Cape Schanck - image courtesy Michelle Grosser


Talks and Events
Monthly Division Meetings

Date: Last Thursday of each month (Except January and December)
Location: Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start
Contact: Michelle Grosser, email
Details are also posted on the Victorian website

GeoPub Melbourne - suspended

Date: Every second Friday of the month
Location: Dicksteins Corner Bar, 433 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Time: Starts ~5.30 pm, casual, relaxed, ends when we go home
For more information contact:

Upcoming events   


Previous Meetings

17 December 2020 - VIC Division Online Lunchtime Meeting (Zoom)
Speaker: Melanie Finch (Monash University)
Talk: The development of shear planes in ductile shear zones: a numerical modelling approach
Speaker Bio: Melanie Finch is a structural and metamorphic geologist at the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University. She completed her PhD in 2016 on the evolution of a thick, high strain shear zone. She was then awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, based at the University of Tuebingen in Germany, where she modelled the development of ductile shear zones. Her current focus is on subduction shear zones and the relationship between high pressure fluids and deformation. Melanie is a 2021-2022 ‘Superstar of STEM’ and runs the WOMEESA seminar series, which features monthly seminars from women Earth and Environmental Scientists

30 September 2020 - VIC Division Online Lunchtime Meeting
Speaker: Gresley Wakelin-King, Wakelin Associates; and Dept. Ecology, Environment and Evolution, La Trobe University
Topic: Australia’s longest coastal cliffs: size, reasons, rarity


27 August 2020 - VIC Division Online AGM

25 June 2020 – Howitt Lecture GSA VIC Division and Royal Society of Victoria
  - Now Online - Click Here
Speaker: Alfons VandenBerg
Topic: Writing on Stone - Graptolites and Ancient Ground
Abstract: Victoria’s foundation rocks are largely formed from sediments deposited in the sea over a period of some 100 million years. But because these rock strata have been extensively folded and faulted, there is no obvious way of determining the ages of their exposures at particular locations. Since the earliest days of geological investigation, the primary method of determining these ages has been the analysis of fossils. In much of Victoria, the most critical fossils are no more than tiny marks on the rocks—the remains of extinct animals called graptolites. The name means “writing on stone,” and that is what many of them look like. Join distinguished geologist Alfons VandenBerg, who will explain what these curious creatures were, and when and how they lived. Are they extinct, as was long believed? Given that we can’t access their DNA, how can we determine their relationships? Are they useful for geological mapping? How did they protect themselves? Fons will demonstrate a variety of these ‘marks’ magnified, displaying an amazing diversity of characteristics. Most importantly, it will show how a close examination reveals the remarkably rapid evolution of those characteristics, making them a key tool in unravelling the sequence of events that made the foundation rocks of eastern Australia.

26 March 2020 - GSA VIC Division Meeting - POSTPONED
Speaker: Mark McLean (Geological Survey of Victoria)
A new Full Spectrum FALCON® airborne gravity and aeromagnetic survey over the Otway Basin, Victoria
Location: Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building, University of Melbourne
Time: 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start

31 October 2019 - Victoria Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Matthew Wood, Casey Blundell, Christopher Voisey, Campbell Van Praagh
Topic: Student speakers present on their research projects

30 September 2019 - GSA Victoria - Selwyn Symposium 2019
Selwyn Public Lecture: Assistant Prof Noah Planavksy (Yale) speaking on Earth's history and the search for life in our Universe
Topic: The co-evolution of life and Precambrian environments. The symposium speakers will focus on integrated geobiological, stratigraphic, sedimentological and geochemical research on Earth’s surface evolution to bring new complexity to our understanding of Precambrian habitats.

29 August 2019 - Victoria Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Gavin Mudd (RMIT University)
Topic: Critical Metals and the Circular Economy: Key Issues and Opportunities

25 July 2019 - Victoria Division Monthly Meeting

Speakers: Michael Webster (Golder Associates)
Topic: The geology of Melbourne

27 June 2019 - Victoria Division Howitt Lecture with Royal Society of Victoria
Speaker: Stephen Gallagher (University of Melbourne)
Topic: Monsoons to desert: International Ocean Discovery Program digs deep to reveal 50 million years of climate and ocean history off West Australia

2 May 2019 - Victoria Division Annual General Meeting (formerly 25th April)
Speakers: Graeme Beardsmore (Hot Dry Rocks)
Topic: Heat Flow: The neglected potential field for mineral exploration
Location: Hills Lab, McCoy 220 School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne

28 March 2019 - Victoria Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: James Grove (University of Melbourne) and Susan Lawrence (La Trobe University)
Topic: Holes, heaps and homogenisation: how historic gold mining in Victoria changed geomorphological and legal landscapes

 28 February 2019 - Victoria Division Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Vince Morand (La Trobe University)
Topic: Landslides in Kyrgyzstan

GSAV Student Research Scholarships
The scholarship is valued at up to $500 for travel within Australia and $700 for travel outside of Australia. The number of and value of the scholarships awarded each year is made at the discretion of the GSA(Vic) committee. Funding will not be granted retrospectively and applicants are asked to submit forms no later than 6 weeks prior to their trip to give the committee time to consider the application. For more information and application form click here

Applicants must be members of the GSA and enrolled in a full-time degree at a Victorian Tertiary institution and undertaking research in Geology. The scholarship will be awarded to assist with conference travel for honours and postgraduate students, who are presenting (either poster or talk) at the conference. Honours and postgraduate students that receive this scholarship will be required to submit a report for publication in ‘The Victorian Geologist’ newsletter following their trip. A presentation may also be requested by the committee, which will consist of a short 10-15 minute presentation prior to the monthly seminar. Students who have previously received a GSAV research scholarship are not eligible. Scholarships and bursaries from other sources are acceptable.

Applications forms can be scanned and emailed to: or mailed to:
Geology Research Scholarships Victoria
Geological Society of Australia (Victoria Division)
GPO Box 2355
Melbourne VIC 3001

More information can be found by contacting Barbara Wagstaff,

GSAV Postgraduate Research Grant Scheme
The Geological Society of Australia (Victoria Division) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Postgraduate Research Grant Scheme for the encouragement of research in Earth Science. Projects should address Victorian problems, although research that extends beyond the State will not be excluded.

Under this Scheme, beginning in 2019, each year two Ph.D. students will be given grants of $5000 per annum for two years. The award applications must be lodged online through the GSA Victoria website,, and will include an outline of no more than 300 words of the proposed project.  Applications for the 2019 grant year will open Thursday the 1st of November 2018 and close at 5 pm Friday the 14th of December.

A selection panel appointed by the GSA Victoria will judge the submissions and the panel will reserve the right to make as many awards as they feel appropriate, within the constraints of the budget.

Successful applicants will be notified no later than the 2019 February committee meeting.  The awards will then be announced to the members at the April Annual General Meeting and will be published in The Victorian Geologist.

Each successful awardee will generally be required to provide a presentation to the GSA Victoria Division.  If this is not feasible, the awardee will provide a short report of an aspect of their research to be published in The Victorian Geologist. 


Chair: David Cantrill

Vice-Chair: Adele Seymon 

Secretary: Michelle Grosser

Treasurer: Richard Lovell

The Victorian Geologist Editor: 
Position Vacant

Divisional committee members
Fiona Glover - membership secretary
Adele Seymon
Susan White

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Education: Shannon Burnett
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