful’. I’ve recreated the map of the City of Melbourne within the beetle’s body. Can you trace the outline of Port Phillip Bay? Can you recognise the shape of your suburb? The next time you’re walking in a park or garden in Melbourne, keep a keen eye out for this ubiquitous little beetle!
The Laborastory: science and storytelling night.
In 2015 I told the story of Harriet and Helena Scott - Australia's first female entomologists and paid artists. Listen to their story here.
Journal article on water law and Indigenous water rights.
I wrote my honours thesis on Indigenous water rights in north Queensland. I spent two weeks in the Mitchell River area with Traditional Owners from the catchment, and with scientists from the CSIRO's Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge research hub. I then wrote the following article for the Journal of Natural Resources, Law and Policy, with Professor Poh Ling Tan: Old knowledge in freshwater: why traditional ecological knowledge is essential for determining environmental flows in water plans.
Arnhem Basket weaving trip
I wrote this article after attending a wonderul basket weaving course in Mäpuru, in Arnhem Land.
Drawn to Science: articles on post-graduate ecologists from the University of Melbourne.
In 2015 I had a column in Farrago, the University of Melbourne's student magazine. I interviewed eight post-graduate ecologists, wrote a few words on their research and did a drawing of their study subject. Here are four of the articles. Enjoy!