Media, Outreach & Science Communication

I am passionate about science, and making sure that it is accessible to all. I also love talking about my research, especially when I get to showcase my charismatic stick insects!

Here you can find some of the outreach I engage in throughout the year, media coverage of some of my research and other miscellaneous things I’ve taken part in throughout my academic career:

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  • Participating in the final of the Three Minute Thesis 2020 at The University of Auckland!

Watch my winning performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ku8i6F4pwk

  • Took part in the SAVVY Video Workshop run by Science Media Centre. Here is the video I created as part of it, where I interviewed my fellow lab member Cass Mark-Chan about her phD research: https://vimeo.com/440635961
  • Buzz in the Garden Project – Curious Minds: Helped three local libraries to build their community gardens and learn about and increase the diversity and abundance of beneficial insects. They also hope to generate a range of benefits for their urban environment, such as increasing greenery, reducing pollution and feeding the community. As part of this project, I helped create resources on insects for the children.
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  • Provided various outreach events at local libraries and schools focused on
    discovering the wonder of invertebrates for children.
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At New Lynn Library, showing insects under a microscope.
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At Bucklands Beach Primary School, talking to kids about insects!
  • Tiaki Mauri – BioBlitz with Auckland War Memorial Museum

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  • Helped create and put on an insect themed booth for the the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)’s Annual STEM Fair

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Print Coverage

Article in the NZ Herald about the research I did for my Honours project: A native bug’s life: avoid sex, live longer (7 May 2018)

Interview I did for The Female Scientist (14 July 2017)

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Participant in NZ Herald Election 2017 conservation policy panel (3 October 2017)