ENTOMOLOGIST AND SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR
I was happiest when … Julia Gillard was prime minister. She was a superbly effective politician, yet calm and understated. You wouldn’t know it but I … have named two species of Amazonian beetle and had one named after me: Hyboptera shasta. My most embarrassing
moment was … I’m quite a particular and calculated person because I hate being embarrassed, which I’m embarrassed to admit. The last time I cried was … when David Attenborough left the stage after talking about his career in media. My most memorable moment was … hearing my first co-authored paper was about to be published, from my time interning at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (all I did was ask).
I really want to … create useful findings with my PhD research and work on lots of interesting community projects. Life has taught me … to put your hand up and put your hand out. Join in and say ‘yes’ to things. You’ll be amazed where human networks and random opportunities take you. I’m about to … perform a smorgasbord of science for National Science Week: eight days visiting schools; three workshops building recycled insects with the South Hobart Tip Shop; the third Festival of Bright Ideas; talking about insects as the future of food at the first George Town Science Fair; and uncovering the story in my insect samples from Mount Field National Park through data analysis.