I’m Bonnie and I am open to research collaborations about astrobiology, organic matter, education and science communication. Please email me for outreach enquiries
PhD, UNSW Sydney, awarded April 2022
Below are select professional experiences, for my full CV please see here
Deputy Director and co-founder, Praxical
(2020 – current)
Praxical is a collective of emerging science communicators and creatives, empowering the community through engaging people in the process of science. Praxical specialises in creating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) experiences for a range of audiences. We engage the community building online workshops, hosting seminars and talks or developing and facilitating in-person activities and workshops. We have delivered workshops to more than 1,000 students and have received outreach funding awards on several occasions.
Project Officer, Online Learning & Innovation Community of Practice, UNSW
(2021 – current)
The Online Learning and Innovation Community of Practice (CoP) are working to support remote learning and teaching by identifying and developing resources that are readily available and maintained by academics. The overall goal is to enhance student learning by identifying which resources are best-suited for specific learning activities.
Science Communication Officer, COALA
(2020 – current)
COALA is a European Horizon 2020 project which uses remote sensing data to help Australian Farmers make more sustainable decisions. I am the scientific communication officer for this initiative, and during my role I have spearheaded getting curriculum aligned educational resources developed, along with coordinating, organising and co-writing a blogging campaign, which has resulted in more than 11,000 website views in a year and a half.
Casual Academic, UNSW
(2018 – current)
I have worked on several courses at UNSW with duties ranging from being a teacher’s aide, to helping write and develop the course and assignments, and to running the “Introduction to Communicating Science” course. In these roles I developed aspects of assignments to be more authentic, resulting in a sharp increase in student performance. In the year that I ran the Communicating Science course we had outstanding student feedback (as seen below)
The subjects I have taught at UNSW are:
*’BEES2680: Introduction to Communicating Science’ (T2, 2020 (25 students))
*‘BEES2741: Introduction to Astrobiology’ (T2, 2019 (85 students))
*‘BEES6800: Communicating Science’ (T1 (48 students), T3 2019 (40 students), T1 2020 (30 students))
*‘BEES6741: Astrobiology: Life in the Universe’ (T2, 2018) 78 students
‘GEOS1111: Fundamentals of Geology’ (T2, 2018)
* denotes an online unit.
Casual Academic, Macquarie University
(2016 – 2020)
I have taught face to face and marked assessments at Macquarie University over the course of four years. This teaching included in the classroom and in field school.
‘GEOS2042: Life, The Universe and Everything’ (T1, 2016-2020) online only in 2020
‘GEOS226: Introduction to Field Geology’ (Summer School, 2017)