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I am thrilled that the latest project I have been working on with a number of other consultants has now been published.

True Tales of the Trout Cod has absorbed the last 9 months of my life and has been probably the most enjoyable project I have worked on in a very long time.  Will Trueman (author) has written the most amazing book.  He has spent a considerable part of his life studying the Trout Cod in the Murray-Darling Basin. He compiled the science, photographic evidence with the oral histories to match, and newspaper articles from the National Library of Australia’s Trove database to show us what native fish existed and no longer exist in the lower Murray-Darling Basin.

This is the best example of science communicated through story that I have seen.  It has been a great privilege to work with Will Trueman (the amazing author), Siwan Lovett (Director of the Australian River Restoration Centre), Richard Snashall (our brilliant film maker), Vikki Bell (our wonderful editor and indexer), Allison Mortlock (our graphic designer), Melissa Gabelle (our wonderful web designer) and Heleena Bamford (our fantastic MDBA project manager).

I have to admit to being a bit biased as my favourite part of the project was Will telling us about the importance of the National Library’s Trove database. The video link for this can be found here.  Although the story of how the Campaspe got it’s name is the most memorable – I cannot see the name Campaspe without thinking of his story. You will have to read the chapter to find out why !!

I hope you can take the time to explore the new web site and learn so much about the native fish of the Murray-Darling Basin – I feel I have learnt so much from Will and now see our river system with fresh eyes and find I am keen to see our rivers and streams restored and preserved.

Nerida

I am starting to get quite excited as I am off to the Origins Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore and have also been asked to present.  I had already planned to attend as the topic is dear to my heart.  However, the invitation to present is even more exciting.

My current work with the Australian River Restoration Centre and previous work with both Land & Water Australia and Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs allowed me to explore the concept of business narrative for evaluation as well as using narrative techniques to drill down into what was really happening in organisations.  I cannot imagine not using narrative on a regular basis in my work in the future.

Some of the best sites I have found in the last few weeks include Telling Science Stories on the American Geophysical Union web site and this in turn led me to the work of Randy Olson.  Randy is a marine scientist turned film maker and his short films and documentaries are just brilliant when it comes to using story to get across the message about science and the environment. His blog site the Benshi is not just entertaining but really gets some important environmental messages across.  My favourite is number 63 – a mockumentary about the life of a plastic bag.

When I return from the Origins Asia Pacific conference I will update this entry – I am sure I will have masses to talk about on my return.