Professor Nancy Longnecker has been at the University of Otago since 2014. Before moving to New Zealand, she developed and ran the Science Communication program at the University of Western Australia from 2002. Professor Longnecker has authored or coauthored 80+ peer-reviewed or edited publications. She has supervised 47 student research projects to completion and managed grants worth a total exceeding $4M. Her current research looks at factors that affect people's attitudes towards science-related issues and aims to improve impact of science outreach and engagement.
At UO, Nancy has taught:
At UWA, Nancy developed and taught:
Before becoming a science communication academic, Nancy was an agricultural research scientist, studying in the USA and then doing research in Australia. She became a professional science communicator with a cooperative research centre in Perth. Her transition from agricultural researcher to science communication was propelled in 1999 with the publication of Passion for Pulses, a cookbook which shares recipes using chickpeas, beans and other legumes.