Associate Professor Rebecca Priestley, from the Centre for Science in Society at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, is an academic, science historian and writer with degrees in earth sciences, the history and philosophy of science, and creative writing. Her recent academic and creative work has a focus on climate change, sea level rise, Antarctica and COVID-19 communications.
Rebecca co-leads the Science, Statistics and the Media project with Richard Arnold and contributes to Human activity in the McMurdo Dry Valleys: Rescue, knowledge, and understanding our role as a vector of change.
Rebecca was recipient of the Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize 2016, and a member of the Melting Ice, Rising Seas team who won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize 2019. Her most recent book is Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica (VUP, 2019).