• Elizabeth Newton

    Elizabeth is a current research student investigating how bird feathers reflect light beyond ultraviolet and visible wavelengths into the invisible near-infrared region. Whether this reflectance has a role in a bird's heat-gain is yet to be uncovered. Elizabeth is interested in questions of perception and animal communication, and loves nothing more than going out into the bush to watch birds and find every insect and spider she can. Counted among her most trusty and favoured tools (aside from her binoculars) are her brushes, pencils and paint through which she explores the interface of science and art.

  1. Manakin mania: the birds that dance with style

    Have you ever heard of dancing manakins? No, not dancing mannequins. Manakins are small birds found in the forests of South America. They’re special because many …


  2. Ants: Australia’s gift to us

    If you asked a person to think of Australian wildlife, the animals that are likely to come to mind are marsupials like koalas and kangaroos. If …


  3. Specimen collecting: is it justified?

    In 2015, almost exactly a year ago, a researcher took the first ever photograph of a poorly-known species of bird, a male Moustached Kingfisher found in …


  4. Welcome to the machine

    I was standing at the window, looking out into the garden at my parent’s house. The late morning sun pooled into the room as I thought …