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Professor Nancy Longnecker

Nancy Longnecker has experience as an agricultural research scientist, professional science communicator and science communication academic. She has considerable experience obtaining research funding, conducting research, reporting and publishing results, supervising, mentoring, networking with industry, working collaboratively, developing curriculum and teaching. She has supervised 11 PhD, 16 MSc and 25 Honours student research projects to completion, including students from 17 different countries.

Professor Longnecker and her science communication students have created exhibitions and displays that have been seen by tens of thousands of visitors in Australia and New Zealand. She has established positive collaborations that have resulted in multiple exhibitions. Those at the Otago Museum include Dare to be Wise (a celebration of the University of Otago’s 150th anniversary), Einstein, Well Balanced and Wai ora, Mauri ora.

Professor Longnecker’s current research examines impact and effectiveness of science communication with varied audiences. Researchers in her group examine factors that affect peoples’ attitudes towards and understanding of science and how information can be used to change attitudes and behaviour while respecting values and different sources of knowledge. Prof Longnecker has experience working with a broad range of communities, including people within primary industries, indigenous people, museum visitors and school students.

Current teaching

Research interests

  • Motivations to Participate in Science and Impact of Science Engagement
  • Different Perspectives and Ways of Knowing
  • The Value of Stories and Storytelling
  • Science Communication and its Education

Potential postgraduate projects

  • Attitudes about and valuing different sources of knowledge
  • Methodologies for evaluation of impact of science outreach and engagement
  • Sense of identity and individual response to communication of information
  • Responses to oral and text-based science storytelling

Current postgraduate student and student research

Current and recent PhD students

Current and recent MSciComm students

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Publications

Sripaoraya, N., Spronken-Smith, R., & Longnecker, N. (2022). Intensive, short-term presenting with a science outreach program enhances positive science attitudes and interest in lifelong learning about science. Frontiers in Education, 7, 719686. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2022.719686

Solis, D. H., Hutchinson, D., & Longnecker, N. (2021). Formal learning in informal settings: Increased physics content knowledge after a science centre visit. Frontiers in Education, 6, 698691. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2021.698691

Longnecker, N. (2021, July). Tips for the long haul. Verbal presentation at the Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) Triennial Conference: Embracing Diversity, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Fletcher, J., Higham, J., & Longnecker, N. (2021). Climate change risk perception in the USA and alignment with sustainable travel behaviours. PLoS ONE, 16(2), e0244545. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0244545

Fleming, J. S., Longnecker, N., Salmon, R. A., & Hikuroa, D. C. H. (2020). Aotearoa New Zealand: Participatory science and bicultural knowledge communication. In T. Gascoigne, B. Schiele, J. Leach, M. Riedlinger, B. V. Lewenstein, L. Massarani & P. Broks (Eds.), Communicating science: A global perspective. (pp. 71-102). Canberra, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/CS.2020.04

Fleming, J. S., Longnecker, N., Salmon, R. A., & Hikuroa, D. C. H. (2020). Aotearoa New Zealand: Participatory science and bicultural knowledge communication. In T. Gascoigne, B. Schiele, J. Leach, M. Riedlinger, B. V. Lewenstein, L. Massarani & P. Broks (Eds.), Communicating science: A global perspective. (pp. 71-102). Canberra, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/CS.2020.04

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Longnecker, N., & Gondwe, M. (2014). Graduate degree programmes in science communication: Educating and training science communicators to work with communities. In L. Tan Wee Hin & R. Subramaniam (Eds.), Communicating science to the public: Opportunities and challenges for the Asia-Pacific region. (pp. 141-160). Dordrecht: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9097-0_9

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Longnecker, N., & Davis, J. (2013). Building the future: The sciences and engineering. In J. Gregory & J. Chetkovich (Eds.), Seeking wisdom: A centenary history of the University of Western Australia. (pp. 321-351). Perth, Australia: UWA Publishing.

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Yadav, S. S., Longnecker, N., Dusunceli, F., Bejiga, G., Yadav, M., Rizvi, A. H., … Chen, W. (2007). Uses, consumption and utilization. In S. S. Yadav, R. J. Redden, W. Chen & B. Sharma (Eds.), Chickpea breeding and management. (pp. 72-100). Wallingford, UK: CABI. doi: 10.1079/9781845932138.000

Chapter in Book - Research

Sripaoraya, N., Spronken-Smith, R., & Longnecker, N. (2022). Intensive, short-term presenting with a science outreach program enhances positive science attitudes and interest in lifelong learning about science. Frontiers in Education, 7, 719686. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2022.719686

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Fletcher, J., Higham, J., & Longnecker, N. (2021). Climate change risk perception in the USA and alignment with sustainable travel behaviours. PLoS ONE, 16(2), e0244545. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0244545

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Solis, D. H., Hutchinson, D., & Longnecker, N. (2021). Formal learning in informal settings: Increased physics content knowledge after a science centre visit. Frontiers in Education, 6, 698691. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2021.698691

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Manyweathers, J., Taylor, M., & Longnecker, N. (2020). Expertise and communicating about infectious disease: A case study of uncertainty and rejection of local knowledge in discourse of experts and decision makers. Journal of Science Communication, 19(4), A01. doi: 10.22323/2.19040201

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Campbell, S., Jasoni, C., & Longnecker, N. (2019). Drinking patterns and attitudes about alcohol among New Zealand adolescents. Kōtuitui, 14(2), 276-289. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2019.1625934

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Cisternas, J., Wehi, P. M., Haupokia, N., Hughes, F., Hughes, M., Germano, J. M., Longnecker, N., & Bishop, P. J. (2019). 'Get together, work together, write together': A novel framework for conservation of New Zealand frogs. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 43(3), 3392. doi: 10.20417/nzjecol.43.32

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Fletcher, J., Longnecker, N., & Higham, J. (2019). Envisioning future travel: Moving from high to low carbon systems. Futures, 109, 63-72. doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2019.04.004

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Hanisch, E., Johnston, R., & Longnecker, N. (2019). Cameras for conservation: Wildlife photography and emotional engagement with biodiversity and nature. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 24(3), 267-284. doi: 10.1080/10871209.2019.1600206

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Longnecker, N., & Scott, C. (2018). Challenges of cross-cultural communication in production of a collaborative exhibition: Wai ora, Mauri ora. Journal of Science Communication, 17(4), C05. doi: 10.22323/2.17040305

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Manyweathers, J., Field, H., Jordan, D., Longnecker, N., Agho, K., Smith, C., & Taylor, M. (2017). Risk mitigation of emerging zoonoses: Hendra virus and non-vaccinating horse owners. Transboundary & Emerging Diseases, 64(6), 1898-1911. doi: 10.1111/tbed.12588

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Manyweathers, J., Field, H., Longnecker, N., Agho, K., Smith, C., & Taylor, M. (2017). "Why won't they just vaccinate?" Horse owner risk perception and uptake of the Hendra virus vaccine. BMC Veterinary Research, 13, 103. doi: 10.1186/s12917-017-1006-7

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Mitchell, N., Triska, M., Liberatore, A., Ashcroft, L., Weatherill, R., & Longnecker, N. (2017). Benefits and challenges of incorporating citizen science into university education. PLoS ONE, 12(11), e0186285. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186285

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Longnecker, N. (2016). An integrated model of science communication: More than providing evidence. Journal of Science Communication, 15(5), Y01.

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Wright, D., MacLeod, B., Hammond, N., & Longnecker, N. (2016). Can grain growers and agronomists identify common leaf diseases and biosecurity threats in grain crops? An Australian example. Crop Protection, 89, 78-88. doi: 10.1016/j.cropro.2016.07.005

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Abecasis, R. C., Afonso, P., Colaço, A., Longnecker, N., Clifton, J., Schmidt, L., & Santos, R. S. (2015). Marine conservation in the Azores: Evaluating marine protected area development in a remote island context. Frontiers in Marine Science, 2, 104. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00104

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Arevalo-Vigne, I., Longnecker, N., White, B. A., Walker, I., & Kingwell, R. (2015). Making sense of the science behind fruit fly control. Rural Extension & Innovation Systems Journal, 11(1), 62-71.

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Gondwe, M., & Longnecker, N. (2015). Objects as stimuli for exploring young people’s views about cultural and scientific knowledge. Science, Technology & Human Values, 40(5), 766-792. doi: 10.1177/0162243915577452

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Gondwe, M., & Longnecker, N. (2015). Scientific and cultural knowledge in intercultural science education: Student perceptions of common ground. Research in Science Education, 45(1), 117-147. doi: 10.1007/s11165-014-9416-z

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Pegrum, M., Bartle, E., & Longnecker, N. (2015). Can creative podcasting promote deep learning? The use of podcasting for learning content in an undergraduate science unit. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(1), 142-152. doi: 10.1111/bjet.12133

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Sullivan, M., & Longnecker, N. (2014). Class blogs as a teaching tool to promote writing and student interaction. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 30(4), 390-401.

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Costa Abecasis, R., Longnecker, N., Schmidt, L., & Clifton, J. (2013). Marine conservation in remote small island settings: Factors influencing marine protected area establishment in the Azores. Marine Policy, 40(1), 1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2012.12.032

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Costa Abecasis, R., Schmidt, L., Longnecker, N., & Clifton, J. (2013). Implications of community and stakeholder perceptions of the marine environment and its conservation for MPA management in a small Azorean island. Ocean & Coastal Management, 84, 208-219. doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2013.08.009

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Venville, G., Rennie, L., Hanbury, C., & Longnecker, N. (2013). Scientists reflect on why they chose to study science. Research in Science Education, 43(6), 2207-2233. doi: 10.1007/s11165-013-9352-3

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Rifkin, W., Longnecker, N., Leach, J., & Davis, L. (2012). Assigning students to publish on the web: Examples, hurdles, and needs. Journal of the NUS Teaching Academy, 2(2), 79-94.

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Venville, G., Blair, D., Coward, D., Deshon, F., Gargano, M., Gondwe, M., … Longnecker, N., … Zadnik, M. (2012). Research informed science enrichment programs at the Gravity Discovery Centre. Teaching Science, 58(1), 33-39.

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Bartle, E., Longnecker, N., & Pegrum, M. (2011). Collaboration, contextualisation and communication using new media: Introducing podcasting into an undergraduate chemistry class. International Journal of Innovation in Science & Mathematics Education, 19(1), 16-28.

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Coward, D. M., Heary, A., Venville, G., Todd, M., Laas-Bourez, M., Zadnik, M., … Longnecker, N. (2011). The Zadko telescope: A resource for science education enrichment. Advances in Space Research, 47(11), 1922-1930. doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2011.01.005

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Salter, Z., Venville, G., & Longnecker, N. (2011). An Australian story: School sustainability education in the lucky country. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 27(1), 149-159.

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Rifkin, W., Longnecker, N., Leach, J., Davis, L., & Orthia, L. (2010). Students publishing in new media: Eight hypotheses: A house of cards? International Journal of Innovation in Science & Mathematics Education, 18(1), 43-54.

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Mulder, H. A. J., Longnecker, N., & Davis, L. S. (2008). The state of science communication programs at universities around the world. Science Communication, 30(2), 277-287.

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Liu, F.-H., & Longnecker, N. (2002). Interactive effect of cytokinin and potassium on sink-source relationships in Lupinus angustifolius. Plant Growth Regulation, 36(1), 1-6. doi: 10.1023/A:1014794015080

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Ma, Q., Longnecker, N., & Atkins, C. (2002). Varying phosphorus supply and development, growth and seed yield in narrow-leafed lupin. Plant & Soil, 239(1), 79-85. doi: 10.1023/A:1014988219743

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Emery, R. J. N., Longnecker, N. E., & Atkins, C. A. (1998). Branch development in Lupinus angustifolius L. II. Relationship with endogenous ABA, IAA and cytokinins in axillary and main stem buds. Journal of Experimental Botany, 49(320), 555-562. doi: 10.1093/jxb/49.320.555

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Ma, Q., Longnecker, N., & Atkins, C. (1998). Exogenous cytokinin and nitrogen do not increase grain yield in narrow-leafed lupins. Crop Science, 38(3), 717-721. doi: 10.2135/cropsci1998.0011183X003800030017x

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Ma, Q., Longnecker, N., Emery, N., & Atkins, C. (1998). Growth and yield in Lupinus angustifolius are depressed by early transient nitrogen deficiency. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 49(5), 811-819. doi: 10.1071/A97153

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Miguel, L. C., Longnecker, N. E., Ma, Q., Osborne, L., & Atkins, C. A. (1998). Branch development in Lupinus angustifolius L. I. Not all branches have the same potential growth rate. Journal of Experimental Biology, 49(320), 547-553. doi: 10.1093/jxb/49.320.547

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Ma, Q., Longnecker, N., & Dracup, M. (1997). Nitrogen deficiency slows leaf development and delays flowering in narrow-leafed lupin. Annals of Botany, 79(4), 403-409. doi: 10.1006/anbo.1996.0361

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Longnecker, N., Crosbie, J., Davies, F., & Robson, A. (1996). Low seed manganese concentration and decreased emergence of Lupinus angustifolius. Crop Science, 36(2), 355-361. doi: 10.2135/cropsci1996.0011183X003600020024x

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Tang, C., Adams, H., Longnecker, N. E., & Robson, A. D. (1996). A method to identify lupin species tolerant of alkaline soils. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 36(5), 595-601.

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Tang, C., Longnecker, N. E., Greenway, H., & Robson, A. D. (1996). Reduced root elongation of Lupinus angustifolius L. by high pH is not due to decreased membrane integrity of cortical cells or low proton production by the roots. Annals of Botany, 78(4), 409-414. doi: 10.1006/anbo.1996.0136

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Tang, C., Robson, A. D., Longnecker, N. E., & Buirchell, B. J. (1995). The growth of Lupinus species on alkaline soils. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 46(1), 255-268. doi: 10.1071/AR9950255

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Crosbie, J., Longnecker, N. E., & Robson, A. D. (1994). Seed manganese affects the early growth of lupins in manganese-deficient conditions. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 45, 1469-1482. doi: 10.1071/AR9941469

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Longnecker, N., & Robson, A. (1994). Leaf emergence of spring wheat receiving varying nitrogen supply at different stages of development. Annals of Botany, 74(1), 1-7. doi: 10.1006/anbo.1994.1087

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Tang, C., Kuo, J., Longnecker, N., Thomson, C. J., & Robson, A. (1993). High pH causes disintegration of the root surface in Lupinus angustifolius L. Annals of Botany, 71, 201-207. doi: 10.1006/anbo.1993.1025

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Longnecker, N. E., Graham, R. D., & Card, G. (1991). Effects of manganese deficiency on the pattern of tillering and development of barley (Hordeum vulgare c.v. Galleon). Field Crop Research, 28, 85-102. doi: 10.1016/0378-4290(91)90076-8

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Longnecker, N., & Welch, R. M. (1990). Accumulation of apoplastic iron in plant roots: A factor in the resistance of soybeans to iron-deficiency induced chlorosis? Plant Physiology, 92, 17-22. doi: 10.1104/pp.92.1.17

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