The Three Sisters at Echo Point, Katoomba - image courtesy Paul Harvey

New South Wales

NSW Division August 2019 Newsletter
(Microsoft Word Document)

Talks & Events

Monthly Division Meetings

Change of Venue from July 2019
Location: The NSW GSA monthly meetings will be moving to Club York, 95-99 York Street, Sydney
ate: Talks are held the 2nd Thursday of the month. 

Monthly Meetings Presentations on YouTube
Click here if you want to watch the presentations from NSW Division Meetings online

Upcoming Meetings and Events

8 August 2019 - NSW Division Meeting
Speaker: Laurie Menviel (CCRC, UNSW)
Deglacial changes in ocean circulation and their impact on the global carbon cycle
Location: Club York, 95-99 York Street, Sydney
Time: Drinks at 5.30pm, meeting at 6.00pm 

11 August 2019 - NSW Division at Australian Botanic Garden ‘Science in the Wild- Dinosaurs vs Superpowers’
Join scientists at their stalls and they will show what amazing superpowers you find in nature. Super sight, super hearing, super strength and camouflage are only some of the capabilities you will discover. The incredible roving Dinosaur will be coming back as well and show you a bit of pre-historic fauna. The GSA NSW Division will also be involved in activities and will have a booth
Location: The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, Lakeside Lawn, Yandelora Drive , Mount Annan
Time: 11 am - 3.00 pm
Free Registration: Click here to register 

18 August 2019 - NSW Division at Royal Botanic Garden - Living Laboratory - Free Outdoor Festival of Science
Join us for a huge outdoor event to celebrate the environmental sciences! Explore the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to get hands-on with science experiments, explore behind-the-scenes, visit state-of-the-art science facilities and use scientific equipment! The GSA NSW Division will also be involved in activities and will have a booth
Location: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Lawns near the Learning Centre, Closest Garden Gate: Woolloomooloo
Time: 11 am - 3.00 pm
Free Registration: Click here to register 

12 September 2019 - NSW Division Meeting 
Benedicte Cenki-Tok (University of Sydney)
Rare metal concentration triggered by sulfide dynamic recrystallization
Location: Club York, 95-99 York Street, Sydney
Time: Drinks at 5.30pm, meeting at 6.00pm 

31 October - 1 November 2019 - GESSS NSW
Description: GESSS NSW provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with a variety of students in a range of disciplines under the umbrella term of Earth Science. These kinds of interdisciplinary meetings can foster collaboration and be a route of exposure to new areas of research. GESSS is a fantastic way of keeping students up to date with the state of the art research being carried out across the state. 
Location: Leighton Hall, University of New South Wales
Abstracts: for more information and to submit your abstracts, please email
Registration: Please click here
Website: Please click here

Past NSW Division Meetings, Events and Activities

11 July 2019 - NSW Division Meeting
Speaker: Sarah Kachovich (University of Queensland) 
Topic: Unlocking the biostratigraphical potential of radiolarians

17 June 2019 - Joint NSW Division Event - Distinguished Lecture
Speaker: Ross Large (UTAS)
Topics: Rhythms of Earth and Life through
Details: This event is brought to you by the AusIMM Geoscience Society, the AusIMM Sydney Branch, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG), the Sydney Mineral Exploration Discussion Group (SMEDG) and the Geological Society of Australia (GSA) NSW Division

13 June 2019 - NSW Division Meeting and GSA Annual General Meeting
Speaker: Steve Hill (Geoscience Australia)
Topic: Welcome to Planet, Continent and Country: and why geoscientists like YOU are key to this conversation

9 May 2019 - NSW Division Annual General Meeting

Speaker: Nathan Daczko (Macquarie University)
Impacts of reactive melt ascent through deep arc crust on melt evolution: recognising and investigating melt migration pathways/A cryptic Gondwana-forming orogen located in Antarctica
11 April 2019 - NSW Division Meeting

Speaker: Serge Smolonogov MAIG RPGeo
Topic: Changing Mine Geology Culture in Nevada - One Australian Expatriate, Two Years to Complete

14 March 2019 - NSW Division Meeting
Titus Murray (FaultSeal)
Topic: Faulting and ground water in the Southern Coal Fields

 14 February 2019 - NSW Division Meeting
Speaker: Amanda Thran (University of Sydney)
Topic: Piles of dirt on the seafloor: what can they tell us about bottom current activity? 

3-4 December 2018 - GESSS NSW
Description: GESSS NSW is moving to the University of Sydney for 2018. Our mission is to educate, engage and interact with Earth Science students across NSW, to develop long lasting networks and friendships for our future.
Location: Abercrombie Building, University of Sydney

8 November 2018 – NSW Division Monthly Meeting - Honours and Masters Night
Speaker: Joshua Shea (Macquarie University), Jessie Grey (University of Newcastle), Emily Hull (University of New South Wales) and Christopher Henderson-Matuschka (University of Wollongong)
Joshua Shea - Identifying a Source Assemblage for Buckland Volcanic Province
Jessie Grey - An Analysis of Historical Triggers of Landfalling Tropical Cyclones in NSW ~ Implications for current and future seasons
Emily Hull - Life on the Edge: investigating obsidian exchange in the Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea
Christopher Henderson-Matuschka - Storm chasing in the Australian Tropics: Is there a record of past tropical cyclones in Lake Eacham?

11 October 2018 – NSW Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Vasileios Chatzaras (University of Sydney)
Description: Geological record of the seismic cycle at the deep levels of plate boundary strike-slip faults

13 September 2018 - NSW Division Meeting
SpeakerSean Murray (Macquarie University GeoAnalytical)
Topic: A lot of indirect evidence that some dolomites in the Bahamas were made by bacteria: What I wouldn’t give to get sulfate pore fluid data from 30 years ago

11 and 18 August 2018 - NSW Division stall at Blue Mountains and Royal Botanic Gardens  
Topic: Come along for this free outdoor events to celebrate the environmental sciences! Explore the Royal Botanic Garden (Aug 11) to get hands-on with science experiments, explore behind-the-scenes, visit state-of-the-art science facilities and use scientific equipment! Take a trip through time to the ancient land of Gondwana for a fantastic family day of hands-on science fun at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden (Aug 18)!

9 August 2018 - NSW Division Meeting
Speaker: Kate Hine (Mitre Geophysics)
Topic: An update on exploration success at the Woodlawn Deposit, NSW

12 July 2018 - NSW Division Meeting
Speaker: Marita Bradshaw 
Topic: The seven rocks that made Australia: A review of the last 4 billion years and a look to the future that links key geological events to their impact on Australia’s economy and society

14 June 2018 - NSW Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Claire Mallard, University of Sydney
Topic: Fully-dynamic global models to explore processes that control plates reorganizations

10 May 2018 - NSW Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Tara Djokic (UNSW)

Topic: Life in Archean hot springs and implications for astrob

12 April 2018 - NSW Division Monthly Meeting

Topic: Permian pumice to Miocene magmas: a new geological map of Warrumbungle National Park
Speaker: Dr Kate Bull (Geological Survey of NSW) 

8 March 2018 - NSW Division Monthly Meeting

Topic: Cuu Long Basin Exploration Rejuvenation: A multidisciplinary approach to rejuvenating the play portfolio of a mature basin
Speaker: Dr Pedro Restrepo-Pace (Oil Search)

8 February 2018 - NSW AGM
Speaker: Dr Tim Chapman (University of Sydney)
Topic: Looking up from the base of a magmatic arc: A perspective on Zealandia


Chair: Kelsie Dadd,
Curious Minds – Girls in STEM

Secretary and Newsletter Editor:
Mira van der Ley, 
University of New South Wales

Treasurer: Vacant
(Please contact either Kelsie Dadd or Mira van der Ley if you are interested in filling this position) 

Talk Co-ordinator:
Sabin Zahirovic, University of Sydney

General Committee members:
Graham Carr, formerly of CSIRO
Elizabeth Dowding, UNSW
Marin Gudmundsdottir
Anthony Lanati
Joanna Parr, CSIRO 
Patrick Smith, Australian Museum


General Heritage Subcommittee:
Armstrong Osborne (Chair)
Phil Gilmore
Cressida Gilmore 
Paul Meszaros
Iain Paterson
Ian Percival

NOTE: Please contact the committee if you have any ideas regarding speakers/topics for technical talks or require sponsors for membership