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An occasional blog about plants, people and landscape.

Explore. Climb. Knit. The secrets of good science writing with Jo Chandler

12-Mar-2018

If you want to be a great science writer, you’ve got to explore. Then you need to put a fence around it and etch out your landscape. Yes, you need character. You’ve got to nail it, you’ve got to knit it, you’ve got to kill your darlings and drown your kittens. But most of all, you’ve got to be brave enough to climb the ladder. All the time remembering that, hey, it’s not about you.  More>>

A tribe for the uncharismatic

14-Dec-2016

On 30 May 2014, a small brown lizard died alone in her cage on a remote island.  The island was often in the news around this time but the media’s attention lay elsewhere, focussed on the detention of people rather than on this seemingly unremarkable lizard.  Yet Gump, as this lizard was known, was in all likelihood the last Christmas Island forest skink. Her death heralded the extinction of her species. Five years earlier, the last Christmas Island pipistrelle, a tiny brown bat with a squashed-up face and black mustard seeds for eyes, also died a mostly unmourned death.    More>>

How to explain a northern quoll?

12-Aug-2016

The conversation goes something like this:

ME: I’m heading up to the Pilbara to volunteer on a research project on northern quolls.

OTHER PERSON: Oh yeah, sounds great. What’s a northern quoll? More>>

Telling stories of science and conservation with heart

22-Jun-2016

With the World Science Fair held in Brisbane in March, the visit of Alan Alda from the Alda Center for Communicating Science, and the first-ever all-scientist panel on ABC’s Q&A, it seemed that science and its importance to all of our lives had well and truly arrived in the public’s imagination.
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    Viki Cramer   PhD BSc
    Freelance science writer specialising in ecology and the environment.
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