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Contact-new.svg M Fabiana Kubke
Website:University Staff Page
Blog:Building Blogs of Science;
Talking Teaching;
Citizen Science New Zealand
Employer:University of Auckland
Occupation:Scientist, Tertiary teacher (Biology)
Languages:Spanish, English
Country:New Zealand
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My profile

I am a research scientist and university biology teacher at the University of Auckland. I have a passion for science and education. Luckily I can do both.

Some activities I am involved in:

  1. Research and Teaching at the University of Auckland
  2. Academic Editor for PLoS ONE (Public Library of Science) and PeerJ
  3. Volunteer hacker for the Manaiakalani project
  4. Tester with olpc New Zealand
  5. Chair Advisory Panel for Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand
  6. Science Blogger
  7. New Zealand Open Source Awards Judge

Professional background

I graduated as a biologists at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, after which I did my Masters and PhD at the University of Connecticut. After 7 years working as a post-doc at the University of Maryland I relocated to Auckland New Zealand to join the University of Auckland where I have been ever since.

My research is on the evolution of the brain, but I teach in different areas of biology. I started teaching soon after finishing secondary school, first as a kindergarten teacher, then as a substitute teacher in primary school and as a tutor for secondary school pupils. While I was a post-graduate student at the University of Connecticut, I started teaching at the University level, first as a Teaching Assistant (a.k.a. demonstrator) and then as a lecturer. I continued lecturing at the University of Maryland and the University of Auckland.


1994: PhD, Department of Physiology and Neuroscience, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT USA

1993: MSc, Department of Physiology and Neuroscience, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT USA

1988: Licenciada en Ciencias Biologicas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires AR

My interests


I love science and I hope that I can transmit that to the students that come to my classrooms as well as those who choose to do research under my supervision. I try to encourage critical thinking, independence and self sufficiency in the attempt to help students navigate their transition into their professional lives. I am trying to increase collaboration between different sectors of the education communities. While Universities are traditionally seen as institutions in where degrees are granted, they are also an integral part of society and I try to foster the relationship between the institution and the local communities.


If I wasn't hired to do science and to teach, I would probably do it as a hobby. It is my passion, and I cannot imagine not doing it. When not doing my 'paid' work I try to find places where I can share that which I learn behind the University walls. I blog at Building Blogs of Science which also shows up in and in Talking Teaching, I am one of the co-founders of the Citizen Science New Zealand project, and I am a volunteer in the olpc project. If I had a larger living space I would build two rooms: a wood workshop and an art studio.

You can find me in LinkedIn, @kubke on twitter, OpenWetWare and on FriendFeed.


Building Blogs of Science latest posts

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Talking Teaching latest posts

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My wiki projects

My optional community service (learning contract) project

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By signing this optional learning contract I will try to complete my training in basic wiki editing skills to achieve the status of a Wikibuddy. In return for this free training opportunity, I will give the gift of knowledge by donating or developing at least one free content resource licensed under a CC-BY-SA or CC-BY license which can be used by myself (and others) on WikiEducator.
Brief description of project
Lab Excercise: Passive properties of neurons
Target date for completion
November 2010.
--MFK 08:07, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

My Sandbox

My sandbox

Feedback and notes from my WikiNeighbours

  • Welcome to WikiEducator, Fabiana. You have definitely made the right choice to take advantage of this wonderful learning opportunity. Feel free to ask any questions, which you can post on the main workshop page under Wiki discussions or email email me. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 16:07, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Hi Patricia, Thank you for the welcome!! -MFK
  • Hi Daniel, it is nice to be <finally> chiming. I love your idea of the collaborative editing. Perhaps You, Claudia and I could start something together? -MFK
Sounds good. Thanks for getting us started. I will ping her. --Daniel Mietchen 11:20, 26 July 2010 (UTC) -- got it, thanks, Daniel, will sure join in :-) C.Koltzenburg

(Comment.gif: Hello Fabiana... This is Cynthia from India. Great to be connected through Wikieducator.Looking forward to your contribution. A good way is to look at the edit sections of other user pages and then copy their codes.Anyway everyone on Wikieducator is always ready to help ... so all the best.--Agnes 10:12, 24 July 2010 (UTC))

  • Hello Cynthia, thanks for the welcome and for the tips! -MFK
  • Hi Fabiana, You are really coming along with learning to work in a wiki. And not just basic editing; I see you are planning a collaborative project. Kudos to you. I look forward to seeing your thoughts/ideas on quality control in an open authoring system. I've certified you as Wiki Apprentice Level 1, by adding a certification box to your infobox in the top right. Congrats. Your WikiNeighbor, --Alison Snieckus 14:43, 26 July 2010 (UTC)
    • w00t! I have a badge! :) Thanks Alison.
  • hi Kubke, happy to see you joined in :-) Kudos for your nice user page, :-) C.Koltzenburg
    • Thanks to you really, Claudia, I had totally missed the date!
  • Wow Fabiana, You have made great progress. Keep adding content and you are on your way to becoming a skilled WikiMaster. Warm wishes--Patricia Schlicht 16:59, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Thank you, thank you! Aleta Tallong 00:34, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Hi, Fabiana, Congratulations on receiving the May 2014 UPE Award. Your page is very inspiring. All the best. --Alison Snieckus 23:19, 6 May 2014 (UTC)