Female scientists have played a critical role in many scientific discoveries throughout history, but their contributions have often been overlooked.
Ahead of International Women’s Day this Thursday, Macquarie University scientists are celebrating the work of forgotten women of science through history; explaining how their work today is changing the world; and making the case for why women in earth and environmental sciences need to stand together.
- Lesley Hughes researches the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. Now she’s celebrating the work of Beatrix Potter and other pioneering but forgotten women of science, through the exhibition Hidden Figures of STEMM.
- Evolutionary biologist Jemma Geoghegan is using whales and fish to better understand how new viruses emerge.
- Kira Westaway uses glowing grains of sand to travel back in time. Her work has transformed our understanding of human evolution.
- Volcanologist Heather Handley’s research into volcanoes in the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ is improving our understanding of volcanic hazards. She’s also the co-founder and chair of new network Women in Earth and Environmental Sciences Australasia (WOMESSA).
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