Ryan Ridden is a graduate from the University of Canterbury with an Honours Degree in Mathematical Physics. From a young age he was captivated by the universe, which drove a passion to understand how it all works, from the very small to the very large. Ryan is also passionate about sharing his knowledge with others, at present having given over 70 lectures to school classes of all levels and various societies on a wide range of topics. Ryan is also on YouTube Ryan Ridden and twitter @ryanridden.
Dr Sam Richardson has been at Massey University since 1994 when he began as a first year student studying Applied Economics. He was a Graduate Assistant in 1998, an Assistant Lecturer from 1999-2001 and has been a Lecturer since 2002. he has taught several papers, predominantly principles and intermediate microeconomics papers. He been fortunate to receive a number of Massey teaching awards throughout my career. He blogs for The Dismal Science.
Dr Sarah-Jane O'Connor trained in journalism after finishing a PhD in Ecology then worked for The Press for two years. She is a senior media advisor with the Science Media Centre, editor of Sciblogs and a part-time teaching fellow in science communication at Victoria University of Wellington.
Sarb Johal is a clinical and health psychologist with too many interests for the time he has available. He has looked at cloning as a solution but is yet to find a worthy collaborator. One of his roles is as Associate Professor in Disaster Mental Health in the School of Psychology, Massey University. Other hats include; host and producer of the Who cares? What’s the point? podcast, and regular contributor as a parenting commentator on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon.
Shamubeel Eaqub (CFA) is a Principal Economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. His focus is in analytical frameworks to aid economic forecasting, commentary and incisive research into topical areas of economics.
Dr Siouxsie Wiles is a research scientist with a background in medical and environmental microbiology. She has made a career out of combining her twin passions of bioluminescence (the production of light by living organisms — think glow worms and fireflies) and nasty microbes. In a nutshell, Siouxsie and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark to better understand infectious diseases. Originally from the UK, Siouxsie now leads the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland. She was the 2013 winner of the Prime Minister's Science Media Communicator's Prize. Siouxsie is on Twitter @SiouxsieW
Professor Steve Pointing is Director of the Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand, AUT University. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Great Britain, with undergraduate focus in biochemistry and postgraduate study in microbiology. His doctoral research addressed marine fungal and bacterial colonization of shipwreck timbers from the Tudor warship Mary Rose. After gaining his doctorate he lived and worked in Hong Kong until 2012, conducting research on the microbial ecology of extreme environments. He now calls Auckland home, and his research focuses on environmental issues with regional and global relevance, including New Zealand’s strategic commitment to Antarctica. Steve is on Twitter @stevepointing