Hails from: Toronto, Canada.
Past life: Rob has written over 100 articles for ScienceNetwork WA and has promoted WA science to local, national and international audiences through his work with Murdoch University. He is the author of five novels, editor of two anthologies of fiction and former editor of Quarry magazine in Canada.
Favourite science: Rob has a great admiration and interest in UWA’s Oceans Institute. He believes the untapped potential of the world’s oceans is astonishing.
Loves: The arts, reading, travel.
WESTERN Australia has launched Soil Constraints – West, a flagship initiative bringing together research on a range of farming problems that limit agricultural production.
DENTAL schools in Australia need to adjust their curriculum to better deal with tooth challenges for an ageing population, research says.
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TAKING a tech approach to stop people pirating copyrighted material is misguided, digital experts contend.
HEALTH professionals are urging pandemic planning be prioritised for remote Aboriginal communities following the confirmation and analysis of an outbreak of the pandemic H1N1 “swine flu” virus in WA in 2013.
A STUDY by University of Western Australia has advanced understanding of why children whose mothers take fish oil supplements during pregnancy have greater health benefits.
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EXPANDED mobile phone coverage and the introduction of Doppler radar are being pushed to overcome critical shortcomings in WA farming regions.
HIGH body fat profiles in children as young as three years old provide clear links to the development of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) in adolescents.
THE MYRIAD challenges involved in animal groups sharing territory has been shown to be a key driver in the march towards higher intelligence in primates, including humans.