I consider education – across all ages and contexts – to be a profoundly powerful way to create positive impact in the world. This belief has motivated me to engage widely with educational efforts including individual mentoring, research project supervision, science outreach in primary and high schools, lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate university courses, writing for Cosmos magazine and other media, appearing on ABC TV’s Catalyst program, and writing an illustrated children’s book, Amy’s Balancing Act.

Science communication

An artist, farmer and scientist walk into a bar

In 2019 I collaborated on a unorthodox art project entitled “An artist, farmer and scientist walk into a bar”. My collaborators in this were my friend and artist Mark Swartz from Featheredge and Blue Mountains farmers Erika Watson and Hayden Druce from Epicurean Harvest. The project was initiated and funded by the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.

The project is wrapped up in the video below and more project posts can be found here.

Optics outreach

Back when I was an undergraduate student I organised a two week long science roadshow to schools across rural NSW (primary and secondary). The following video captures the story of this trip.

The Optics in the Outback trip was followed by a number more classes, including at the ATSE Extreme Science Show and steered my co-organiser Owen into a career developing education material for teaching coding with the Grok Academy.

Student research projects

Since joining ANU in late 2018 I’ve supervised the following student projects. If you are interested in pursuing similar research please send me an email at my ANU address.


  • Clean energy solutions on the Great Barrier Reef – PhD


  • Modelling of an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment network for selected routes within South Australia – honours


  • Data Driven Approach for Improving the Visibility of the Distribution Grid – PhD
  • A feasibility assessment of electric vehicles in remote communities in Northern Australia – honours
  • Repurposing Electric Vehicle Batteries – honours
  • Analysis of voltages in the ACT distribution network using the Nextgen data set – honours
  • Optimising the sizing of a solar photovoltaic system for the Research School of Chemistry at The Australian National University – honours


  • Control and stability of inverter-based power systems – honours
  • Virtual Electricity Transmission via Aggregation of Small Passenger Electric Vehicles – honours
  • Python Based Battery Control System for Smart Energy Grid Integration – honours

Latest posts

  • Dr Karl’s Shirtloads of Science podcast
    My fun discussion about “Energy and Cars” (and Amy’s Balancing Act course) with @doctor_karl has just been released on Dr Karl’s #shirtloadsofscience #podcast. Listen here, or where ever you get your podcasts.
  • Woodford Folk Festival 2022-23
    I had a wonderful time at the Woodford Folk Festival over the summer. I can now confirm that it’s no less fun with a toddler than childless! So much excitement and good vibes all around. I gave an hour long presentation on “Watt’s in store for the energy system?” in the main festival, with special… Continue reading
  • Amy launched in the Parliament of Australia
    Amy’s story has struck such a chord with political moment that Alicia Payne MP, the member for Canberra, hosted the national launch of Amy’s Balancing Act in Federal Parliament. The event included an enthusiastic speech from the Minister for Climate Change and Energy, the Hon Chris Bowen, as well as an impressive upside-down reading of… Continue reading
  • Being a part of Woodfordia
    I’ve always loved how the Woodford Folk Festival serves up fun for young and old. I’m delighted to be a part of this years festival with an adult talk with Prof Ian Lowe and a children’s talk about Amy’s Balancing Act. Above all, it’s simply going to be the best time introducing my son to… Continue reading
  • Young ANU scientists make their mark with Tall Poppy honours
    Four outstanding early career researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) who are forging new ground in fields spanning tissue engineering to how we experience and communicate emotions have been recognised with ACT Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.  Dr Kiara Bruggeman, Dr Joshua Chu-Tan, Dr Bjorn Sturmberg and Dr Amy Dawel have been honoured for… Continue reading