Planet Ark volunteer – National Tree Day Campaign
Since November 2019 I have been spending one day a week volunteering at the environmental organisation Planet Ark, helping to organise and deliver their annual National Tree Day campaign. I think it is important to connect with nature and I love helping out with this initiative.
Australian Museum Front-of-House volunteer
From May 2018 (until its close for renovations in August 2019) I was a fortnightly volunteer at the Australian Museum. I spent my day chatting to visitors of all ages about science, nature and culture and showing them some of the more than 21 million items held in the museum’s collection.
Primary school talks
For the last couple of years I have been giving talks to primary school children. I currently have two talks – one is entitled Plants, Science and Girls and the other is called Sustainability: Use less stuff; Waste less stuff. I have spoken twice at each of the following schools – Bellevue Hill Public School, St. Catherine’s School and Moriah College. The kids love seeing a ‘real scientist’ and always ask me amazing questions! I have now signed up with the CSIRO’s “Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools” program to formalise and extend my partnership with Moriah College.
As part of National Science Week in 2017 I spent two days at the Australian Museum’s Science Festival with some cool plants and activities for the kids. On each day about 1000 primary-school aged children came to the festival.
Tours of UNSW glasshouse
In December 2017 I organised and ran four tours of the UNSW glasshouse for Year 5 students of Randwick Primary School. We had over 80 kids come through to learn about some of our research and see some cool and interesting plants!
In Oct 2019 my work appeared in an episode of Gardening Australia. Angela spoke about the controversy of weeds evolving into Australian natives and there is footage of us in the UNSW glasshouse.
In May 2019 I was interviewed by Antony Furnell on ABC Radio National for the program Future Tense. The topic was “Have we stopped evolution?” and involved experts from around the world discussing human, animal and plant evolution. My contribution was discussing the evolution of plants and what this could mean under climate change. Here are links to listen or read more about it.
An article I wrote appeared in the May/June 2019 printed edition of the Australasian Science magazine. It was entitled “‘Daisy chains unshackle evolution’s speed limit’ and it explored my latest research.
After winning the 3-minute thesis competition at the EERC Postgraduate Research Forum, Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education asked me, along with a colleague, to chat to him about How to nail a 3 minute thesis.
In 2017 and 2018 I was a weekly demonstrator during practical classes for the first-year biology course “Evolutionary and Functional Biology” at UNSW. The course has ten practicals which examine the history of life on earth and the relationship between environment, adaptation and function.