This diagram maps the topic areas and themes of my academic-oriented publications.

Match the numbers on the diagram to the lists of publications below to get a chronological perspective on my intellectual development from activist and biologist to interdisciplinary science communication researcher. The items are numbered chronologically, with the lowest number corresponding to the earliest item and the highest number to the most recent item.



Peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, books and chapters.

A34. Orthia L.A. (2020) Strategies for including communication of non-Western and indigenous knowledges in science communication histories. Journal of Science Communication, 19(02): A02. doi: 10.22323/2.19020202.

A33. Orthia L.A. (2019) How does science fiction television shape fans’ relationships to science? Results from a survey of 575 Doctor Who viewers. Journal of Science Communication, 18(04), A08. doi: 10.22323/2.18040208.

A32. de Kauwe V. & Orthia L.A. (2018) Knowledge, power and the ethics illusion: Explaining diverse viewer interpretations of the politics in classic era Doctor Who. Special issue ‘Politics & Law of Doctor Who’, Journal of Popular Television 6(2): 151-165. doi: 10.1386/jptv.6.2.151_1.

A31. McKinnon M. & Orthia L.A. (2017) Vaccination communication strategies: What have we learned, and lost, in 200 years? Special issue ‘History of science communication’, Journal of Science Communication 16(03): A08. doi: 10.22323/2.16030208.

A30. Orthia L.A. (2016) Democratizing science in the eighteenth century: Resonances between Condorcet’s Sketch (1795) and twenty-first century science communication. Journal of Science Communication 15(04): A04. doi: 10.22323/2.15040204.

A29. Orthia L.A. (2016) What’s wrong with talking about the Scientific Revolution? Lessons from history of science for applied fields of science studies. Minerva, 54(3): 353-373. doi: 10.1007/s11024-016-9299-4.

A28. Orthia L.A. & Morgain R. (2016) The gendered culture of scientific competence: A study of scientist characters in Doctor Who 1963-2013. Sex Roles, 75(3): 79-94. doi: 10.1007/s11199-016-0597-y.

A27. Orthia L.A. (2016) “Laudably communicating to the world”: Science in Sydney’s Public Culture, 1788–1821. Historical Records of Australian Science 27: 1-12. doi: 10.1071/HR15018.

A26. Li R. & Orthia L.A. (2016) Communicating the nature of science through The Big Bang Theory: Evidence from a focus group study. International Journal of Science Education Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 6: 115-136. doi: 10.1080/21548455.2015.1020906.

A25. McKinnon M., Orthia L.A., Grant W.J. & Lamberts R. (2014) Real-world assessment as an integral component of an undergraduate science communication program. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 22: 1-13.

A24. Donkers M. & Orthia L.A. (2016) Popular theatre for science engagement: Audience engagement with human cloning following a production of Caryl Churchill’s A Number. International Journal of Science Education Part B: Communication and Public Engagement 6(1): 23-45. doi: 10.1080/21548455.2014.947349.

A23. Dobos A.R., Orthia L.A. & Lamberts R. (2014) Does a picture tell a thousand words? The uses of digitally produced, multimodal pictures for communicating information about Alzheimer’s disease. Public Understanding of Science 24(6): 712-730. doi: 10.1177/0963662514533623.

A22. Li R. & Orthia L.A. (2013)  Are people inspired by The Big Bang Theory to find out more about science? Results from focus group-based audience research. Proceedings of 4th Annual PopCAANZ Conference, Brisbane, 24-26 June 2013, pp. 248-257.

A21. Shadbolt N., Parker M.A. & Orthia L.A. (2013) Communicating endometriosis with young women to decrease diagnosis time. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 24: 151-154.

A20. Orthia L. (2013) Conclusion. In L. Orthia (ed.) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books, 289-296.

A19. Orthia L. (2013) Introduction. In L. Orthia (ed.) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books, 1-11.

A18. Orthia L. (ed.) (2013) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books.

A17. Orthia L.A. (2013) Savages, science, stagism and the naturalized ascendancy of the Not-We in Doctor Who. In L. Orthia (ed.) Doctor Who and Race. Bristol: Intellect Books, 269-287.

A16. Orthia L.A. (2013) Negotiating public resistance to engagement in science and technology. In J.K. Gilbert & S.M. Stocklmayer (eds.) Communication and Engagement with Science and Technology: Issues and Dilemmas. Oxon: Routledge, 74-90.

A15. Orthia L.A. (2012) Science fiction. In R. Gunstone (ed.) Encyclopedia of Science Education. Springer. eReference version: Print version: forthcoming 2014.

A14. Orthia L.A., Dobos A.R., Guy T., Kan S.Z., Keys S.E., Nekvapil S. & Ngu D.H.Y. (2012) How do people think about the science they encounter in fiction? Science students investigate using The Simpsons. International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement 2: 149-174.

A13. Orthia L.A. (2011) “Paradise is a little too green for me”: Discourses of environmental disaster in Doctor Who 1963-2010. Colloquy (special edition) 21: online.

A12. Orthia L.A. (2011) Antirationalist critique or fifth column of scientism? Challenges from Doctor Who to the mad scientist trope. Public Understanding of Science 20: 525-542.

A11. Orthia L.A. (2010) “Sociopathetic abscess” or “yawning chasm”? The absent postcolonial transition in Doctor Who. Journal of Commonwealth Literature 45: 207-225.

A10. Rifkin W., Longnecker N., Leach J., Davis L. & Orthia L. (2010) Students publishing in new media: eight hypotheses – a house of cards? International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education 18: 43-54.

A9. Rifkin W., Longnecker N., Leach J., Davis L. & Orthia L. (2009) Motivate students by having them publish in new media: an invitation to science lecturers to share and test. Paper presented at the 2009 UniServe Science Conference: ‘Motivating science undergraduates: Ideas and Interventions’, Sydney, October 1-2, 2009.

A8. Wilkins C.F., Orthia L.A. & Crisp M.D. (2009) A new species of Pultenaea from Kundip, Western Australia (Mirbelieae: Fabaceae). Nuytsia 19: 191-196.

A7. Orthia L.A., de Kok R.P.J. & Crisp M.D. (2005) A revision of Pultenaea (Fabaceae: Mirbelieae): 4. Species occurring in Western Australia. Australian Systematic Botany 18: 149-206.

A6. Orthia L.A., Crisp M.D., Cook L.G. & de Kok R.P.J. (2005) Bush peas: a rapid radiation with no support for monophyly of Pultenaea (Fabaceae: Mirbelieae). Australian Systematic Botany 18: 133-147.

A5. Orthia L.A., Cook L.G. & Crisp M.D. (2005) Generic delimitation and phylogenetic uncertainty: an example from a group that has undergone an explosive radiation. Australian Systematic Botany 18: 41-47.

A4. Bickford S.A., Laffan S.W., de Kok R.P.J. & Orthia L.A. (2004) Spatial analysis of taxonomic and genetic patterns and their potential for understanding evolutionary histories. Journal of Biogeography 31: 1715-1733.

A3. Orthia L.A., Garrick R.C. & James E.A. (2003) Genetic comparison between Victorian and Tasmanian populations of Prasophyllum correctum D.L. Jones (Orchidaceae) suggests separate species. Muelleria 18: 79-87.

A2. Garrick R.C., Orthia L.A. & James E.A. (2003) Genetic comparison of populations of the endangered Gorae Leek Orchid, Prasophyllum diversiflorum Nicholls (Orchidaceae). Muelleria 18: 89-97.

A1. Orthia, L. & Brown, H. (1998) Women’s autonomous organising and the law: exemptions from the Equal Opportunity Act. Australian Feminist Law Journal 10: 137-146.

Not peer-reviewed conference papers and presentations, reports, magazine articles, blog posts.

B40. Orthia L.A. & Morgain R. (2017) Tips for effective #scicomm. Slideshare/Wordpress.

B39. Orthia, L.A. (2017) ‘Reclaiming the origin of science for science communication and science studies.’ Paper presented at Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy & Social Studies of Science Biennial Conference, Wollongong, 22-24 November 2017.

B38. Ingles C. & Orthia L.A. (2016) A New Synthesis on the Geology of Middle-earth: Genesis, Orogeny and Tectonics. Canberra: Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, The Australian National University.

B37. Orthia L. (2016, June 2) ‘Public wikis for student assessment and networking’, ANU Science Teaching & Learning Colloquium.

B36. Orthia L. (2016, May 23) The science issues this election are as old as the Australian media. The Conversation.

B35. Morgain R. & Orthia L. (2016, May 19) Ahead of its time: Doctor Who’s 56 inspiring female scientists. The Conversation.

B34. Orthia L. (2015) ‘Science Communication and Popular Fiction.’ Invited presentation to ANU College students, 4 June 2015.

B33. Orthia L. (2015) ‘Do people learn health information from fiction?’ Invited presentation at ‘Behind the Screen’, Medical Health and Wellbeing Learning Community event on health in media, ANU, 22 April 2015.

B32. Shadbolt N.A., Parker M.A. & Orthia L.A. (2014) Communicating endometriosis with young women to decrease diagnosis time. Paper and poster presented at 12th World Congress on Endometriosis, São Paulo, Brazil, 30 April-3 May 2014.

B31. Orthia L. (2013) The Doctors, the Daleks and the Dangerous to Know: Doctor Who‘s Mad Scientists. Invited presentation to Questacon Science Fiction SciNight, 1 November 2013.

B30. Orthia L. (2013) Academic address at official welcome session for new ANU students, July 16 2013.

B29. Coonan E., Orthia L.A., Bloomfield F., Horst J., Pascoe A., Schiffl K. & Axelsen A. (2013) Regular viewing of a television drama series affects responses to science ideologies in it: a focus group-based study of ‘Bones’. Canberra, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.

B28. Orthia L. (2013) A very good googly – race in Four to DoomsdayDoctor Who and Race. URL:

B27. Orthia L. (2013) Presentation on my career choices to the ANU Early Career Academics Program, May 17 2013.

B26. Orthia L. (2013) Doctor Who – science win or science fail? Presentation to the Canberra Skeptics, CSIRO Discovery, May 4 2013.

B25. Orthia L.A. (2012) Presentation on my research to NTEU Bluestocking Week breakfast, August 16 2012.

B24. Orthia L. (2012, 20 June) ‘Bad movie science’ a snooty pleasure. Science By Fiction: Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Science in Film. URL:

B23. Orthia L. (2012) Why did I publish a paper with undergraduate students about science in The Simpsons? Yliopistolainen, the Helsinki University’s staff magazine, section Top 100, May, 8.

B22. Orthia L. (2012) Doctor Who’s mad scientists. People and Science, March, 23.

B21. Orthia L.A. (2012) Ghost Light: Only the mad see clearly. In R. Smith? (ed.) Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic DoctorWho Stories by 160 Writers. Baltimore: ATB Publishing.

B20. Orthia L.A. (2011) Presentation to the ANU Graduate Lounge, ‘Is Academia for Me?’, November 11 2011.

B19. Lott, B. (facilitator) (2011) Do these genes make my butt look fat?: Science in Popular Culture. Round table discussion at PopCAANZ 2nd Annual International Conference, Auckland, June 29-July 1 2011.

B18. Orthia L.A. (2011) Cross-dressing blokes can’t reason; man-hating chicks can’t weld: The gender politics of incompetent scientist characters in Doctor Who. PopCAANZ 2nd Annual International Conference, Auckland, June 29-July 1 2011.

B17. Orthia L.A. (2011) Presentation to the ANU Graduate Lounge, ‘Tips and Advice from Early Career PhD Graduates’, April 6 2011.

B16. Orthia L.A. (2010) Presentation to the ANU Resilience of Women Research Students (RoWRS) program, October 26 2010.

B15. Orthia L.A. (2010) The ginger temp’s deficient brain: Doctor Who and public engagement with science. Presented at Aussiecon4: 68th World Science Fiction Convention, Melbourne, September 2-6 2010.

B14. Orthia L.A. (2010) “Paradise is a little too green for me”: Discourses of environmental disaster in Doctor Who, 1963-present. Presented at ‘Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe’, Monash University, Melbourne, August 30-September 1 2010.

B13. Ortha L.A. (2010) ‘Gender, Science and Doctor Who.’ Guest lecture for First Year Gender Studies course at ANU, GEND1001 Sex Gender and Identity, March 17 2010.

B12. Orthia L. (2010, 27 January) Queer scientists in television science fiction. Diffusion: Science Communication Theory and Practice. URL:

B11. Orthia L.A. (2006) Boundedness, relationality and evolution in biological systems. Paper presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science and Art: ‘Evolution: Biological, Cultural, and Cosmic’, New York, November 9-12, 2006.

B10. Orthia L.A. (2009) ‘Inspiring teaching – inspiring teachers to teach.’ Presentation to the ANU Festival of Teaching, June 11 2009.

B9. Caulfield L., Coffey B., La Nauze J., Narayan I., Orthia L. & Whitehead A. (2006) Submission to the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council River Red Gum Investigation Draft Proposals Paper. Melbourne, Friends of the Earth Barmah-Millewa Collective.

B8. Orthia L.A. (2004) ‘Systematics of Pultenaea.’ Presentation to the Australian Systematic Botany Society, ACT Branch, Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, My 2004.

B7. Orthia L.A., Crisp M.D. & Cook L.G. (2003) Mangled little boxes: squeezing the Mirbelia group (Fabaceae: Mirbelieae) into a stable genus level classification. Paper presented at the 150 Years Conference: Celebrating 150 years of plant research in Australia, Melbourne, September 29-October 3 2003.

B6. Orthia L., LoCascio A., Neville A. & Neville H. (2003) Grazing and Fire Hazard: A submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Bushfire Disaster. Melbourne, Friends of the Earth Barmah-Millewa Collective.

B5. James E.A., Orthia L. & Garrick R. (2002) Comparing Victorian and Tasmanian Prasophyllum correctum. Are they the same species? Paper presented at the Mutual Gains Symposium, Melbourne, October 16-18 2002.

B4. Orthia L.A. (2002) Evidence from the scientific literature supporting the environmental component of the Yorta Yorta Management Plan for the Barmah-Millewa forest ecosystem. Melbourne, Friends of the Earth Barmah-Millewa Collective.

B3. Narayan I., Orthia L. & Barker P. (2002) Barmah-Millewa National Park: Proposal and Briefing Document. Melbourne, Friends of the Earth Barmah-Millewa Collective.

B2. de Kok R.P.J., Orthia L.A. & West J.G. (2001) An investigation into the phylogeny of the Australian endemic genus Pultenaea Sm. (Fabaceae). Paper presented at Legumes Down Under: the Fourth International Legume Conference, Canberra, July 2-6 2001.

B1. Orthia L. (1998) The Stop Violence Handbook. Melbourne, La Trobe University Students’ Representative Council.