Over her career both in the US and Australia she has followed a winding path, not in a straight line. Her interests have always been about the path taken by life, at first examining the history of birds that once lived in Australia over the past 40 million years but eventually expanding into a multidisciplinary series of projects that had taken her back into the Precambrian more than 600 million years and to such remote parts of the planet in Siberia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Africa - as well as right here at home in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia.
She knows how to read rocks and with her colleagues from around the world has plotted the history of life and climate over more than 1 billion years.
BioProfessor 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.
Date: Friday 7 July 2017Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pmVenue: Swinburne University, AMDC building, AMDC301 (Enter from Burwood road or John Street)Map: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/media/swinburneeduau/about-swinburne/docs/pdfs/hawthorn-map.pdf