Meet the scientists visiting your school
We’ve found the best science communicators across Australia.
Become an Arludo Partner school and bring them to your school to inspire your students through an unlimited number of virtual incursions.
Aashi Parikh is a PhD candidate in the environmental DNA lab at Macquarie University. She is studying whales through their poop – extracting DNA from faecal samples to learn about the whales, their prey and their gut bacteria.
Expert game: Quokkapocalypse
Read Aashi’s latest blog, or book in for a virtual incursion!
Amal is a sleep scientist at RMIT University and a medical doctor in the Victorian health system. She is co-chair of the Respiratory Council in the Australasian Sleep Association. Her research focus is on sleep health and its contribution to our everyday health, well-being and disease.
Anastasia is your friendly neighbourhood spider biologist and a PhD candidate at UNSW. She studies the evolution of extreme mating behaviours, such as sexual cannibalism, and asks the question: Why? Why would such extreme and deadly behaviours evolve!
Anum is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in the field of Psychology at the Australian Catholic University, with a focus on promoting physical activity among school-aged children to improve their overall health.
Expert Game: Psych Tests
Read Anum’s latest blog, or book in for a virtual incursion!
Arman is a research scientist at Monash University studying invasive alien species. These are non-native animals, plants, fungi, and microbes brought by people from different parts of the world and to Australia. Arman is developing tools that can predict who these invasive alien species are and where they will invade. Using his tools, environmental managers can have an idea of how to stop and manage future alien species invasions.
Expert Game: Inglorious Baskers
Caitlin is a PhD student at the University of Queensland and focuses on studying the evolution and diversity of flowering controls in legumes. She is fascinated by the puzzle-like network of flowering signals which involves temperature, daylength, sugars, hormones and more!
Expert Game: Ormnyr
Read Caitlin’s latest blog or book in for a virtual incursion!
Carla is a PhD student researching how to make broad-spectrum vaccines against nasty respiratory bugs. She has worked on a variety of STEM projects in areas of biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and science communication.
Expert Game: Spinder
Read Carla’s latest blog or book in for a virtual incursion!
Diego de Moura Campos
Diego is a researcher biologist currently doing his PhD at the Australian National University, trying to understand how germs can influence animals when they are choosing partners to reproduce. Diego also has a degree in science education, and he has worked as a science author for book publishers.
Expert Game: Hungry Birds 2
Read Diego’s latest blog, or book in for a virtual incursion!
Elisabetta De Simone
Elisabetta is a PhD Candidate from Macquarie University, Australia and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany. She is researching how skilled readers across languages process sublexical units such as letters and syllables, to understand how different linguistic backgrounds change reading mechanisms in the mind.
Expert Game: Psych Tests
Read Elisabetta’s latest blog or book in for a virtual incursion!
Grace is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia studying the effects of man-made noise on animal behaviour. Grace is curious as to how cognition can aid animals to cope with their ever-changing environment.
Expert Game: Rat Zone
Read Grace’s latest blog, or book in for for a virtual incursion!
Hannah is a PhD researcher at the University of the Sunshine Coast and works for a global charity called the Manta Trust.
Expert Game: Reservoir Crabs
Read Hannah’s latest blog, or book in for a virtual incursion!
Ivan is a behavioural biologist at the Australian National University designing IQ tests for animals to better understand their intelligence. He is a science communicator and tutor and is passionate about creating engaging educational experiences.
Expert Game: Treasure Tragedy
Karen is a PhD student studying the use of nutritional supplements to improve brain-muscle communication within exercise. She has worked in several research labs and sporting institutions in Chile and the USA as a sport dietitian and exercise scientist.
Expert Game: Reaction Packed
Read Karen’s latest blog or book in for a virtual incursion!
Kip is a psychology researcher at UNSW and is currently undergoing training as a clinical psychologist at UWS.
Expert Game: Ethos 2514
Read Kip’s latest blog, or book in for a virtual incursion!
Lizzie is a behavioural ecologist at the University of Western Australia. Her PhD explores the drivers of individual differences in cognition in the Western Australian magpie. She has also completed her Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and is a Higher Education Academy Fellow.
Expert Game: Hungry Birds 2
Read Lizzie’s latest blog, or book in for a virtual incursion!
Marilia Fernandes Erickson
Marilia is a PhD candidate at Macquarie University where she studies animal behaviour (why do animals do what they do) and visual ecology (how animals see and interpret the world).
Expert Game: Xenon Crowe
Read Marilia’s latest blog, or book in for a virtual incursion!
Mark is a research scientist at the University of Sydney using infrared eye tracking to look at whether oxytocin can promote eye contact and reduce anxiety in challenging social situations.
Expert Game: Bards and Bandits
Read Mark’s latest blog, or book in for a virtual incursion!
Priyadharshany is a provisional psychologist and clinical psychology PhD candidate at Flinders University. She is interested in trauma and PTSD intervention. Her research is evaluating a new guided self-help program to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults.
Expert Game: Catburglary
Read Priya’s latest blog or book in for a virtual incursion!
Soleille is an evolutionary biologist at the University of New South Wales. She studies alternative reproductive modes of animals to better understand why sexual reproduction is so prevalent in the animal kingdom.
Expert Game: Blue Steal
Vinuri is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide, researching bacterial communities living on marine plastic pollution in Australia. She has previously researched on microplastic ingestion in fish.
Expert Game: Eat Prey Live
Read Vinuri’s latest blog, or book in for a virtual incursion!