The Perseverance rover, is the most complex object ever sent to Mars. The new rover will search for evidence of ancient microbial life in Jezero Crater where a beautiful ancient alluvial fan is now the focus of attention. This lecture should provide useful background information of this interesting planet and outline some of its Australian scientific contributions.
Dr. Gostin has been researching, supervising and teaching geology and earth history at undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 1970. He has supervised many research students in sedimentary, environmental, and petroleum geology. He is also concerned in promoting the understanding of earth sciences throughout the community
His research projects involve the effects of climate on the nature and patterns of sedimentation, with special emphasis on ancient glaciations, modern cool-water shelf carbonates and lacustrine sediments. His identification of an extensive ejecta blanket derived from Australia's largest meteorite impact [honoured by asteroid 3640 GOSTIN], has widened his attention to planetary geology and to current climatic issues.Mars-Gostin
Caves are remarkable underground archives of past biodiversity. Study of fossil deposits in caves helps us reconstruct past faunal communities and species distributions. They can also inform about past, present and future climate and biodiversity change. This is particularly important in the context of Australian mammal extinctions as many species face an uncertain future, particularly in light of global warming.
Liz Reed is a vertebrate palaeontologist specialising in Quaternary cave deposits, largely within the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves National Park and Nullarbor Plain. She is a lecturer at University of Adelaide and a research scientist with the South Australian Museum.
From 5:15 pm, this meeting will be streamed live via Zoom. Follow the link below;
Meeting ID: 832 8408 6270