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Dr Penelope Jones

Lecturer and Research Fellow - Menzies Institute for Medical Research

"I am incredibly passionate about music, and I love combining science and music together. We don’t just have to communicate our data through papers, we can express it in multiple ways."

Penny has a PhD in archaeology - but has somehow ended up working in environmental health! Her research career began using pollen from lake sediments to reconstruct environmental history in deep time, before she took a break from research to work in environmental policy. She then undertook a PhD in archaeological science at the University of Cambridge, before returning to her home town of Hobart to put her pollen skills to use for the AirRater project at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research. In her current role, she is investigating Tasmania’s aerobiological landscape and new ways of understanding how different pollen types impact public health. She is also a passionate science communicator, and recently developed the unit ‘Living with Fire’.