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Joanne Nova
Joanne Codling

EducationMolecular biology[1]
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia
Spouse(s)David Evans
WebsiteJo Nova
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Joanne Nova, 2009

Joanne Nova is an Australian science writer, blogger, and speaker. Born Joanne Codling, she adopted the stage name "Nova" in 1998 when she was preparing to host a children's television program.[2][3]


Nova received a Bachelor of Science first class[citation needed] and won the FH Faulding and the Swan Brewery prizes at the University of Western Australia. Her major was microbiology, molecular biology. Nova received a Graduate Certificate in Scientific Communication from the Australian National University in 1989,[4] and she did honours research in 1990,[5] investigating DNA markers for use in muscular dystrophy trials.[1]


For three years Nova was an Associate Lecturer of Science Communication at Australian National University.[citation needed]

For four years, Nova jointly co-ordinated[citation needed] the Shell Questacon Science Circus, which operates all over Australia.

From November 1999 to February 2000, Nova was the host of the first series of Australian children's science television show Y?[citation needed]

She was a regular guest on ABC Radio as a science communicator[citation needed]. She is a director of GoldNerds, a gold investment advice business.[6]

Views on global warming[edit]

As a blogger, Nova writes on the science, funding, and politics related to anthropogenic global warming (AGW).[7] Nova had a five-part debate on AGW with Dr Andrew Glikson, first on Quadrant Online,[8] and continuing on her own blog.[9] In 2012, she appeared in the ABC Television documentary I Can Change Your Mind About... Climate with her partner David Evans, in discussion with Nick Minchin and Anna Rose, in which she stated that:

...carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and that adding more to it will warm the planet, yes, absolutely, that's all well proven solid science known for years, yes. I have no disagreement with any of that. Disagreement is with how much warming there is. Is it going to be a catastrophe or is it going to be 0.5 degrees and as far as we can see the evidence the empirical evidence, and there's lots of it, all seems to point to it being around about half a degree to maybe one degree with CO2 doubling which is not the catastrophic projections that are coming out from the climate models.[10]


Nova has published a book called Serious Science Party Tricks, which is aimed at children.

She is the author of a sixteen-page illustrated text called The Skeptics Handbook, which was widely distributed in the US by the Heartland Institute (known primarily for promoting fringe views on climate change and the health harms of smoking).[11][12][13] In 2009, Nova issued a sequel, Global Bullies Want Your Money, and in the same year she wrote a paper for the SPPI entitled Climate Money.[14]

Nova has also written for The Spectator, and has had columns published on the Op-Ed pages of The Australian on journalism, public spending, free markets, and politics.


  1. ^ a b Nova, Joanne. "Who is Joanne?". Joanne Nova. p. 1. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  2. ^ ANU – CPAS – PUBLICATIONS – SCINAPSE vol 7 no. 4, The Occasional Newsletter of the ANU/Questacon Graduate Program in Scientific Communication.
  3. ^ About JoNova
  4. ^ Joanne Nova (Codling)
  5. ^ Research Group
  6. ^ "GoldNerds".
  7. ^ Her blog is described as "skeptical" of climate science. Lombrozo, Tania (10 December 2012). "What Do Aliens, Climate Change And Princess Di Have in Common?". NPR. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Glikson or Nova?". Quadrant Magazine. Quadrant Magazine. 30 April 2010. p. 1. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  9. ^ Nova, Joanne (11 May 2010). "Great Debate Part III & IV – Glikson accidentally vindicates the skeptics!". Joanne Nova. p. 1. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Interview transcript Jo Nova & David Evans" (PDF). I Can Change Your Mind About... Climate. ABC Television. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  11. ^ Powell, James Lawrence (2011). The Inquisition of Climate Science. Columbia University Press. pp. 99–101. ISBN 9780231527842.
  12. ^ Sara Reardon, Climate Change Sparks Battles in Classroom, Science (subscription required), 5 August 2011: 333 (6043), 688–689
  13. ^ Bast, Joe. "Heartland Replies to 'Science'". Somewhat Reasonable. The Heartland Institute. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  14. ^ Nova, Joanne. "Climate Money" (PDF). SPPI Originals. Science and Public Policy Institute. Retrieved 4 August 2012.