Getting Off Track with Radio National


I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Joel Werner (pictured above) from Radio National’s Off Track program a couple of times over the past 12 months. Not surprisingly, it was about mozzies!

The first show was broadcast back in May 2012 and concentrated mostly on our work in the laboratory and some of the background to our field-based research into the development of strategies to reduce the risks of mosquito-borne disease in coastal Australia. Joel did a great job recording our interview in the noisy surrounds of our insectary at Westmead Hospital!

The second show was broadcast in March 2013. It was recorded out in the field. Joel and I took a stroll through the saltmarsh at Sydney Olympic Park and chatted about the various techniques of mosquito sampling. While Joel was able to get his feet wet out in the wetlands, I think he got off quite lightly when it comes to mozzies. I don’t think he got a single bite!


I was really happy with how both radio shows came together. They provide a really nice and informative overview of the work I do, combining some of the laboratory and field components of my day-to-day work. You can download each of the programs by following the links above.

Off Track is broadcast Saturday 1:30pm (Repeated: Sunday 6:30am) on Radio National (ABC). You can follow Joel on Twitter too for some insight into how the show is put together.