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“Records of past climate which span decades through millennia are crucial for establishing baseline climate variability to place modern and future change in context. Such records provide new insights into the drivers of long term regional climate change and help constrain the probability of climate extremes. Our understanding of long term climate variability stems from a range of natural archives, including tree rings, cave stalagmites and lake sediments. Each of those natural archives carries inherent idiosyncrasies and uncertainties which limit the direct interpretation of climate parameters such as temperature and rainfall. Furthermore, despite decades of research, high quality archives of Australian past climate variability are scarce, with a pressing need for new records with improved dating and temporal resolution. Here I will discuss recent attempts to address these challenges through a series of case studies, including new records from lake and wetland sediments, regional syntheses of past climate data, novel approaches to the numerical analysis of such data and contemporary process studies aimed at modelling and calibrating past climate proxies.”

Who: Dr Jonathan Tyler is a palaeoclimatologist, isotope geochemist and lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Adelaide. His research involves developing the tools used to reconstruct past climates and biogeochemical cycles through field and experimental studies on modern systems.

Recently, his focus has been on the last 2000 years of climate variability in southern Australia and on the period known for the end of the last ice age (the last 50,000 years). He continues to work on projects in Antarctica, Japan and the United Kingdom. Jonathan came to Adelaide having held research fellowships at the universities of Melbourne, Oxford and Tokyo. He obtained his PhD at University College London.

Where: Bureau of Meterology office, 431 King William St, corner of King William and Sth Terrace, formerly known as the Optus building.

Time: arrive at 6pm for a 6.30pm start
There will be a person at the door to let people into the offices until 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more details, contact Murray Hamilton, chair of the AMOS South Australia branch

(murray.hamilton@adelaide.edu.au). If there are issues with access on the night, please phone 0478 453 642.

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2017 Australian Climate and Water Summer Institute We are inviting applications for a competitive fellowship to participate in this prestigious event. Organised by a consortium of government and research organisations, the Summer Institute offers around 15 of the most talented students and early career researchers a unique opportunity to work closely with peers and experts […]

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The other side of scientific writing: increasing reader engagement and readership Publications are the universal currency for communication among scientists. But they are generally composed of dense, uninspiring language that can be laborious to wade through and difficult to understand. While objectivity and scholarship are cornerstones of scientific writing, there is another ingredient that is […]

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University of Adelaide researchers have shown that it may be possible to eradicate populations of invasive pest animals through the inheritance of a negative gene – a technique known as gene drive. Invasive pests cost agricultural industries around the world hundreds of millions of dollars and are a major threat to biodiversity and the environment. […]

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Pest species are not news to continental Australia: animals either deliberately introduced or brought here accidentally by boat have wreaked havoc for decades. Gene driving is a technique that aims to humanely spread a “faulty” gene through a population and triggers population collapse. Environment Institute Researchers Thomas Prowse, Phillip Cassey, Talia Wittmann and Paul Thomas suggests this […]

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Marine Biologist Professor Bronwyn Gillanders is nominated for South Australian Scientist of the Year at the SA Excellence Awards. Kate Luders sat down with Prof Bronwyn Gillanders to talk about her recent highlights and the importance of science communication ahead of the announcement of the finalist at the SA Excellence Award Gala Dinner this Friday. […]

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National Science Week is just around the corner so we’ve put together our pick of the best events Art and Science Tours at the Art Gallery of SA When: Monday, August 14 2017 till Friday, August 18 2017. 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Where: Art Gallery of South Australia Cost: Free This multi-site learning program […]

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Professor Kris Helgen gave his Inaugural Professorial Lecture at the University of Adelaide. Prof Helgen completed his PhD at The University of Adelaide on a Fulbright Scholarship, after completing his BA (Biology) from Harvard University. Prof Helgen spoke about how Natural History Museums have been significant in his career, and how important the records and […]

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Please join the University Collections for an Oration by Professor Bob Hill, Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences and Director, Environment Institute, The University of Adelaide 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start, concluding at 7.30pm Thursday 10 August 2017 Ira Raymond Room, Level 3 Hub Central, The University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus The rise of civilisation is inextricably linked […]

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