Welcome to my web page – my name is Scot McPhie – and on this blog I’ll be posting about various projects that I’m involved in, or have been in the past.
I’ve got a pretty interesting background I guess – mainly arts and sciences – I used to question it all – but now I don’t, I just do it!
Over the years I’ve written and directed plays and feature films, and written and published poetry and novels. I write, record and perform sketch comedy with Matt Bell in The Smooth End of the Pineapple.
Ever since I was little I’ve loved birds and wanted to be an Ornithologist till I was about 16. I’m coming back to that now and am currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Ornithology. I also hold a Degree in Anthropology, with a minor in Ecology and the Environment, Climate and Sustainability; as well as a Diploma of Creative Arts in Theatre. I hope to do a Masters and PhD in Ornithology, specialising in parrot evolution and conservation. I’d love to work in the Pacific on parrot conservation, on projects that involve indigenous people. At the moment I’m working as a Laboratory Technician, and working towards that goal. I’m currently the Darling Downs Branch Convenor for Birdlife Australia, and sit on the committee of Birdlife Southern Queensland.
I enjoy cycle touring, and also play guitar, and am recording an album at the moment.
I’m also currently writing a science book that addresses the world’s problems through a combination of Anthropology and Ecology. I hope to have the first draft finished by the end of 2020.
Here’s a few favourites – movies: Splash, Bladerunner and Dr Zhivago. Sports: cricket and rugby. TV shows: The X-Files and Twin Peaks. Musical acts: The B-52’s, The Church and Belinda Carlisle.
I’ve tried various social media platforms over the years, but have ended up quitting them (sometimes only to rejoin and quit again!) because I just don’t like being constantly connected — I find it very stultifying. It’s nice to be in touch with people, but just not in that way for me unfortunately. Hopefully this blog will go a little bit of the way to filling that gap.
So that’s about it – a pretty varied background – and like everyone I’ve had my ups and downs, but I feel quite settled in my direction now.
When I look back on it all though the one thing I’m most proud of in my life is my children, and my relationship with them and my wife.
So I hope you enjoy my blog – and here’s a few other links:
All the best,