Author: Leonardo Guida (Leonardo Guida)

Tackling the myths and misunderstandings of shark attacks
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Tackling the myths and misunderstandings of shark attacks

I’ll never forget the summer of 2014. The scent of salt in the air, the sun slowly setting over the bay, and around me the steady burbling of seawater flowing into the tanks. Circling inside the largest tank were 10 timid gummy sharks (Mustelus antarcticus), who would often recognise my hand in the water not...

Helping students imagine possibilities and see connections
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Helping students imagine possibilities and see connections

What happens when two mates from high school who haven’t seen or spoken (let alone emailed) to each other decide to catch up for a coffee after 14 years? They try and change the world, together. (I’m only half joking!) Although the years had passed, Dan and I caught up for coffee at Collingwood Children’s...

One drop to kill them all
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One drop to kill them all

Okay, so let’s check that I’ve set this up right. The grass is in, I’ve got a little dirt mound in the corner for burrowing, some old leaves and twigs for shelter, a few rocks for an outcrop of sorts and the Coke bottle lid is filled with water so that they can drink. All...

Life on the line
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Life on the line

Think of 450 million years as a 24-hour clock. Before you finish this article, 166 seconds, or just under 3 minutes,  of those 24 hours has passed. That’s how long – actually, how fast – it’s taken for an estimated one quarter of all elasmobranch (sharks and rays) species to be threatened with extinction. Since...

A letter to the postgraduate
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A letter to the postgraduate

Dearest friend and colleague, Congratulations on embarking on what will truly be one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences of your life. But before you start, allow me to pass on some words of advice that may assist you on your journey. In Shakespeare’s Henry V, a famous line reads, ‘Once more unto the...