Dr Nigel Urwin

Dr Nigel Urwin

Charles Sturt University

Dr Nigel is a Senior Lecturer in Genetics and Microbiology. Originally from England where he started research in the 80’s working on ‘exploding Cadbury Creme eggs, (many people were killed by chocolate shrapnel!), Nigel has over 20 year experience in teaching and research at CSU. He has worked on a variety of plant and animal breeding projects including breeding lavenders for oil production and genetic modification of layer chooks to assist in animal welfare and ethics of egg production. He is currently studying the types and abundance of marine bioluminescent bacteria in the Camden Haven Estuary near Port Macquarie. This local baseline study is aimed at monitoring the effects of pollution and potentially climate change in the future. Nigel is passionate about teaching using the phenomenon of bioluminescence in microbiology and biotechnology to effect a range of learning outcomes in science education for students from primary to tertiary level.