As long as I’ve been interested in science, I’ve also been interested in talking about it!
As a final-year student in high school, I joined a mentoring program aimed at supporting first-year science students (age 12 – 13 yrs old). Twice a week I would spend my free periods in class, helping the science teachers to set-up lessons, do class experiments, and give the kids some extra assistance when needed. This was when I realised how much fun teaching could be!
Since then I’ve had a variety of outreach jobs, such as:
- Science Presenter – TechFest, an annual science festival in the city of Aberdeen
- Education Assistant – Natural History Unit , an outreach branch of the Zoology Department at the University of Aberdeen
- Bosun / Naturalist – The Majestic Line, a cruise company sailing the Scottish Islands
- Ocean Guide – Oceanic Cruises, a whale-watch company in Western Australia
- Outreach Science Presenter – Scitech Discovery Centre, a science centre providing science presentations and activities to schools across Western Australia
- Lecturer / Tutor – Various WA Universities, see Teaching for more info!
Through my research, I am also often asked to give public talks about whales and dolphins. So far I’ve given talks to local schools, volunteer organisations, naturalist groups, sailing clubs and other community initiatives. If you or your group are interested in arranging such a presentation, please contact me!
My research has also been featured in several news reports, radio interviews, and online articles – see Media for examples!