SHASTA HENRY

ENTOMOLOGIST AND SCI­ENCE COMMUNICATOR

Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - UP FRONT - Join Shasta Henry for an in­sect-pin­ning work­shop at the Fes­ti­val of Bright Ideas, where you can learn how to trans­form back­yard bugs into mu­seum-qual­ity spec­i­mens. This sci­ence show­case is on to­day at Princess Wharf 1, Sala­manca. Work­shop times are 9.30-1

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.

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