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.
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.
GENETIC testing of the bird-pollinated Grevillea georgeana (Proteaceae) on ‘terrestrial islands’ in WA has found most are so isolated that their evolution has become driven by genetic drift.
IF ANYONE ever asks ‘why did the bandicoot cross the road?’, you would never guess the answer would be ‘because the underpass was short’, but it seems local researchers have proved just that.
WHILE finding 30 minutes of exercise each day is preferred it seems walking for 30 minutes just three times a week is enough to boost workers’ feelings of relaxation and enthusiasm and reduces anxiety, research shows.
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.
STEAKS and chops could be pushed to the high-end of the meat market in future, with artificial meats supplying the bulk, cheap end, research suggests.
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.