About

Terry Mulhern is an award winning writer and Biomedical Science Educator, who works at the University of Melbourne.

As a scientist, Terry has published more than 50 research papers in peer-reviewed  international journals. But since 2017, he has also written about other things in other places.

Terry was a finalist in the 2018/19 Van Diemen History Prize. His essay ‘St Valentine’s Tears’ was ‘Highly Commended’  and appears in The Van Diemen History Prize Anthology 2019 (Forty South Publishing).

His other writing has been published in Tasmania 40ºSouth Magazine, The Conversation, Science Write Now, Pursuit, Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania and Australian Biochemist Magazine.

Terry’s obsession is lutaralipina – Tasmania’s giant freshwater crayfish, Astacopsis gouldi. He has published research on the misconceptions surrounding its Aboriginal and scientific names, several magazine articles on it and he helped the Bob Brown Foundation build ‘Asta’ the GIANT giant crayfish puppet.

While Terry has lived in Melbourne for more than 20 years, like a swift parrot (Lathamus discolor) he migrates across Bass Strait to Tasmania every summer.