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How to read Earth history from the rocks

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Date: Friday 7 July 2017
Venue: AMDC301, Hawthorn Campus

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The Wandering Path of A Rock Whisperer

We have been plotting the history of life around the world and climate over more than 1 billion years. Tonight we will zero in on a time when the Earth's first animals came into the picture - at a time when the planet was in the grips of a massive glaciation, Snowball Earth - which is likely better named Slushball Earth.

About the presenter

Professor Patricia Vickers-Rich is interested in biotic, environmental/climatic change, with emphasis on the late Neoproterozoic (600-540 mybp) and late Mesozoic and Cainozoic (150 mybp to present day). Her research and that of her students investigates the appearance of multicelled organisms and hard skeletons/shells in the late Neoproterozoic with field work in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Argentina, Namibia and the White Sea of Russia.

She leads the UNESCO International Geosciences Program IGCP 587 with 120 participants from 20 countries and has organized many exhibitions that travel globally including The Rise of Animals, Wildlife of Gondwana, The Artist and the Scientists, Dinosaurs of Darkness), bringing research science to the public, visited by millions of people around the world.

She holds an Order of Australia for her research work and science communication efforts, especially with primary and pre-primary age groups and is the Director of PrimeSCI! based at Swinburne (Wantirna) – a group that brings the public and youth especially together with research scientists around the world.


This lecture is part of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing free monthly public lecture series.

Contact Information: Liz Thackray
Email: ethackray@swin.edu.au