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.
LOADING caffeine and sodium phosphate has been shown to improve female athlete’s repeated-sprint abilities, even during periods of late-match fatigue.
FEW species have a more harrowing mating experience than WA’s gladiatorial, ground-burrowing Dawson’s bee (Amegilla dawsoni).
EXTRACTIVE metallurgists from Murdoch University have discovered the dissolution mechanism for a mineral previously considered to be unrecoverable and discarded as waste.
HEAVY transport that emits heat and water instead of diesel exhaust is within WA’s reach, a Murdoch University researcher says.
A TEAM of Murdoch University researchers have designed an efficient, small-scale greenhouse combining desalination with food production.
MALES with low sperm quality probably won’t get much help from dining on fish oil supplements and a bag of carrots, recent aquatic-based research suggests.
A STUDY involving 176 zoos from more than 50 countries has found zoos are missing opportunities to educate visitors about conservation and sustainability.
EXERCISE scientists from Australia and the USA are advocating a ‘whole person’ approach to understanding and developing elite athletes.
CHOOSING in vitro fertilisation (IVF) over other infertility treatments has been linked to lower rates of mental health hospitalisation for women who don’t conceive.