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What are some of our graduates doing now?

Ali Rogers, MSc (2016)


After leaving SciComm, Ali worked for the Department of Conservation as a Social Media Advisor. Ali produced content to engage and motivate existing DOC followers, as well as entice new audiences and communities. Ali’s skills are in high demand and she recently landed a job as a science communicator for GNS Science. Ali is part of a team that applies scientific knowledge from the atomic to the planetary scale to create wealth, protect the environment, and improve the safety of people.

MSc thesis title (2016): Community Co-Creation of Museum Exhibitions.

Giles Bollinger, PGDip (2017)


Giles landed a job as Adviser for the Director of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health immediately after finishing his degree. Giles spends a lot of time reading and writing reports about the criminally insane. He deals with nurses, psychiatrists, doctors and police, breaking down complex information and communicating it quickly in a way that non-experts can understand. Giles says: “I know full well that my Postgrad Diploma in Science Communication is the reason I got this job (they asked me about it a lot in the interview)”!

Daniel Hunter, MSc (2010)


Daniel has a real gift for capturing dramatic animal behaviours on camera. Daniel, along with fellow SciComm student Ed Saltau, established The Natural History Unit in Australia in 2014. Since then, their clients have included the BBC, National Geographic, ABC, Blue Ant Media, Wildbear and France 5. Check out some of Daniel and Ed’s mesmerisingly beautiful footage at https://www.thenhu.com.au/.

MSc thesis title (2010): Emotion in Natural History Film.

Samuel Chen, MSc (2015)


As Managing Director of Walking Story, Samuel is responsible for video production, camera operation and editing, as well as multimedia and audio content production. Samuel has won three awards across different categories from the Australian Cinematographers Society, including a Gold for his wildlife documentary Kangaroo Island: Life on the Edge.

MSc thesis title (2015): Life on the Edge: The Survival of Wildlife Cinematography as a Craft.

Guy Ryan, MSc (2010)


Guy is the founder and CEO of Inspiring Stories. He runs many programmes, including Festival for the Future, Live the Dream, Future Leaders, The Future Fund, Making a Difference. Guy was awarded the prestigious Young New Zealander of the Year award in 2015!

Erika Szymanski, PhD (2016)


Erika is presently a research fellow at The University of Edinburgh, blogger at Wineoscope.com, columnist for Palate Press: the online wine magazine. Erika also won the Digital Wine Awards, "Best Investigative/Journalistic Article". She is also an HASTAC Scholar, was named Louis Roederer International Emerging Wine Writer of the Year, a Shafer Vineyards Fellowship Recipient and a finalist in the Born Digital Wine Awards.

PhD thesis title (2016): Through the Grapevine: In Search of a Rhetoric of Industry-Oriented Science Communication.

Nicola Vallance, PGDip (2002)

Nicola was a Threatened Species Ambassador with the Department of Conservation. She researched, wrote and presented over 200 episodes of the television series "Meet the Locals" in partnership with TVNZ and DOC. More recently, Nicola served as an "environment reporter" for the Erin Simpson Show (TV2 weekdays). In addition, she has authored a series of children's non-fiction books about the weird and wonderful wildlife in New Zealand. Her first book (Invaders: Animals from Elsewhere that are Causing Trouble Here) was selected as a finalist in the LIANZA Children's Book Awards for Best Non-fiction. In 2012, Nicola's second book, Wild Buddies...and Baddies was published. 

Eliza Moorhead, MSc (2010)


Eliza is the Director at Fair Projects, an organisation that offers professional quality media and communications to charities. In 2012, Eiza was named as one of The Age's 'Top 100 Most Influential Melbournians' for her Fair Projects work. Her film and photography work has been published internationally with some of the world’s leading advocacy organisations.

MSc thesis title (2010): Reconsidering The Nonhuman Animal: A Multidisciplinary Approach.