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His main research has focused on how electromagnetic waves interact with these structures. This leads to interesting optical properties with applications in communications and imaging. He has also taught physics for over 10 years at high school and university levels, and has published over 70 research papers. 


Anne has been nominated and has won awards for both location and post-production sound including an AFI nomination for Walking on Water (Ayres, 2002) and two Screen Sound Awards for The Quiet American (Noyce, 2002). She is the director of Sonic Reflections, a documentary that outlines the director/sound designer relationship and is currently completing articles, and working on a book that investigates the role of sound as a key site for locating diaspora, memory trauma and loss in Australian transcultural cinema.  


Luisa’s main area is social psychology and her research has mainly revolved around the understanding of prejudice. Among her interests are issues on climate change and how psychology can contribute to the understanding of environmentally sustainable behaviour. She has also made detours into political science, more specifically, deliberative democracy, and social neuroscience. 


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.


Prior to moving to the University of Sydney, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. He is particularly interested in how complex structures and unique body plans convergently evolve, and he studies these phenomena using a combination of genomic, gene expression, anatomical, and phylogenetic tools with data collected in the field or from museums. Matt also studies how predator-prey relationships affect the evolution of lizard and snake phenotypes and life history traits on the Japanese Izu Island Archipelago. He maintains international collaborations with research groups in China, India, Japan, Mexico, and the U.S. Matt is co-author of the textbook Herpetology, 4th Edition (Sinauer Associates) to be published in 2015.

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.



Scott remains actively involved in forensic science as a committee member of the NSW Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society and supervises a number of research students in forensic science. His research interests are in the synthesis of new fingermark reagents and development techniques. 


Her work roles have included research into heavy vehicle crashes with the George Institute for Global Health and statewide injury prevention coordinator with the NSW Health Department. Jane has been a consultant to a range of government and non-government organisations which included conducting risk assessments in abattoirs, aged-care facilities and mortuaries and work with the Ministry of Health in Chengdu, China. For her consulting business Jane was a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards. Most recently, she has been a lecturer in the Department of Health Professions at Macquarie University. 


His current research project looks at stories of human and non-human survival in southern settler-colonial cities (Sydney, Buenos Aires, Cape Town), as well as in North America. This research deals with the relationship between storytelling, ethics and politics in situations of catastrophic social and environmental change. 


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.


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).


He joined as a lecturer and now acting as an Assistant Professor (on leave) in the same department. He has also conducted practical courses in Physics at the University of Sydney. He has published 5 journals and 4 conference papers.  


Before joining NYU, he has taught various laboratory classes (genetics, conservation biology and molecular biology) at the University of New South Wales and has previously worked as a science teacher at a private high school in Japan. Oliver’s Ph.D. research is on population viability and genetics of two bottlenose dolphin populations with the aim to guide wildlife management. A major part of the project is to identify immune gene variants of the ‘major histocompatibility complex’ that may be important for reproductive success and survival of the dolphins. Essentially his research is a search for gene variants that matter for conservation of dolphins and other vertebrate populations ( Oliver is also a co-founder of the Sydney Society of Conservation Biology, a local chapter of the Society of Conservation Biology (SCB). 


He has taught and assessed both undergraduate and postgraduate psychology subjects, including introductory, social, biological and personality psychology, in addition to research methods, statistics and thesis preparation. He has also taught in interdisciplinary topics, specifically concerning the application of psychology in various health professions. His current research interests include exploring the role outgroup bias and discrete coalition cues play in adaptively negotiating group decision tasks. He is also collaborating with researchers in the field of education, to design interventions intended to help educators understand and negotiate the conflicting moral values in their students. 


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.


Her teaching has covered Introduction to Finance courses, Financial Markets, Quantitative Methods, Derivative Securities and Econometrics. Her research interests include time series econometrics, forecasting, corporate governance and management quality. She has worked in the finance industry for the past 8 years and prior to that worked as an economic consultant. She is a member of the global research team of the Scientific Active Equities (SAE) within BlackRock located in Sydney.


He has taught various subjects at UNSW including neuropsychological assessment and psychopathology, social and developmental psychology, and introduction to psychology. He has worked as a clinician with acute psychosis, traumatic brain injury and personality disorder populations, conducting neuropsychological assessments and delivering treatment. His clinical experience also includes working with children and adolescents with learning difficulties, anxiety, depression, and autism spectrum disorder.


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 a Chartered member of Royal Australian Chemical Institute, MRACI (CChem ). She is an avid traveller and is multilingual.  


She is the author of the forthcoming book Wild Man, which will be published by Affirm Press in 2015. Her current research project, entitled Hatching, Matching and Despatching focuses on the legal regulation of intimacy in the Australasian colonies from 1788-1901. 

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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 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.

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