Australian Museum Front-of-House volunteer
Since May 2017 I have been spending a day every fortnight volunteering at the Australian Museum and chatting to visitors of all ages about science, nature and culture. I spend my day moving around the museum and showing visitors 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 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.
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. Click here 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.