Australian Science Superheroes – Cameron Webb
During National Science Week in August 2016, Australia’s Chief Scientist launched the #5ScientistPledge to recognise Australian Scientists. Now, we’re shining a light on some of these Australian science superheroes with a new tag –#AusScienceHeroes.
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Dr Cameron Webb
Principal Hospital Scientist &
NSW Health Pathology and
University of Sydney, NSW
1) What is your science superpower?
My science superpower is catching mosquitoes. They’re annoying and often dangerous, but I find myself fascinated by them! Understanding how populations of mosquitoes respond to changes in the environment and climate variability is critical to better protecting Australians from mosquito-borne disease (such as Ross River virus).
2) Any amusing moments?
Mosquitoes don’t take summer holidays. They don’t take weekends off either. During my early years of mosquito research I’d often fall for the trap of leaving mosquito wrigglers (larvae) uncovered over the weekend, only to arrive on Monday morning to be met by a swarm of newly emerged mosquitoes!
3) What drew you to science in the first place?
A fascination with nature and the interaction between climate, environment and wildlife. Studying mosquitoes lets me explore my interests in ecology but, at the same time, work to improve the public health.
4) When you’re not wearing your science superhero cape, what do you get up to?
Exploring new music, trying to keep up with favourite podcasts and enjoying the rollercoaster of emotions following the Cronulla Sharks in the NRL!