Who am I? A scientist and science communicator specialising in human and primate origins.
I see my role as a scientist & science communicator as trying to bring the excitement of discovery and love and passion for nature to the broader community; to reveal the mystery of our own human origins; and to help remove the barriers to understanding how science works.
Presently, I work as an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow in Archaeology and Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia).
Prior to my scientific career, I worked as television news journalist for WIN TV (Canberra) where I reported around 1,000 stories, specialising in science and the environment, and presented news bulletins.
I regularly write articles for online newspapers and magazines and appear in the media talking about the science of human origins.
To date, I've published over 100 scientific papers and popular science articles, and am actively engaged in scientific publishing through my membership of the editorial boards of six journals including PLoS One and Scientific Reports and regular peer-review of articles for many journals.
In recognising my scientific contributions, the Australian Government through the ARC has very generously funded my research with six grants awarded to my co-researchers and I, totalling almost A$3.5 million since 2003, including my current 4-year Future Fellowship.
Who is reading my science?
Would you like to download some of my recent scientific articles for free?
- From International Journal of Evolutionary Biology.
- From PLOS One (viewed more than 60,000 times since March 2012).
Who is reading my science writing?
More than 30,000 readers have read my articles published by The Conversation since June 2011. Thanks everyone! Comments like this are the reason I write popular pieces:
"Let's keep an open mind, all the while rigorously testing the hypothesis."
I should post this sentence in giant letters on the wall of my secondary science room. If I can teach students nothing else about science, then this would be an achievement.
Scientists should celebrate having doubts about previous statements instead of defending them needlessly.
A great article.