Through my writing I seek to entertain and inform with stories that take the reader on a journey of scientific exploration and discovery
I write about the latest developments in science and technology, and the amazing people who make them happen. You can find my résumé here.
I have published print and online articles, reviews and profiles for a number of publishers, including Springer Nature, the Royal Institution of Australia, Popular Science, the Australian National Data Service, and others.
My path to becoming a science writer started at the age of five or six: I remember watching a TV repairman remove the back of my family's first television, hoping he'd have it working again in time for a triple bill of Foghorn Leghorn cartoons — the 'good ol' boy' rooster with a penchant for mischief, and my childhood hero.
After several minutes rummaging around in his copious bag, he left to retrieve something from the bumblebee-coloured van parked outside. Tentatively peering into the back of the TV, I became mesmerized by a mysterious world of tubes, coils, valves, wires — greens, reds, blues.
How did this magical world bring Foghorn into mine?'
Many years later, still curious and keen to expand my knowledge of the inner workings of the universe, I headed to university to study for a Bachelor's degree in physics. The other-worldliness of quantum mechanics and elegance of special relativity piqued my curiosity further, prompting me to study for a Master's degree in radiation physics, and then a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry.
At university, I devoured popular science books, from Chopra and Dawkins to Feynman and Gould, and discovered the joys of great storytelling by reading Christopher Hitchens, Iain Banks, Homer, Hemingway, Amis (father and son), and others, sparking my imagination, and fertilized my nascent writing aspirations.
After leaving university, I worked as a climate change consultant, advising governments, institutions, and companies on how to address the impacts, and adapt to the risks, from climate change. My work took me to many countries, fanning my curiosity for the world, and further driving my interest in science and technology and how they could be harnessed to bring about a better world.
Honing my writing and communication skills by preparing proposals, reports, and technical documents, through giving lectures and talks at international conferences, universities and schools, and other public forums, I became increasingly interested in writing about science, and enrolled in writing courses and penning stories in my spare time.
Now, as a science and technology writer, I combine my love of science and passion for writing to impart the humanity, challenge, and magnificence of scientific discovery and technological advancements, in ways that are interesting, entertaining and accessible to the curious and inquisitive.