WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DIVISION
West Australian Geologist (WAG)
Bi-monthly newsletter of the Western Australian Division of the Geological Society of Australia Inc.
Number 516: April ̶ May 2016 (2.5 Mb PDF file)
Governing Council Election Process 2016
Council Election Process download: PDF doc
Nomination form - WA Divisional Councillor 2016-2018 download: MS Word doc
Time: 5.30 pm for 6.00 pm formal start (bar open upstairs before talk)
Venue: Irish Club of WA,
NEXT MONTHLY MEETING
*2016 Gibb Maitland Medal Award Winner Presentation*
Wednesday 1st June, 2016
Talk title: The evolution of life: Its preservation across ocean anoxic events (including major mass extinction events) from biomolecules and geomolecules to cellular remains
Speaker: Professor Kliti Grice, John Curtin Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Director of the WA-Organic and Isotope Geochemistry team, Curtin University
Abstract: Oceanic anoxic events (OAEs) are sediments that contain high amounts of organic matter that were deposited under oxygen-depleted conditions and form an excellent archive for the reconstruction of ancient environments. Often OAEs coincide with mass extinction events, although many localised OAEs do not reflect global phenomena. Concretions are often preserved in sediments and can contain encapsulated fossil remains (e.g., bones, soft tissue). Concretions formed under highly reduced conditions allow for exceptional preservation of soft tissue and biomolecules (e.g., cholesterol. Concretions were formed over long geological time spans, but have never been studied in sufficient detail by organic –inorganic approaches that we have applied here. With access to concretions from several worldwide Lagerstätte locations (e.g., Lower Jurassic Posidonia Shale, NW Germany; The Devonian Gogo Formation, Western Australia) and the surrounding sedimentary shales (organic biomarkers, biomolecules and stable isotopes, inorganic geochemistry and morphology by imaging) reveal the extent of preservation of cholesterol and the entire diagenetic continuum as-well as exceptionally well preserved cells (unpublished) from sediments deposited under photic zone euxinic (PZE) conditions providing insights into the development and evolution of life (including highly important cellular remains).
About the speaker: Professor Kliti Grice is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Director of the WA-Organic and Isotope Geochemistry team at Curtin University. WA-OIGC play an integrated role in The Institute for Geoscience Research. Kliti has held two Australian Research Council (ARC) QEII fellowships and an ARC Discovery Outstanding Research Award (DORA) at Professorial level. Prior to joining Curtin University in 1998 Kliti was a research fellow at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research on the island of Texel, The Netherlands.
Kliti is a leading international authority on biomarker geochemistry and compound specific isotope analyses (CSIA) especially associated with mass extinction events. She is an organic geochemist who creatively combines geological information with data on biomarkers and their stable carbon, hydrogen and sulfur isotopic compositions to reconstruct details of microbial, fungal and floral inhabitants of ancient aquatic environments.
Professor Kliti Grice was awarded the GSA-WA Division’s 2016 Gibb Maitland Medal at the GSA-WA’s annual dinner and awards evening held in April.
GSA-WA Student Bursary
The GSA-WA offers bursaries to assist students in their studies and research.
Up to $1000 can be granted for any meritorious project, for 1 or several students, such as field trips, for laboratory costs, for travel costs or conferences.
Applications close 31 March and 30 September each year.
View the flyer for further information and complete the application form to submit a nomination.
Bursary Flyer download: PDF doc
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Bursary Application Form download: MS Word doc
2015 GSA-WA Division AGM Minutes
The GSA-WA Division 2015 Annual General Meeting was held at the Irish Club, Subiaco on Wednesday 6 May 2015.
2016 Gibb Maitland Medal
Call for Nominations - Now Closed
The Gibb Maitland Medal is awarded by the Western Australia Division of the Geological Society of Australia in order to recognize individuals who have made substantial contributions to geoscience in Western Australia. It is named for Andrew Gibb Maitland, Government Geologist from 1896 to 1926, who established the Geological Survey of Western Australia. The Medal is usually awarded each year and nominations are now sought for the 2016 Gibb Maitland medalist.
2016 Gibb Maitland guidelines & nomination form download: MS Word doc
Nominations closed Monday 30 November 2015 and the winner was Professor Kliti Grice.
modified: 26 May 2016