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Patricia Rich


Professor Rich’s research has focussed on understanding the environmental changes that have affected Australia (including parts of the ancient super continent, Gondwana) and how this shaped the evolutionary history of Australia’s unique biota. This research has involved comparative anatomy, biochemistry, and intensive fieldwork.

She has written more than 20 books, 200 research papers and has been the recipient of a number of writing awards. This includes the Victoria Premier’s Award for Science Writing and Eureka Award for Science Writing.

She is an elected member of the NY Explorers Club, and elected member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, an Honorary Researcher of Museum Victoria and the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and has gained more than 30 National Geographic Grants for field research in southern Africa, Siberia, Argentina, China, Australia and Saudi Arabia.

In 2016 Professor Rich was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Australia Day Honours List.

Professor Rich’s talk ‘Walking on the Edge. The Life of a Lady Geologist in the 20th and 21st Centuries’, explores aspects of her life’s work. From her humble beginnings, growing up on a small farm in California, to her investigations into plate tectonics and the differing biotas of Australia and Southeast Asia. Patricia will note the factors that gave her a chance to enter this field. She will also expand on her current research on the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Research Project.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Geology - 370500


Also published as: Rich, Patricia; Rich, P.; Rich, Pat; Vickers-Rich, P.; Vickers-Rich, Patricia
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: Australian Age of Dinosaurs Research Project *; Australian Age of Dinosaurs Ltd

* Chief Investigator

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