Lloyd Spencer Davis is the Stuart Professor of Science Communication at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. He was instrumental in founding New Zealand’s first tertiary programme devoted to science communication and was its Director for its first 10 years.
His background is that of a scientist, especially with regard to the behaviour and ecology of penguins, which he has been studying for four decades. He still keeps a toe in the penguins’ water with regard to research and also maintains the website PenguinWorld.com.
Lloyd’s research in science communication encompasses several areas, including the communication of science within national parks and the use of iconic features of national parks as vehicles for communicating science; the science of wine as a means of communicating science to the public; the use of online videos to communicate science; the use of mobile filmmaking to enhance engagement with science; and features of website design that enhance science communication. He has an abiding interest in developing a better framework for the emerging discipline as well as involvement in the related field of science diplomacy.
As a populariser of science, Lloyd is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Information about his writing can be found at his website LloydSpencerDavis.com, while that on his filmmaking is available at NaturesVoices.com.
He is currently the Vice President of the international body for science communication, the Public Communication of Science and Technology Network.