Our Bloggers

Michelle Dickinson

Writes for: Nano Girl

Dr Michelle Dickinson has degrees in both science and engineering. She teaches materials engineering at the University of Auckland but also studied biomedical engineering and loves how science in the biological world is being combined with engineering in the artificial materials world to create novel solutions to age old diseases. By day she runs a nanomechanical research laboratory where she pushes, prods and breaks all sorts of materials including gold nanoparticles for antimicrobial treatments, zinc oxide nanowires for solar cells and biological cells for disease research. By night she fills her life with adventure sports (mostly kitesurfing and snowkiting), flying planes, her dog and reading about or building new technologies. Michelle is on Twitter @medickinson

Nancy de Bueger

Nancy de Bueger

Writes for: Infrequently Asked Questions

Nancy works in communications at the Royal Society of New Zealand. She contributes to the Infrequently Asked Questions blog.

Paul Walker

Writes for: The Dismal Science

Dr Paul Walker is an economist at University of Canterbury. He has expertise in microeconomics, institutional economics and industrial Organization. He blogs for The Dismal Science.

Peter Dearden

Writes for: Southern Genes

Associate Professor Peter Dearden leads Southern Genes. He is the director of Genetics Otago. Peter was trained at Victoria University, PhD at Imperial College, University of London. He then worked in the Wellcome (now Gurdon) institute and the Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge; the Zoology department, University of Western Ontario; and returned to New Zealand and the University of Otago in 2002. Peter is a researcher in the Laboratory for Evolution and Development, and Otago site leader for the National Research Centre for Growth and Development. Peter's research is centered in Evolution and Development, Epigenetics and Developmental plasticity. Peter is on Twitter @peterkdearden

Peter Griffin

Peter Griffin

Writes for: Griffin's Gadgets , Guest Work , Scibooks , Videos

Peter Griffin is the founding manager of the Science Media Centre and the founder and editor of Sciblogs. Prior to founding the SMC, he was Technology Editor of the New Zealand Herald. He is a technology commentator for the New Zealand Listener, Radio New Zealand and Newstalk ZB. Peter is a member of the senior management team of the Royal Society of New Zealand. x

Peter Kerr

Writes for: Stick

Peter Kerr is a Wellington-based journalist specialising in business, innovation and science commercialisation. Peter is on Twitter @sticknz

Public Health Expert

Tony Blakely

Writes for: Public Health Expert

Professor Tony Blakely is an epidemiologist at the University of Otago, Wellington. He has an extensive portfolio of research. Tony initiated and implemented the New Zealand Census-Mortality Study (NZCMS) in the late 1990s, a pioneering study linking the national censuses with mortality data to allow monitoring and research on ethnic and socio-economic inequalities and the contribution of smoking to mortality (the NZ census periodically includes smoking). He has also led the parallel study, CancerTrends, that links census and cancer registration data to allow cancer incidence and survival studies.

Public Health Expert

Kate Sloane

Writes for: Public Health Expert

Kate is the Research Manager for the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE³). Kate's main role is to manage and administer the day-to-day activities and financial management of the programme, as well as other affiliated research projects. Main tasks include research project and financial management and stakeholder liaison. Kate blogs for Public Health Expert.

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