Hails from: Toronto, Canada.
Past life: Rob has written over 100 articles for Science Network 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 (now sadly defunct).
Favourite Science: I have a great admiration and interest in UWA’s Oceans Institute. The untapped potential of the world’s oceans is astonishing.
Evolving to: Currently doing a PhD and working on a new novel.
Loves: The arts, reading, travel.
A STUDY has found that medical staff regularly exposed to paediatric medical trauma, experience more symptoms of secondary traumatic stress than their counterparts, and that the problem is most acute for those under 25 years of age.
AN ancient DNA specialist from Murdoch University has helped pinpoint the cause of mass extinctions of megafauna such as woolly rhinos, mammoth and other Ice Age mammals.
NEW research suggests that unless drastic action is taken to control dingo incursions, rangeland production of wool and sheep meat in Western Australia will disappear within 30 to 40 years.
A NEW study by Curtin University, The University of Western Australia and The Association for the Blind of Western Australia has found that hospitalisation rates for blind children are much higher than for their sighted peers.
THE Sustainable Engineering Group at Curtin University has demonstrated that red sand can be a viable and sustainable material for road construction and top dressing.
A NEW study has dispelled the belief that heart disease is higher among rural Indigenous populations than those in urban centres.
A STUDY by The University of Western Australia, Texas A&M University and the University of Macau in China has found no evidence of sex-based bias in personality tests administered in the hiring process.
A RECENT UK–Australian study has found warnings intended to dissuade women from over-indulging in chocolate can actually prompt increased consumption.
RESEARCHERS from Curtin University and Beihang University in Beijing have come up with a new ‘third way’ to improve airplane boarding.
RESEARCHERS from the University of New England, NSW are refuting the popular notion that ‘bored and cashed-up’ FIFO workers are to blame for increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.