Science + storytelling

communications coordinator

I worked for The Nature Conservancy's Asia Pacific program. I made educational posters, websites, films, online stories, donor reports and logos. I recently coordinated the Nature's Leading Women week: training and celebrating 32 women leaders from the Pacific and northern Australia.

illustrations: kid's insect book

In 2016, I illustrated and co-wrote the children's insect book 'The Little Things that Run the City'. It was published by the City of Melbourne and launched at the Melbourne Museum in 2017. You can read it here!

freelance science writing

I have done freelance science writing for Bush Heritage Australia. I wrote the 36 Species Profiles on BHA's new website. Read all about Honey Possums, Bandicoots, Bearded Dragons and more here! 

science communications work

In 2016, I worked as a Science Communicator with Bush Heritage Australia. I covered field trips to remote reserves. On Ethabuka Reserve, I wrote daily 'updates from the field', covering the work of the Desert Ecology Research Group. Later, I wrote profiles/ made a film about research happening in the Tasmanian Midlands. See BHA's blog, Facebook and Instagram accounts for these stories. 

illustrating scientific reports

I have created artworks for a number of scientific reports. 'Melbourne in a Minute Scavenger' (above) is a little tribute to a little beetle. I've recreated a map of the City of Melbourne in the body of the brown minute scavenger beetle. The 3 reports:

research: quantitative ecology

I studied my Master of Science (with Distinction) at the University of Melbourne. For my research project, I partnered with Bush Heritage, and examined ecological monitoring in the private conservation sector. A Holsworth Research Grant allowed me to do field work on Boolcoomatta Reserve in remote South Australia. 

research: entomology

I worked as an entomological research assistant on the insect ecology project 'The Little Things that Run the City'. This is a collaboration between RMIT and the City of Melbourne. I focused on the Diptera (flies) and Coleoptera (beetles). 

speaking at The Laborastory

The Laborastory is a science storytelling event, held monthly in Melbourne. In 2017, I told the story of flies, dung beetles and Dr. George Bornemissza. You can listen to this dung-ridden story here! In 2015 I told the story of Harriet and Helena Scott - Australia's first female entomologists and paid artists. You can listen to a recording of the story I told here.

research: Indigenous water law

I wrote my honours thesis on indigenous water rights in northern Queensland. I spent two weeks in the Mitchell River area with Traditional Owners from the area, and with scientists from the CSIRO. I wrote this paper for the Journal of Natural Resources Law & Policy - Old Knowledge in Freshwater: why traditional ecological knowledge is essential for determining environmental flows in water plans. 

writing: 'Drawn to Science'

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. I've uploaded some of the articles at the bottom of this page - enjoy! 

basket weaving trip

In 2010, I went on a brilliant 10 day basket weaving trip to Mapuru, a homeland community in north east Arnhem Land. I wrote this article when I returned home.