Lloyd Spencer DavisStuart Professor of Science Communication
Director, The Centre for Science Communication
Contact phone 64 3 4797654
Lloyd is an internationally recognized scientist, as well as an award-winning author and filmmaker. After gaining a 1st Class BSc(Hons) degree from Victoria University of Wellington, he was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study for his PhD at the University of Alberta in Canada. Currently the inaugural Stuart Professor of Science Communication at the University of Otago, he has authored over 125 scientific publications on the behaviour and ecology of birds and mammals. He is regarded as a world authority on penguins and academic honours bestowed upon him have included a Fulbright Fellowship, an Anzac Fellowship and a Prince and Princess of Wales Science Award.
However, he is also an award-winning writer, photographer and filmmaker. His book Penguin: a season in the life of the Adelie penguin
, which is a story of penguins and Antarctica as seen through the eyes of a penguin, won the PEN Best First Book Award for Nonfiction in 1994. The Plight of the Penguin
won the NZ Post New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award in 2002 - the first time in the history of the awards that nonfiction had been awarded the overall prize.
He was a recent recipient of a CLL Writer's Award - New Zealand's premier award for the support of nonfiction - to assist him with the production of Looking for Darwin
, a book that seeks to discover the truth about God and Evolution. You can read about it at www.lookingfordarwin.com
. Looking for Darwin was published in 2007 and subsequently won the Runner-Up Award in the Whitcoulls Travcom Travel Book of the Year Award for 2008. Also launched in 2007 was his book Smithsonian Q & A Penguins: the ultimate question & answer book
- a compendium of information and fun for the whole family that was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution.The Business of Factual Filmmaking
, by Claudia Babirat and Lloyd, is a guide to setting up a business as a factual filmmaker in New Zealand. It was published in February 2008 at an event to celebrate the opening of the Centre for Science Communication. In 2009, he had published Penguins of New Zealand
, with photographs by Rod Morris. Currently Lloyd is working on a new book about the life of a field biologist studying - you guessed it - penguins. He is also writing one about monkeys.
Lloyd made his first film in 1985, with the then precursor to NHNZ, as Director and Scriptwriter for Eating like a Gannet
. He was Producer/Director and Senior Scriptwriter for Under Galapagos
, a documentary about what Darwin might have seen in the Galapagos had he had an aqualung and whether it would have altered his view of evolution. He was also Director and Senior Scriptwriter for Meet the Real Penguins
, a film that has won 12 major international awards.
More recently, Lloyd was working as co-producer with Wiebke Finkler on a documentary about dancer Shona Dunlop MacTavish. Called Wind Dancer
, the film premiered at the Regent Theatre on 28 February 2009. His next film projects are a documentary about the Ross Sea region of Antarctica, and one on Ansel Adams.