In November 2010 my first book, Forensics, Fossils and Fruitbats; A Field Guide to Australian Scientists was published by CSIRO Publishing. Naturally, this is one of the more exciting events of my life, and this blog exists in part to promote the book.
The book is based on the Cool Scientists column I’ve been writing for the last nine years for Australasian Science. It is made up of profiles of 73 Australian scientists, including their work, inspirations, outside interests and the factors that led them to scientific research.
I’ve been writing more widely for Australasian Science for 12 years and I’m constantly concerned at the low profile of a lot of great Australian and New Zealand science. Along with publicising the book, I hope to use this piece of virtual space to promote some outstanding (and some simply quirky) research and tackle some of the issues local scientists face.