Dr Pauline Harris
Dr Pauline Harris is a lecturer in the Faculty of Science at Victoria University of Wellington, where she lectures in the Science and Society programme on science communication, science in everyday life and the importance of energy in society.
She has a PhD in astrophysics from Canterbury University, where she investigated gamma ray bursts as possible sites for high energy neutrino production. Dr Harris has since been the Chairperson of the Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART), where she applied her physics expertise to the collation and the revitalization of Māori astronomical star lore.
As a Principal Investigator on the Marsden funded project “Ngā Takahuringā ō te ao: The effect of climate change on traditional Māori calendars”, Dr Harris has significant experience and expertise in how to build bridges between Mātauranga Māori and currently topical areas of scientific research.