About Joel

I live a wonderfully diverse life, and wear a lot of different hats!

Energy expert

I’m passionate about providing critical analysis that helps industry and governments transition our energy sector to a low emissions future.

I’m currently with for the Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply as an energy specialist investigating a 50% renewable energy target for Queensland. I’m also investigating a range of public policy issues through economic analysis and data analytics.

I’ve also been involved in a diverse range of projects across Australia and internationally, with a particular interest in market and policy design for the integration of renewables.

 

Science communicator

I’m a skilled science communicator, with an honorary position at the University of Queensland. I give public lectures on a range of topics – my specialty is food science and novel cooking methods, but I’ve previously spoken on quantum mechanics, astronomy and climate change. I am one of the organisers of BrisScience, a series of free public lectures on cutting edge science held in Brisbane. I’ve also presented in countries around the world, including Kenya, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Antarctica (albeit only to penguins).

 

MC and performer

In addition to my science communication, I often MC, chair or host other events. In the past, this has included chairing panel discussions for the Brisbane Writers Festival, acting as an advisor and chair for the Brisbane IDEAS Festival, compering the Seniors Helpline Jazz and Swing Night and, of course, weddings and birthday parties.

My extensive speaking experience is backed up by a history of acting, improvisational theatre, stand-up comedy and working as a magician. For special events, I also include magic, custom comedy songs or parodies, and circus based performances.

 

Scientist

I have a PhD in physics from the University of Queensland where I worked on developing models for biological systems such as vision in the eye and photosynthesis in plants. My project worked towards developing models of biomolecules that could reveal fundamental principles of biophysics, an approach that has been very successful in other areas of condensed matter physics.

In 2014, I took a partial sabbatical from my day job to do research at the University of New South Wales into renewable energy and energy markets.