I am a freelance science journalist, broadcaster and author, who is yet to meet a piece of research I don’t find fascinating. In more than a decade of freelance reporting, I have written for publications and websites including Scientific American, the Guardian, Nature, Australian Geographic, Ecos, Medicine Today, Frontline Medical News, BBC Future, ABC Science and ABC Health and Wellbeing.
I am author of The End: The Human Experience Of Death , editor of The Best Australian Science Writing 2015 anthology, and co-author of The Sixth Wave: How To Succeed In A Resource-Limited World.
I’m also an experienced public speaker, facilitator and panel chair, having performed these roles at events including the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, and the Brisbane Writers’ Festival.
In July 2010, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) took a $32m gamble on geothermal energy, investing in Australia’s first demonstration of geothermal electricity generation.
Six years later, the wells in South Australia’s Cooper Basin have been filled with concrete and abandoned, and the geothermal exploration company involved – Geodynamics Limited – has announced it is rebranding and pivoting to biogas, solar photovoltaic, battery storage and hybrid solutions.
Although geothermal energy is a mainstay of electricity generation in countries such as Iceland and El Salvador, the ancient, slumbering strata of Australia presents a more challenging landscape. Read more.