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He uses spider webs and silks as models to understand how prey types, nutrients, and climatic variables induce variations at nano- to macro-scales. He has collaborative research links with the University of Akron, USA, and the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Taiwan, among others. He has published over 30 scientific papers in a range of journals, including Current Biology, Biomacromolecules, Journal of the Royal Society Interface and the Journal of Experimental Biology.

Megan Carrigy

Megan was awarded the Best Doctoral Thesis Prize in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW in 2011 for her Ph.D. thesis titled ‘Performing History, Troubling Reference: Tracking the Screen Re-enactment’. She has also been awarded the Mari Kuttna Memorial Prize for Film Studies and the English Association Prize for Best Long Essay in English Literature by the University of Sydney. Her research is published in a range of journals and books including Screening the Past and the 24 Frames series for Wallflower Press.

Before joining NYU, Megan was the Education Projects Manager at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She has taught film and media studies at UNSW and at the University of Technology, Sydney. For four years, she programmed Sydney’s annual queerDOC and Mardi Gras Film Festivals, building partnerships with local and international distributors, filmmakers, festivals and community organizations.


Prior to undertaking her Ph.D. at the University of Sydney, Kristina lived in America and received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado. She is currently working at the University of Sydney Department of Psychiatry as a statistics consultant.  


She has taught Aboriginal literature and writings at the University of Sydney, literary courses at UNSW, World Literature and language courses at the University of Western Sydney. Her research interests include Aboriginal literature, world literature, postcolonial literatures in English and French, language and communication skills.


He has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Western Australia, Perth and a Master’s in Arts Politics from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Stephen has curated exhibitions in Australia and the United States and has written extensively on Indigenous Art from Australia. He is interested in Indigenous modes of curation as a form of social practice and cultural activism. He is currently working on an exhibition at Harvard Art Museums that will open in 2016.


Current research projects include how evaluative conditioning principles influence people’s interactions on Facebook, and how fundamental principles of associative learning may explain some aspects of psychotic symptoms (such as delusions and hallucinations). After a post-doctoral fellowship at Goettingen University (Germany) he returned to UNSW to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in human learning. In addition, he is presently training to be a practicing clinical psychologist (currently conducting assessments of dementia in an aged population, and conducting therapy for eating disorders in adolescents).

Photograph of Jen Hamilton

 Jennifer's current book project, Shakespeare's Pitiless Storm, offers a transhistorical exploration of human-weather relations, using the storm scenes in King Lear as a cultural touchstone. She has lectured and tutored at UNSW and the University of Wollongong in English, Environmental Humanities and Gender Studies.

As an ecocritical scholar, Jennifer crafts links between traditional theoretical research and a creative life praxis. Her collaborative artistic projects Walking in the Rain (Performance Space, 2011), Sea Shanties for Dead Sailors (Performance Space, 2012) and The Yurt Empire (Pabrik Productions & Alto Parlente, 2013-14) explore issues of environmental degradation, colonial history and urban renewal. 

She shares the ambition of being an urban farmer with her partner and you can read about updates in their progress by visiting their webste at Her other publications reflect her various research interests and appear in Southerly Journal, Australian Humanities Review, The Reader, Das Superpaper, New Matilda, Artlink and Literature and Sensation (CSP, 2009).


Toby was the 2011 'Folk Fellow' at the National Library of Australia where he researched the music of Dougie Young and other Indigenous songwriters from western New South Wales, and formed a band with Young's grandson to perform these songs. Toby is currently the David Scott Mitchell Fellow at the State Library of NSW where he is researching tourism to Aboriginal communities, 1880s-1950s, and, after many years playing in the rock band Youth Group, he has recently released a solo album called Love's Shadow..


After graduating with Arts (English literature) and Law degrees from UNSW, Sacha was hired as a writer by The Sydney Morning Herald, where his specialties included film, music and TV, and also parenthood, education and philosophy. He has published two books: Australian Bushrangers - The Romance of Robbery and From Here to Paternity - A User's Manual for Early Fatherhood. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two kids, and, whenever possible, immerses himself in the Pacific Ocean.


Such international outlets include the South China Morning Post, UK Overseas, Whole Life Times in the US and South Africa's Business Day.  Her writing specialties include environment, science, health and technology and she is also a part-time academic who has taught journalism over the last decade at several Australian universities: University of Technology, Sydney; University of NSW and Southern Cross University, Lismore.


Most recently James investigated how the Malaysian orchid mantis resembles a flower and deceives pollinators as prey. His other research projects include ant mimicry in bugs and spiders, egg dispersal in stick insects and the behaviour and ecology of Australian praying mantises. His research has been published in journals such as The American Naturalist and has been featured by National Geographic and the NBC News.


She has taught at several Australian universities including University of New South Wales and University of Western Sydney.  She has also worked as an environmental pollution analyst.  Seema currently teaches at the University of Technology, Sydney and at NYU Sydney.  She has a number of publications to her credit.  Presently she is working on "Design and synthesis of light-harvesting ruthenium-based dyes" and "Synthesis and characterization of a new photo switchable anthracene compound, (S-(2-anthrylmethyl)ethanethioate)" at University of Technology, Sydney.  Seema is an avid traveler and is multilingual. 


She received the VC Commendation for the course Introductory Finance that she taught at UNE. Her research interests cover financial reporting quality, earnings management, corporate governance, executive compensation, market efficiency, and fair value. She published in journals including Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, Asian Academy of Management Journal of Accounting and Finance, Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing, Journal of Risk and Decision Analysis, Global Review of Accounting and Finance, International Journal of Business, Economics, Finance and Management Sciences, Academy of Taiwan Business Management Review, International Review of Business Research Papers and International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology. She is a member of American Finance Association, Accounting and Finance Association of Australian and New Zealand, Chinese Economists Society and CPA Australia.


Photograph of Petronella Vaarzon-Morel

In collaboration with Warlpiri she co-authored the book Warlpiri Women’s Voices. Her academic publications include articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes, and she has presented papers at national and international conferences. In 2012 she was the recipient of an Anthropology of Native Title Services (ANTS) Research Fellowship, at the University of Adelaide, and in 2013 a Research Writing Placement at the Centre for Native Title Anthropology, Australian National University. Her pedagogic background includes a period teaching introductory anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington.


His current research project is collaboration between Macquarie University and the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) into the consumer behavior of health care in Australia, to develop the ASMI budget submission and policy position for 2014/15. His marketing employment has included The Shell Oil Company, Barclays Bank (London) and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Industry verticals Andy has consulted to include finance (Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Zurich Insurance, American Express), consumer goods (Reckitt Benckiser, Nestle) and not for profit organizations including Amnesty International and Special Olympics.



Anna's poetry has been published in France and the United States, and locally in The Disappearing, Voiceworks, and Herding Kites. She is an Australian Poetry ‘Poet in Residence’, a mentor for the New Voices Express Media series, and the poetry editor for online journal Tabula Rasa. She is currently working on a historical novel set in 1940s Sydney.


Anne uses an integrative approach, incorporating functional and mechanistic studies of behavior, phylogenetic history, quantitative genetics and developmental morphology.  Her research has been published in a range of journals including Behavioral Ecology and Animal Behavior.

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