With a four-year forestry degree under her belt from the Australian National University (ANU), Suzette worked for 17 years as a CSIRO scientist specialising in the genetic variation and utilisation of the larger Australian wattles (acacia species) for forestry and farm forestry purposes.
During that time she travelled throughout Australia, China and Vietnam collecting data or samples of seed, bark and nitrogen-fixing root bacteria from Australia's acacias and trialling Australian acacias in growth trials.
In her 40th year she returned to ANU to study at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) for a Masters degree in science communication. Her sub-thesis was titled, 'Why study forestry?' During the seven years that followed Suzette worked as a science communicator in the roles of consultant, advisor and officer for Australian government departments and science research agencies.
Suzette returned to CPAS in 2005 as a PhD candidate with her lens focussed on Australia's scientists and their communication with the general public. She submitted her thesis in 2011, graduated in July 2012 and is now working as a research fellow at CPAS ANU and specialising in surveys about science, the public and science-related issues.
Australian wattles and their social and industrial history.
Antiques and collectables from the art nouveau period (1895-1915).