As a teacher and guide,

I want to help scientists communicate more effectively and efficiently with a variety of audiences. I have 20 years' experience as a field and laboratory scientist in the study of animal ecology, physiology, and behaviour, and have published more than 26 papers in 18 different scholarly journals across diverse fields. For three years, I was the coordinator of the 3 minute thesis program at UQ's School of Biological Sciences, where I mentored participants in the competition. I am also an award winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, and use my creative work to inspire new ways of thinking about -- and improving -- science communication.   

I believe that scientists must be responsible for and thoughtful about the way our communication enters the world and, using a few simple strategies, we can better connect with audiences and more deeply appreciate our own work.

In my half-day workshop "The Story in Science," I show participants how to use narrative structure to improve engagement with their audiences, whether in person or on paper. I have run this workshop with early-career researchers at the annual conferences of the Australian Mammal Society (2018) and Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (2018). 

I am available for work with science students or scientists at any level of training.

I am personable and professional, and my rates are nationally competitive. 

For quotes or references, please contact me at amandacniehaus@gmail.com.