Mr Ian Alexander Bartholomew Randall

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy

Research | Current

Thesis title: Reporting palaeontology: its relationship with, and representation in, print news media.

As a science writer with an earth sciences background, I am specifically interested both in the way that geological topics are covered in the news, as well as in the nature of the related interactions between media professionals and the scientists working in this field.

My research aims at generating a broader understanding of the relationship between palaeontology and popular print news media. Based between MFT and the School of Environment, I am undertaking this task through analysis of palaeontology-related news copy and by conducting interviews with the various parties involved in the connection between science and the news media.


Research publications:

Randall, I., Abel S.M., & Campbell, K.A. (2014). Palaeontology in the Press: Dinomania, Discoveries and the “Gee Whiz!” Frame. In: Holt, K. A. (ed.). Abstract Volume, GeoSciences 2014 Conference, 24th – 27th November 2014, Pukekura Raceway and Function Centre, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Geoscience Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication 139A. p. 85.

Randall, I., Abel, S.M. and Campbell, K.A., 2015, All the Palaeontology That's Fit to Print: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 47, no. 7, p. 748.

Teaching | Current

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Tutor

Semester 2, 2017:

  • COMMS 104 (Advertising and Society)


  • EARTHSCI 202 (Evolution of Earth and Life)
  • EARTHSCI 205 (New Zealand: Half a Billion Years on the Edge)
  • EARTHSCI 303 (Sedimentary Paleoenvironments)
  • FTVMS 224/319 (Science Fiction Media)
  • FTVMS 225 (Journalism Studies)
  • FTVMS 228/318 (Journalism in Practice)
  • FTVMS 230 (Online Media and Democracy)

Guest Lecturer


  • EARTHSCI 103 (Dynamic Earth: "Life on Other Planets", "Phanerozoic Diversity Patterns, Evolution & Extinction")
  • EARTHSCI 303 (Sedimentary Paleoenvironments: "Intro.", "Molluscs", "Trace Fossils", "Bryozoans", "Arthropods")
  • FTVMS 225 (Journalism Studies: "Intro. to Journalism Practice")


PhD Representative in Media and Communication

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