Aceh to Oz,'05
seminars and lectures
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Australia's ancient landscapes:
lessons for an uncertain future
Howitt Lecture, Royal Society of Victoria, June 2007.
Using Australian landscapes as my inspiration, I explore the geological framework that provides context for our concern about rising greenhouse gas concentrations, and how and what we may be able to do about it.
The Power and the Passion:
a geological perspective
Dean's Lecture Series, Melbourne University, August 2006
As part of a forum exploring the context of Nuclear energy prospects for Australia, I outline some of the issues concerning stability of our contients relevant to long-term waste storage, the size of our Uranium resource and the prospect of geothermal energy. link to pdf version with text
From Aceh to Australia:
the remarkable story of the Indo-Australian plate
Dean's Public Lecture Series, Melbourne University, October 2005
I explore the geodynamic factors
responsible for the 2004 Boxing Day Aceh earthquake, and relate them to
the dynamics of the Indo-Australian plate, and to the much milder tectonic
activity in Australia. I finish with some speculations about the
role of the Indo-Australian plate in instigating the climate change leading
to the emergence of our species.
landscape, climate and tectonics
Geological Society of Australia, Public Lecture Series, October 2003
Presented together with Jim Bowler,
we explore the imprints of climatic and tectonic change in the
Australian landscape, illustrating its remarkable
archive of global change.
Science Week, Melbourne University, August, 2002
A geological perspective on global change.
Select keynote and invited lectures
Tectonic signals in the ancient continent
keynote, Selwyn Symposium, September, 2009
Geomorphic tracers of mantle flow beneath the Australian continent
keynote, Geomophology 2009, 7th International Conference on Geomorphology July, 2009
'Green' coal – Victoria’s unique geothermal option and other opportunities in the emerging energy landscape
keynote, Resources Victoria Conference 2009, September, 2009
Geomorphic expressions of mantle flow,
department, Genoble, July 2008
The strange case of Mount Painter and the question
why the continents are just so?'
invited, ETH, Zurich, May 2007 (Alan Thompsons' 60th birthday)
the continents are just so?
invited, Goldschmidt, Melbourne, August
The remarkable surface
of the earth
keynote, Australian Institute of Physics, February, 2005
shear zones don't reactivate
keynote, Geological Society of London, September,
department. RSES ANU, July '03,
Melbourne Uni variation, August, 2003
the crust: Where is the heat?
"Ishihara Symposium", Macquarie Uni, July 22, 2003
ACRC annual conference, Monash November, 2002
and stratigraphy in Neoproterozoic Basins, Australia
Australian Geological Convention, Powell Symposium, Adelaide,
framework of Australia
Australian Geological Convention, Sprigg Symposium, Adelaide,