Name: Teresa Belcher
Hails from: The UK. Teresa moved to Perth, Western Australia when she was 11.
Past life: Teresa has a biology and environmental science degree. She started her working life as a microbiologist, and then an environmental consultant. Deciding she much preferred communicating science to actually doing it, she completed a Masters of Science Communication at the Australian National University in the late 1990s. She has since worked in corporate communication, public relations, journalism, web design, new media, event management and training, in Canberra, Switzerland, the UK and Perth.
Favourite science: Environment and natural resources, health and medicine, geology and earth sciences, agriculture and astronomy. But Teresa is happy to write on just about any topic that comes her way.
Loves: Rowing, photography, travel and gardening.
THANKS to virtual reality (VR) technology, the public can experience and explore Beacon Island, the site of the notorious Batavia shipwreck
NO LONGER science fiction, Australia's first fully driverless, electric shuttlebus—the RAC Intellibus™—has begun trials along the South Perth foreshore.
INVESTIGATING the genetics of Down Syndrome has led WA researchers to find a new gene responsible for brain development and intellectual disability.
SCIENTISTS are filling in the gaps about Western Australia's only freshwater aquatic mammal—the rakali, or native water rat, that colonised Australia over three million years.
The newly-launched Virtual Plant Cell is a phone app that allows users to explore and interact with the microscopic inner world of a plant cell.
A NEW species of spider crab has been named, more than 50 years after the first specimen was lodged at the Western Australian Museum.
AS AUSTRALIA'S Olympics team make final preparations for their events over the next two week the badminton team may hold a competitive edge thanks to the use of 3D motion capture analysis which has helped improve their performance.
WEST Aussies with a peanut allergy may soon be able to enjoy peanut butter on their morning toast without fear of a negative reaction thanks to plans by local scientists to develop a non-allergenic ‘super’ peanut.
WE'VE all heard of the KickStarter and GoFundMe sites that raise funds for good causes, but now sourcing both funds and participants for research outcomes is being seriously considered in the research sector.
THE western swamp tortoise (Pseudemydura umbrina) could soon be calling WA's south coast home following extensive modelling to find new sites where populations could thrive.