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About The Course Instructor, Dr Marina Hurley

Originally an ecologist and entomologist,  I received my PhD in  Zoology (Insect-plant interactions) in 1997 and then worked as an academic and researcher. I found that I loved giving students feedback on their writing and switched to teaching writing full-time in 2004. Since then, I have developed a unique approach to teaching science writing that I deliver through my Writing Clear Science workshops and online courses. I teach scientists, students and science professionals from all walks of scientific life and all science disciplines.

I always look forward to seeing what current projects my students are working on and find it immensely rewarding to see how my teaching has helped so many people. In this current online course How to be an Efficient Writer, I show you how to rapidly develop a content-rich first draft document and how to develop efficient writing behaviours.

You can read more about my background  au.linkedin.com/in/marinahurley/

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Marina Hurley

Marina's Teaching Background

Marina has an exceptionally clear understanding of the link between clear thinking and clear writing and has developed her unique approach of teaching science writing into the Writing Clear Science Writing Workshops. Marina’s article “What’s Your Problem? – A practical approach to document design” (Writing Matters 2012), is based upon a popular workshop exercise that she developed in 2005. Since then Marina has run over 150 writing workshops. Marina also lectured Entomology at the School of Agricultural Science (University of Tasmania)  from 1997-2000

Marina is a member of Australian Science Communicators, the Australian Ecological Society and the Australian Medical Writers Association.    au.linkedin.com/in/marinahurley/

Marina's Research Background

Marina Hurley has a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Zoology from James Cook University and has twenty years experience working in a diverse range of scientific fields including Entomology, Ecology, Botany, Zoology, Archaeology, Freshwater Ecology, Rainforest Ecology, Forestry and Farm Forestry.

Marina is well-known for her research on stinging trees. In 1989, Marina’s passion for the rainforest lead her to bury herself in the undergrowth of the rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands (North Queensland) for three years, where she completed her fieldwork for her PhD on Stinging Trees (Dendrocnide). (You can read more about Marina's stinging trees from her Conversation and Ecos articles ).


Read Dr Marina Hurley's latest blog posts...


"I completed ‘How to be an efficient writer’ in the first year of my PhD. Prior to the course, I ticked every box for inefficiency and felt I needed help. I credit Marina for teaching me, step by step, the skill of producing a scientific document in a time frame expected at a professional level. I am so grateful for the knowledge I gained and have continued to use for every writing project since."

Clancy Hall

"The How to be an Efficient Writer course has given me the tips I needed to get over that initial hurdle to just start writing. I now use things I learnt in the course almost everyday and I feel less dread when it comes to writing. Highly recommended."

Roxanne Francis

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