Cradle Mountain, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania


Talks & Events

21 March 2019 - Joint GSA Meeting with ASEG
Speaker: Paul Winberry (Central Washington University)
Topic: How Much? How Fast? Seismology's role in understanding the future of Antarctica's ice sheets
Location: Geology Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania
Time: Drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm onwards

23-24 March 2019 - A Symposium: Dinosaurs and Evolution of Life (Royal Society of Tasmania, GSA TAS Division and The University of Tasmania)
Location: Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Churchill Avenue, Hobart
 The Organizing and Scientific Committee of DEL2019, invites you to participate in a 2 day symposium to highlight recent advances in understanding the evolution of life on Earth, with a focus on Dinosaurs. The Symposium will run in parallel with an exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) called “Dinosaur rEvolution; Secrets of Survival” prepared by Gondwana Studios

Participants will benefit from hearing Plenary Session Keynote talks by several distinguished scientists on dinosaurs, evolution and mass extinction including:  

  • Prof John Long (Flinders University) will give an overview on the origin of the species, including dinosaurs
  • Dr Steve Salisbury (University of Queensland) will talk about the recent discovery of dinosaur tracks in northwest Western Australia
  • Dr Stephen Poropat (Swinburne University of Technology) will talk about Australian dinosaurs through the Mesozoic period and the Triassic fossils found in the Hobart area – are they dinosaurs
  • Dr Phil Bell  (University of New England, will talk on recent opalized dinosaur discoveries from Lightning Ridge, NSW
  • Prof Ross Large (University of Tasmania) will talk about research on past ocean chemistry, evolution and mass extinctions over the last 600 million years
  • Peter Norton (Gondwana Studios) is the creator of the Dinosaur rEvolution exhibition at TMAG. He will talk about bringing dinosaurs to life by exhibition
  • John Pickell – _a well-known author who has published several books on dinosaurs will run a Q & A session on dinosaurs, fielding questions from the audience

Themes of Symposium

  • Recent research on dinosaurs
  • Evolution of dinosaurs and birds
  • Proterozoic evolution of life
  • Phanerozoic evolution of life
  • Mass extinction events

Registration: Please click here
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11 April 2019 - GSA TAS Division Meeting
Speaker: Dr Matthew McDowell
Topic: Quarternary marsupial fossils of Australia and Tasmania
Location: Geology Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania
Time: Drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm onwards

23 May 2019 - GSA TAS Division Annual General Meeting 
Speaker: Prof Andrew Gleadow
Topic: Dating Aboriginal art sites around Australia
Location: Geology Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania
Time: Drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm onwards


Previous Division Meetings

6-7 December 2018 – Tasmanian Geoscience Forum
Details: The purpose of this forum is to assemble geoscientists in one pleasant place to share their progress in exploration, mining and research. This forum is for sharing results and ideas in the geosciences and learning more about geology, in particular the geology of Tasmania. The final program is still being confirmed but we expect a full day of activities followed by a three-course dinner for all Seminar attendees. Partners are welcome to attend the dinner. Optional field trips are taking place to Cape Grim on Wednesday, 5 December and to Kara Mine on Friday, 7 December. Numbers are limited so please follows the link below for more information and be sure to register your interest
Location: Tall Timbersm Resort, Scotch Town Road, Smithton

16 November 2018 – GESSS TAS
Description: GESSS TAS is an event that brings together Earth Science undergraduate, honours, masters and doctoral students in a forum where they can present research to the local scientific community, gain experience in communicating research findings, promote their talents to future employers, and expand their knowledge on other research areas.
Location: Discipline of Earth Sciences, UTAS (Sandy Bay Campus)

 7 October 2018 – TAS Division Field Trip
Details: 'Volcanoes of the Derwent Valley' led by Phil Sansom
Location: Derwent Valley

13 September 2018 – TAS Division Meeting
Speaker: Mike Hall (Monash University)
Topic: The late Cambrian rift system and the Tabberabberan Orogeny in western Tasmania

23 August 2018 – TAS Division Dinner
Speaker: Nic Haygarth (Heritage Tasmania)
Topics: History of mining in Tasmania

11 July 2018
Speaker: Todd Halihan (Oklahoma State University)
Topic: McElhinny Lecture (Joint IAH/GSA meeting)

28 June 2018 
Speaker: Rebecca Carey
Topic: Evolution of the 2018 Kilauea East Rift Eruption, Hawai'i

31 May 2018 – TAS Division Annual General Meeting
Speaker: Claire Kain (MRT)
Topic: Alluvial fan flooding and debris flow hazard at Caveside, Tasmania: A sediment and modelling analysis of the 2011 and 2016 events

7 April 2018 – TAS Division Field Trip
Location: Near Maydena

22 March 2018
Speaker: Dr Adam Soule (Chief Scientist of the National Deep Submergence Facility, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute)
Topic: Humans, Robots, and the most active volcanic systems on Earth


Chair: Andrew McNeill

Vice Chair: Matt Ferguson

Secretary: Karin Orth

Treasurer: Jacqui Halpin

Membership Officer: Rebecca Carey

Newsletter Editor
Karin Orth


Student Representative 
Thomas Schaap

Committee Members

Sebastien Meffre

Grace Cumming

Peter McGoldrick

Phil Sansom

Mike Vicary

Heritage representative
Clive Calver

Rock Garden representative
Ralph Bottrill