We’ve had a number of great guests join us on the program. If there’s someone you think would be a good guest to have on, or someone you’d like us to bring back, let us know via the form on the contact page!
Professor Rob Books is an evolutionary biologist who thinks about sex for a living. He is the director of the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre at UNSW Australia and the author of Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll: How Evolution has Shaped the Modern World and a frequent writer at The Conversation.
Dr. Alan Duffy is a theoretical astrophysicist and cosmologist at Swinburne University, investigating how galaxies form, the nature of dark matter and the large scale properties of the Universe. He’s a co-host of Pint in the Sky, a vodcast about astrophysics in a pub. For more of his talks, interviews and writings see his webpage.
Fred Watson is Astronomer in Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory at Coonabarabran. He is also an adjunct professor at the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Southern Queensland. He is also a popular science writer and communicator. More information, including his books and tour information, can be found at his website.
David Hawkes is a postdoctoral researcher at the Florey Institute of Neurosciences and Mental Health. He is a virologist who designs and builds new and innovative viral tools to help investigate how the brain works. He has a strong interest in promoting crowd-funding for science.
Mel Thomson is an Infectious Disease Researcher at Deakin University. In 2013 she teamed up with Dr Michelle Harvey, also at Deakin, to investigate Mycobacterium ulcerans (aka the Bairnsdale Ulcer). In particular, they are running a small trial to see if medical maggots can be used as an alternative to plastic surgery for treatment of this flesh eating disease.
Dyani Lewis is a researcher currently working at the Melbourne School of Population Health in the field of sexual and reproductive health. With a PhD in plant genetics, and a Masters in Journalism/Professional Writing, she is the Science and Technology Producer on Melbourne Uni’s Up Close podcast. She writes for her blog, The Conversation and many other sites.
Sharon Harnett is an amateur astronomer (with a MSc in Astronomy) who writes for Australian Science Magazine and Dave Reneke’s World of Astronomy. Her blog, AstroChix, focuses on the contribution women have made - and continue to make – in astronomy and space science. She’s also a budding astrophotographer, you can view her photos here.
Dr. Kevin Orrman-Rossiter is the Senior Research Services Officer, Faculty of Science at University of Melbourne. For more than twenty years he has worked as a research scientist in academia and industry. Kevin writes about science on his blog, Lucid Thoughts, as well as The Conversation and Australian Science.
Dr. Helen Maynard-Casely is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Powder Diffraction beamline, Australian Synchrotron. Her undergraduate studies were in Planetary Science, which sparked her interest in planetary interiors and high-pressure physics. She writes “The Shores of Titan” column on The Conversation.
Vanessa Vaughan is a PhD student with the Molecular Nutrition Unit at Deakin University’s School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the use of nutritional therapies for preventing and treating cancer cachexia, a muscle wasting condition affecting many cancer patients. For more information see her blog, here.
Kate Naughton has recently finished her PhD thesis on the population genetics of shallow-water echinoderms, where she looked at how populations shift and respond to glacial cycles. She spent four years diving across the south coast of Australia and wrestling with DNA. This leaves her with qualifications in genetics, marine biology, and a scientific identity crises.
Dr. Rob Morrison is a co-founder and Vice President of Friends of Science in Medicine. He is perhaps best known for co-costing The Curiosity Show for 18 years. Rob has won two Eureka Prizes, was Senior Australian of the Year for South Australia in 2008 and is a Professorial Fellow at Flinders University.
Dr. Maia Sauren (pronounced MY-uh SO-ren) is an electrical engineer. She recently completed a PhD looking at the anatomic differences in people’s heads, and how those affect whether they’re safe while using mobile phones. While doing this work, Maia became fascinated by the wide disparity between how media presents mobile phone safety, and what the scientists say.
Dr. Paul Willis is the Director of RiAus, a national non-profit organisation with a mission to ‘bring science to people and people to science’. He is a palaeontologist, science journalist and broadcaster best known for his work as a presenter for ABC-TV’s Catalyst. You can follow his blog at RiAus here, and his tweets @fossilcrox.
Jo Benhamu is a specialist nurse (Acute Care/Gastroenterology), a reporter for the Skeptic Zone podcast, and a committee member of Australian Skeptics. She has a passion for promoting science, reason and critical thinking in nursing while maintaining the philosophy of warmth and nurturing that lies at the heart of the profession.
Aimee Whitcroft is a science blogger and co-founder of the SciBlogs network in New Zealand. She is also a co-host of The Official SciBlogs Podcast, founder and host of NerdNite Wellington and an organiser of Retake the Net. She’s also crazy enough to be doing the Mongol Rally next year. Her Twitter profile is @teh_aimee.
Dr. Rachael Dunlop is the Research and Communications Officer at the Heart Research Institute. She is a reporter for the Skeptic Zone podcast, and blogs at The Sceptics Book of Pooh Pooh. She is also vice president of Australian Skeptics and a member of Mystery Investigators science show for children. In 2010 Rachael won the Shorty Award in the Health category on Twitter.
Mike McRae is a science writer for the CSIRO, and the author of Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs and Bad Ideas. Tribal Science is a book that explores the history of science and how the human ‘tribal’ brain distorts good and bad science. He blogs here and is on Twitter at @TribalScientist.
Dr. Krystal Evans is a malaria researcher working at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute and was instrumental in the Discoveries Need Dollars campaign for medical research funding. She is a regular panelist on 102.7FM Triple R’s science program Einstein a Go Go, and tweets frequently at @dr_krystal.
Tom Sidwell has completed a Bachelor of Science, with majors in immunology and microbiology (minors in molecular biology and biochemistry). He is currently doing honours in immunology studying the development of regulatory T cells. He blogs at lymphosite and is on Twitter at kill3rTcell.