Danny's research centres on scholarly communication with a specific interest in open access, research assessment, peer review, authorship and higher education. She is invited to speak and present on the topic around Australia and internationally. She is a committee member of the Australian Academy of Sciences National Committee for Data in Science.
Danny currently works as the Head of Scholarly Communication at the University of Cambridge.
Her previous role was as the Executive Officer of the Australian Open Access Support Group which aims to inform the discussions around open access at a time of great change in this area. She was responsible for developing the content on the AOASG website, including explainers, blogs and general information about the topic. She ran a discussion list and Twitter feed as part of the outreach activities of the group.
She spent four years prior to this as the Manager, Scholarly Communication and ePublishing at the Australian National University. She was responsible for developing policies relating to scholarly communication and open access, and rebuilt the DSpace repository prior to its July 2011 relaunch. She also worked as an Associate Lecturer (part-time) in science communication. She lectured in undergraduate and masters courses and for the Questacon Science Circus Graduate Diploma at CPAS from 2006-2013. Danny is also one of the facilitators for the CPAS science communication workshops. She completed her PhD looking at the barriers to opening up access to science publications in 2008.
Danny has worked as a science communicator for 15 years, including two years with ABC Science Online as a journalist for News in Science, and was also a co-producer of Health Matters. She has worked in TV, radio and print, including a period as researcher for the ABC TV science program FAQ. She has also presented and reported for Talking Science, the Australian Museum Society's radio program. Her publishing work includes a project writing science activities for Japanese children. She has also presented 'Forensic Frenzy' a CSIRO education program in schools. Danny continues to remain active in the Australian media, regularly writing popular articles on open access, and undertaking consulting communication work.