Dr. Gregory Crocetti
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"We've just finished our Small Friends Books series about microbial symbiosis. To learn more, visit: https://www.smallfriendsbooks.com/"
Feb 24, 2020

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I’m passionate about microbes. And I reckon we should stop waging war against the poor little fellas, because, without them, we wouldn’t exist.

I studied and then worked for over a decade as a microbial ecologist at the University of Queensland (under the supervision of Linda Blackall), the University of New South Wales (in Staffan Kjelleberg’s group) and all-too-briefly with the awesome Agrigas team at the University of Lund in Sweden. It is in these places I learnt how to look for, identify and better understand microorganisms – particularly Bacteria – from a range of environments, including: intestines, stromatolites, seaweed, and craploads of sewage.

Since 2007, I have worked in collaboration with artists Briony Barr and Jacqueline Smith in the art-science collective, Scale Free Network (www.scalefreenetwork.com.au). Together, we have combined aspects of art (primarily drawing) and science (particularly microscopes and microscopic imagery) to observe the hidden worlds around us. Within this collective, we’ve created solo exhibitions, installations and workshops, and also collaborated with other artists, including Natalie Jeremijenko, Slow Art Collective, TAPE Projects.

In 2007, I also made the decision to focus on sharing my passion for microbes with a larger audience, starting with younger minds. Moving to Melbourne, I started first at Box Hill Institute (TAFE) and then worked at CSIRO Education until 2011. During this time I also took the plunge and went back to university to study teaching. Now, armed with some experience in science, art and teaching, I’m trying to curate a series of stories about microbial symbioses called Small Friends Books.
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Stories of Symbiosis

Scale Free Network has just published the art-science storybook 'The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon'.

This is the first story to emerge from the Microbial Symbiosis Storytelling Project.

As the name suggests, the project will tell stories about microorganisms (like bacteria, fungi and viruses) and the amazing intimate relationships they form with each other, and larger forms of life.

Our intention is to inspire children and adults to love our under-appreciated small…


Posted on January 30, 2014 at 11:19pm

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