Television

1. The Paul Henry Show, Mediaworks TV3, 12/05/16. New planets may harbour life - NASA
2. The Paul Henry Show, Mediaworks TV3, 30/03/16. Could humans colonise the Moon?
3. The Paul Henry Show, Mediaworks TV3, 17/12/15. Discussion about new X prize to map the deep ocean floor.
4. The Paul Henry Show, Mediaworks TV3, 29/10/15. Scientific challenges to colonizing the Moon.
5. The Paul Henry Show, Mediaworks TV3, 12/10/15. How safe are we from potential asteroid impact, what will it mean for life on Earth?
6. NZ Herald news video, 12/08/15, Feature on air quality and allergy in Auckland
7. The Paul Henry Show, Mediaworks TV3, 21/07/15, Discussion of the new ‘Breakthrough Initiative’ for space research supported by Stephen Hawking.
8. The Paul Henry Show, Mediaworks TV3, 14/04/15. Interview on latest NASA discovery of water on Mars and the prospect of finding life on another planet.
9. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 19/03/15. Science news feature on human genetics, evolution and emerging infectious diseases.
10. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 19/02/15. Science news feature on how penguins have evolved their sense of taste.
11. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 22/01/15. Science news feature on the way science is allowing re-interpretation of historical documents.
12-15. News feature on NASA Spaceward Bound Outreach Camp in Rotorua, Mediaworks TV3, 20/01/15. News interviews about my involvement in the NASA Spaceward Bound programme. Aired multiple times: Firstline 6:55am Firstline 7:46am Firstline 8:27am 3 News 12:16pm
16. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3,17/12/14, Review of the years biggest scientific discoveries, themed ‘outer space and inner space’.
17. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 12/11/14, Explanation of the science behind the movie Interstellar.
18. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 19/02/15, How penguins have evolved their sense of taste.
19. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 22/01/15, The way science is allowing re-interpretation of historical documents.
20. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 17/12/14, Review of the years biggest scientific discoveries, themed ‘outer space and inner space’.
21. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 12/11/14, Explanation of the science behind the movie Interstellar.
22. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 08/10/14, Review of the Nobel Prize awards for 2014.
23. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 24/09/14, Report on how seaweed can defy the ageing process and other science news headlines.
24. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 03/09/14, Report on a new study that suggests watching action films encourages over-eating.
25. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 27/08/14, Report on how medical research has demonstrated re-growth of damaged organs in mice.
26. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 13/08/14, Could the tractor beam and other Star Trek devices become reality?
27. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 30/07/14, Report on how astronauts train for space missions and science in space.
28. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3,16/07/14, Analysis of whether apes could ever rule the world as in the newly released movie ‘Planet of the Apes’.
29. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 02/07/14, Breaking news about environmental drivers of antibiotic resistance and drought tolerance in trees.
30. Primetime News, 23/06/14, Commentary on NZ Antarctic research programme.
31. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 21/05/14, Feature on research that shows bacteria could be used for early diagnosis of cancer.
32. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 16/04/14, Discussion of how volcanoes were important refuges for life during ice ages.
33. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 12/03/14, Report on how drought prediction for New Zealand is helping inform better decisions in agriculture.
34. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 05/02/14, Discussion of research that shows urban birds are evolving to evade traffic, and how dolphins behaviour is being altered by the military.
35. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 29/01/14, Discussion of whether we inherited diabetes genes from Neanderthals, as suggested by the Neanderthal genome project.
36. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 06/11/13, How does Antarctica affect climate?
37. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 09/10/13, Review of Nobel prize winners this year, and feature on the “God Particle” work at CERN.
38. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 14/08/13, The power of recall in dolphins and chimps.
39. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 07/08/13, How dairy farming has influenced human evolution.
40. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 17/07/13, Review of new research that suggest nature is adapting rapidly to climate change.
41. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 22/05/13, Latest research on ecology of dolphins, birds and viruses.
42. Science Chat on Firstline morning show, Mediaworks TV3, 24/04/13, Linking new scientific research findings about Mars, algae and climate change.

Radio broadcasts and podcasts


1. Presenter, ‘Street Science’ live broadcast from the streets of Auckland, 95BFM radio, 07/09/16 Pollutants in your brain, viruses that make you buff, and why altruism gets you laid!
2. Jesse Mulligan show, Radio NZ, 12/09/16 Aliens: Science or science fiction?
3. Jesse Mulligan show, Radio NZ, 06/09/16 Do microbes rule the planet?
4. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 31/08/16 The science of Pokemon Go and traffic jams
5. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 17/08/16 Microscopic olympians
6. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 10/08/16 Are we alone?
7. ‘Friday Science’ on Morning Talk show with David Slack, Radio Live, 22/07/16, Global warming, climate change and 3D printing
8. ‘Friday Science’ on Morning Talk show with David Slack, Radio Live, 14/07/16, NASAs Juno mission and other topical science news
9. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 27/07/16, Urban health
10. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 13/07/16, Why thumb suckers and nose pickers are more healthy!
11. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 06/07/16, Can birds fly non-stop?
12. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 29/06/16, Never mind the oil, what about the other scarce resources?
13. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 01/06/16, Science proves deviancy can pay!
14. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 18/05/16, Guest Shaun Hendy discusses a new state for water and more
15. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 11/05/16, Revenge of the lab rats
16. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 04/05/16, Amazing microbes.
17. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 20/04/16, Urine powered batteries?
18. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 13/04/16, The physics of music.
19. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 30/03/16, The Moon and Mars.
20. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 23/03/16, Ant-tastic science, special feature on ants.
21. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 16/03/16, Artificial Intelligence
22. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 09/03/16, Hygiene Hypothesis
23. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 02/03/16, Extinction and frozen zoos
24. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 24/02/16, The science of our hominid ancestors.
25. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 17/02/16, The science of 3D printed body parts.
26. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 10/02/16, Do trees make global warming worse?
27. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 03/02/16, The science of coconuts.
28. The weekend, Radio NZ, 10/01/16, Science discussion with Lynn Freeman
29. The weekend, Radio NZ, 26/12/15, Science discussion with Lynn Freeman
30. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 16/12/15, The science of Christmas.
31. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 09/12/15, The science of smart bandages and e-cigarettes.
32. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 02/12/15, The science of Mars.
33. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 25/11/15, The science of biological pacemakers.
34. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 18/11/15, The science of modern life.
35. Presenter, Dear Science Show, 95 BFM radio, 11/11/15, The science of ancient earthquakes.
36. Script consultant, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 4/11/15, Nobel Prizes special, reviewing this year’s prizes and who missed out!
37. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 28/10/15, A quirky physics special, considering why Mars is too small and whether the tractor beam will soon be a reality.
38. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 21/10/15, Food and agriculture special: stone age barbecues, bees get messed up by diesel, and the latest on GM food.
39. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 14/10/15, Health special: can we live forever, smoking affects our genes and new organ transplant advances.
40. My Kiwi Life, 13/10/15, podcast with Will Fleming
41. Script consultant, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 07/10/15, John Perrott joins us to discuss Te Ao Maori and western science in Aotearoa New Zealand.
42. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 30/09/15, Discussion on the government’s announcement of a protected area for the Kermadecs.
43. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 23/09/15, Bacterial clouds around humans, how sperm get directions from the female and whether caffeine really helps you stay awake.
44. Interview on Radio New Zealand, 20/10/15, Can humans generate sufficient electricity to affect electrical items? lessons from Scott Base, Antarctica.
45. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 16/09/15, Man’s best friend special – dog health, dog evolution and impact of dogs in the city.
46. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 9/09/15, Starfish-killing robots and artificial plants – blurring the line between good and bad science?
47. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 2/09/15, The plight of Tasman seabirds that ingest plastics, the deep biosphere and the biochemical basis behind the ‘runners high’ revealed.
48. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 26/08/15, What would the world look like if humans had never existed? Amoeba that farm their food and why chickens will never be as smart as humans!
49. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 19/08/15, super-mice, robotic limbs and salty snot – this weeks science news.
50. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 12/08/15, Growing plants in space, advances in immunization for honey bees and why scientists may have it wrong about mass extinctions.
51. Interview, Radio Live Drive, 11/08/15, Discussing the announcement that astronauts have grown and eaten their own food in space.
52. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 29/07/15, Report on new genetic studies that identify the link between intelligence and lifespan, and proof that some people are naturally gifted when it comes to learning music.
53. Interview on ‘Sunday Listening’ on 95 bFM radio, 24/07/15, Discussion on the discovery of Kepler452b and implications for astrobiology.
54. Interview on ‘The Wire’ hosted by George Freeman, 95 bFM radio, 24/07/15, Discussion on the discovery of Kepler452b and implications for astrobiology.
55. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 22/07/15, Discussion on the Breakthrough Initiative and what it means for astrobiology research.
56. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 15/07/15, NASAs New Horizons and images of Pluto, and why evolutionary biologist Carl Woese deserved a Nobel Prize.
57. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 08/07/15, Amazing Animals Special: seafaring spiders, square tailed seahorses and why there should be alien sharks on other worlds.
58. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 01/07/15, Biological clocks, atomic clocks and how microbes changed the Earth.
59. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 24/06/15, Primate behavior, plant signaling and are we heading for another mass extinction?
60. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 17/06/15, Health special: What use is a global map of fecal viruses? Do solar flares exacerbate autoimmune diseases? and why does it feel so good to scratch an itch?
61. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 10/06/15, Computing special: water computers, power-over-wifi, and a salute to the life and work of Alan Turing.
62. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 03/06/15, All things Antarctic: why does ice sheet melting cause gravity changes? Why are some scientists shipping ice to Antarctica, were Antarctic dinosaurs warm blooded?
63. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 27/05/15, Science reveals car safety ratings not what they appear, toxins in green household products and management lessons from the movies.
64. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 20/05/15, Maternal obesity and infant health, bone evolution in humans and how we may in future be able to restore ageing brain function.
65. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 13/05/15, Deep sea microbes and the origin of complex life, fire ants and why earthquakes make mountains shrink.
66. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 06/05/15, Why do whales have stretchy nerves, are we close to an HIV prophylactic? And what happens to an astronauts brain in space?.
67. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 29/04/15, Diabetes medication and its environmental impact on fish, the importance of maternal care in the dairy industry and carbon fixation in forests.
68. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 22/04/15, Sustainability of the rubber industry, artificial photosynthesis and the chemistry of affection in dogs.
69. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 15/04/15, The future of NASA research, placebo effects and the future of fisheries.
70. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 08/04/15, Special feature on unmanned aerial vehicles in environmental science.
71. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 01/04/15, The science of music, and the history of human body shape.
72. Presenter, Dear Science show, 95 BFM radio, 25/03/15, The science behind diets, allergy and how wealth is affecting our evolution.
73. Radio interview, Radio New Zealand, 22/01/15. Interview about the NASA Spaceward Bound outreach programme.
74. Radio Interview, Radio New Zealand, Rural News 30/08/14 Interview for Radio New Zealand on drought, following my public lecture "Living with Drought" for World Science Week .
75. Radio Interview, Radio New Zealand, Sunday Morning show, 24/08/14, Discussion of World Science Week lectures and their impact on society.
76. Panelist, Radio New Zealand, BBC Radio 5 Live, 09/08/14, Naked Science Show
77. Radio Interview, Radio New Zealand, This Way Up Show, 30/11/13, Discussion on the transfer of desert dust across the Tasman and biosecurity issues surrounding this

Newspaper and magazine articles


  1. The Big Read: Are we alone? NZ Herald, 06/09/16.
  2. Commentary article on where microbiology research should be focused Nature Microbiology, 26/08/16.
  3. Feature article: Will we find alien life this century? NZ Herald 27/07/16
  4. Feature article: Island event poses cosmic queries, NZ Herald 27/07/16
  5. Feature article: Kiwi science initiative takes off with 250k views feature on the success of the Sci21 science video project, NZ Herald, 02/06/16.
  6. Feature article: The Sci21 webcast project – a voice for science communication in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand Science Review, vol. 72, p 48.
  7. Feature article: Kiwi-made science webcast goes live. Feature on the creation and launch of the Sci21 webcast series of popular science videos, 21/08/15.
  8. Feature on Auckland’s future as a world-class city, 12/08/15, Interview in newspaper feature plus accompanying video on air quality and allergy in Auckland.
  9. News articles on my TEDx public lecture in NZ Herald and North Shore Times.
  10. Feature article on The use of drones for environmental research in New Zealand, NZ Herald, 14/07/15.
  11. Double page feature: Hot springs could solve mystery of life on Mars, NZ Herald, 21/01/15.
  12. Interview article on NASA Spaceward Bound outreach in New Zealand, Otago Daily Times, 21/01/15.
  13. Interview article on NASA Spaceward Bound outreach in New Zealand, Rotorua Daily Post, 21/01/15,
  14. Interview article on NASA Spaceward Bound outreach in New Zealand, International Business Times, 20/01/15.
  15. Interview article on my outreach work with NASA Spaceward Bound at local Marae, Rotorua Daily Post, 19/01/15.
  16. Science commentary article on How volcanism has helped species survive glaciation, National Academy of Sciences USA, 15/04/14
  17. Science feature: City air to go under microscope, NZ Herald, 20/01/14
  18. Magazine article: Genetically altered breathing: a possible future for humanity? Inside AUT, 01/01/14
  19. Science feature: Tracking OZ's unwelcome hitchhikers, NZ Herald, 25/11/13
  20. Magazine article: Small solutions to big problems, Idealog, 01/04/13
  21. Magazine article: Introducing Professor Steve Pointing, Inside AUT, 31/01/13