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SCIENCE SERIES – Dr Simon Pollard. Bringing Bugs to Life
12 June at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Simon is Adjunct Professor of Science Communication at the University of Canterbury. He is also a spider Biologist and award winning writer and photographer. Simon has travelled widely unravelling the lives of spiders, as a scientist, writer, photographer and documentary advisor. In 2016 he was the external science advisor to Te Papa and Weta Workshop on a $5 million exhibition on bugs. Simon wrote a book, The Genius of Bugs, to complement the exhibition and it was a finalist in the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. He has been an advisor on a number of natural history documentaries, including three of the BBC Attenborough series. One of these, Planet Earth, filmed a sequence on his research on fishing spiders in Borneo. Currently, he is writing a book, commissioned by Te Papa Press, on New Zealand natural history for younger readers. Simon will talk about how spiders have ruled his life and share some of his favourite natural history stories, including one about a wasp that does brain surgery on a cockroach and turns it into a zombie!