About Me

Welcome to my blog. It’s a place where I share my thoughts, opinions and snapshots with the wider world.

Enjoying an amazing beach day back home in Oz... was the move to London the right choice?

At home on the Gold Coast, Australia.

I’m an environmental scientist and communicator. I’m passionate about science. It makes sense of the world around us, and has radically shaped the course of human history in the past 500 years. And I love exploring the world: the wilder, the better. I have a hunger to learn new things about myself and the world I live in, and want everyone to have the opportunity to do this too.

While I enjoyed research, especially the bits where I had to wander around in swamps and survey sand dunes, I found the lab bench confining. In my spare days I took school groups out to study local waterways with Waterwatch, and found Green Steps (and my ongoing role as a trainer) and involvement with the AYCC so enjoyable that I decided to turn my enthusiasm into my livelihood. In 2010 I moved to London to complete a Master of Science in Science Communication at Imperial College London.

I then took on a job in the Science Museum, program managing the experimental Lottolab, which produced the first ever peer-reviewed manuscript by a class of school kids (it starts “Once upon a time…“). I found myself running a neuroscience nightclub and managing an ‘open lab’ which brought Museum visitors into the thick of real experiments. I then moved into the Contemporary Science team, where I develop updates for the galleries, run huge events and get to find out and share jaw-dropping stuff every day.

A picture of a teenager taking part in a blindfolded experiment at the Science Museum.

An ‘i, scientist’ experiment, created by young people who were posed the question “How do you find your way?”, in action at Lottolab.

If you want to contact me personally, my address is davidr (dot) sci (at) gmail (dot) com.

35 Comments

35 thoughts on “About Me

  1. wanderingwonderer

    You blog?! I am so adding you to my blog roll. =)
    Love those pics, by the way. You didn’t take them did you? I’m highly impressed if you did. I wish I had that kind of talent.
    Anywho, see you in lab and whatnot.
    Cheers.

    ~Kristin Nichole

    • davidpj

      Hey, the pics in my blog posts are mine unless otherwise noted – I’m pretty into photography as a hobby, it’s a lot of fun, thanks for the compliment! On this particular page not so much because they’re pictures of me though.

      Cheers
      -David

      • Hey David, Let me know if theres anything I can do to help you in Sci Comm, you’d love the stuff we’re doing with http://www.sciencejunkie.co.uk. Hope youre well, Huw (huw@huwjames.com if you need it)

      • Hi Huw, thanks for the heads up! Yes, Greg came and chatted to us a few weeks back, unfortunately I didn’t get much of a chance to speak with him in the pub after his seminar. I’m flat out at the moment but the stuff you’re doing with extreme sports science looks great, it taps into so many areas that people love hearing about and there’s a lot of science involved too. Cheers!

  2. nice blog!!! i am working as a lab. tech here in the Philippine tropical islands….worth seeing blog!!!

  3. Hi dave.

  4. Lachlan Hughes

    Hey David,

    Lachlan Hughes here. I am a film student at Griffith. Currently working on an informative video project with The Wilderness Society in regards to their Cape York Campaign for World Heritage Listing.

    We are interested in including some of your photos in the video. Could you please contact me on 0420901317 or lachlan.hughes@griffithuni.edu.au

    Thanks.

  5. Hi, nice to meet you !

  6. Very interesting blog. :)

  7. Great blog, nice pictures… I love it all

  8. Hi David-
    Gorgeous website! You take absolutely fabulous photos. Keep up the wild ride you’re on and be sure to get to Rarotonga and all of the Cook Islands. They’re worth the trip!

    Cheers!

    • I went to Rarotonga in late 2007 – it was great! The waves were good, the locals were friendly and it was very chilled out. I didn’t get to explore the other islands though… they’re on my list!

  9. love your blog! i studied abroad in london & joined the alternative music club at imperial college. have fun :)

  10. Wonderful inspiring images, thats what I call true photography

  11. Jasmine

    Hi, I’m from Taiwan, addicted with photography for not long time. You are so professinal and enjoy-life that I’m appreciate if you need a penpal. =]

  12. Hey man!

    Loved your Road Trip stories . .I’ve just moved to Melbourne, but happened to take a trip along the South Coast last week. Your photos are gorgeous! :) Crazy surf, though! X

  13. Really enjoyed watching your video & reading parts of your blog. You’ve really put some work in creating this great site. Well done!! And the photos are brilliant.
    Cheers :)

  14. Hi David,

    It was nice bumping into your blog. Though I have not blogged in a while, I do keep myself updated on articles on this website to see if I come across something really eye catching and your blog is certainly a unique read.

    I am an avid traveller & photographer myself -and after reading your blog, it sure seems like you would love coming to India too.

    Keep Blogging & Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

    • Thanks very much! Brought a big smile to my face – and from what I’ve heard of India it’s an amazing place, very different to Australia though!

      • Apologies, not connected in a while now. Been busy travelling and again back from a trip!

        Yea, Every Place has its own charm – you need to visit this place to see what you really connect on with here.

        If you ever do, do let me know, will be happy to show you around!

        Let me know if you are on Facebook and we can connect on!

  15. southwindtrails

    I love your photos, such amazing veiws. I’m really jealous I would love to travel to some of those places!

  16. nice blog and i dare to incorporate some of good features of your blog in my own.

  17. Mary Beth

    Love your photos! Hope ur sister is safe after the bad storm.

    You are so wise to Live Your Dream while you are still young. Thank you for sharing your photos and happy times.
    MB

    P.S. My gorgeous niece thinks you’re hot!

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  19. Enjoy and get fun as it s possible

    long life sir

  20. i think …great blog…great photos…i’ve spend some good time reading it and looking the amazing landscapes you’ve visited.
    Compliments from italy :)

  21. cucinainternational

    Hi David,

    I’ve looked at your fantastic science blog and congratulate you for being a finalist in the Weblog awards! I was wondering if you’d be interested in being profiled for the newspaper I work for? I’ve included an email address so feel free to contact me using that. Thanks so much and I look forward to speaking with you!

    Trina

  22. Cool site mate, liked your bluebottle piece. I’m tossing up whether to do an environmental science degree myself but the lure of travel and bodyboarding seems to be winning at the moment! Next year.

  23. Sunny

    Hi David,
    I’m Sunny, from China. I’m a students in Beijing Institute of Economic Management. I like your article very much. I know your blog from the 21st Century Newspaper. You know, we have a presentation every week, it means that we must find a topic to introduce to our class. Next Friday, my topic is about your blog, I will introduce your blog to our class, they must be like it.
    PS: Would you mind to be friend with me ? And could you leave your E-mail Address for you? My E-mail Address is: jincan0304@163.com
    I look forward your reply.

    Sunny

  24. Greetings David!
    Been enjoying your blogs for a while now – thanks.
    A new ‘crowd-sourced’ science magazine is being launched. Wondered if you wanted to get involved?
    Send us an email if you’re interested – and I’ll fill you in!!

  25. Anonymous

    I like your idea to understand the world in a scientfic-based view …travelling is the best way to understand the world ..why not coming to Africa and have a look to it.

  26. Brigitte Hemke

    Hi David,

    I LOVE your pictures of waves and would love to buy some images if possible.

    I already left a message for you on another blog???? Hope you receive this one!

    Can you please contact me on my e-mail address? Thanks!!

    Brigitte (Holland)

  27. elizabeth Walker

    David As a resident artist of Ulladulla I would love to know the vantage point of your Pigeon House Mountain Photo featuring the ocean in foreground so I can paint on location .Would appreciate your info Elizabeth

    • Hi Elizabeth. It was taken from the end of Pacificana Drive at Sussex Inlet – if you put that into Google Maps it will show you how to get there. The mountain is quite distant from there but it is a gorgeous spot.

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