Portfolio and media

I thoroughly enjoy discussing science through a range of media. Below are a selection of my activities and media coverage of some of those activities:

The Insects of New Zealand Playing Card project (2015 – present)

In the latter half of 2015 I teamed up with scientific illustrator, Emma Scheltema, to produce a set of playing cards featuring native insect species. The project was funded by the Entomological Society of New Zealand and spawned a companion zine and a set of enamel pins. Based off this zine (co-authored with Dr Chrissie Painting), Emma and I have also developed series of educational posters which are available for download on the Science Learning Hub (2019).

To learn more about the project check out our website here (including online store) or have a listen to my interview with RadioNZ (2016) or with James O’Hanlon at In Situ science.

My writing

SciBlogs guest article A woman’s touch: Where are the evolutionary studies of female animals? – Suffrage 125 (19 Sept 2018)

Science Trends Exaggerated Weapons In New Zealand Spiders – Does Size Matter? (25 June 2018)


Talking white-tail spiders on The Project NZ (19 September 2019)

Speaking about white-tail spiders on The Project NZ (2 February 2018)

Participant in NZHerald Election 2017 conservation policy panel (3 October 2017)

Talking spiders on the Otago museum diaries (3 August 2015)


Expert of the week: New Zealand spiders on RadioNZ Jesse Mulligan 1-4pm (06 May 2019)

Talking spider fights on RadioNZ Jesse Mulligan 1-4pm (13 June 2016)

Print coverage

Article about our spider fighting behaviour paper (30 April 2018)

Dickinson, M. “Scientists deal native insect cards to help save NZ species”, Whanganui Chronicle. (27 May 2017) (image)

Chatting with Maria Ji about insects  (7 February 2017)

Four Corners; A bug’s game. North and South magazine, January 2017, Issue 370: pg 28.