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Simon Pollard

Dr Simon Pollard is a spider biologist and award winning natural history photographer and writer. He has written for a variety of natural history magazines and has been a regular contributor to New York-based Natural History magazine for almost 20 years. His photographs have been used in numerous publications and exhibitions. He has written and illustrated a number of children’s books in New Zealand and the United States and has twice won the LIANZA Elsie Locke non-fiction book of the year.
Simon has also been an advisor, scriptwriter and presenter on a number of natural history documentaries, including the BBC’s Planet Earth. In 2007 he was awarded the New Zealand Association of Scientists’ Science Communicator of the Year Award. He was Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at Canterbury Museum for almost 16 years and until 2009 was adjunct associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury. In 2009 the College of Science at the University of Canterbury made him Adjunct Professor of Science Communication. Since 2010 he has been a science commentator on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon slot with Kathryn Ryan.
Selected bibliography:
  • I am a Spider (Reed 2001).
  • I am an Insect (Reed 2003).
  • Dear Allison: A New Zealand Soldier's Story from Stalag 383 by Dudley Muff, edited by Simon Pollard (Penguin 2009).
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2002 Non-fiction Finalist for I Am a Spider.
  • LIANZA Elsie Locke Award 2002 Winner for I Am a Spider.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2004 Non-fiction Finalist for I Am an Insect.
  • LIANZA Elsie Locke Award 2004 Finalist for I Am an Insect.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2010 Non-fiction Finalist for Dear Allison.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2010 Children's Choice Non-fiction Winner for Dear Allison.
  • LIANZA Elsie Locke Award 2010 Winner for Dear Allison.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2010 Non-Fiction List for Dear Allison.


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