Speaker:  Dr Jennifer Cooling, The School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, UQ

Abstract:  Our ability to understand how the characteristic modern flora of Australia arose from the Mesozoic flora of Gondwana has been severely hampered in Queensland, and the northern half of the continent in general, by an inability to reliably and accurately date and correlate terrestrial sediments of the Paleogene and Neogene. The biostratigraphic zonation of the south-east Australian Gippsland Basin which has been invaluable to workers in the southern half of the continent has proven to be less applicable to Queensland sediments. In the absence of a more localised alternative, it has so far proven impossible to reliably assemble the numerous individual pieces of evidence from the period into a cohesive narrative. The lack of a current equivalent biozonation for Queensland does not however mean one could not be created with dedicated study, and there are several promising avenues of study that could significantly contribute towards the development of such.

Bio:  Jennifer Cooling is a postdoctoral researcher at the UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, working as part of the palynological/deep time research group. After completing a PhD on the palynology of the Jurassic-Cretaceous transition in the Surat Basin, she has been lured up into relatively more recent paleoenvironmental work on the ‘Tertiary’ of Queensland and now on the last few thousand years of the south-west of Tasmania.

About JKMRC Friday Seminars 2022

Welcome to the 2022 Series of the JKMRC Friday Seminars.  The list of presentations will aim to cover a range of topics related to the minerals sector from decision making in exploration, new mineral processing technologies, social licence to operate and mine closure.

The JKMRC Friday Seminars will be presented both in person, at the Indooroopilly Mine Site Lecture Theatre, and also as webinar.  Registration for the webinar is required and can be made via the registration link in each seminar overview.

A large number of past webinars can be accessed on the SMI website: https://smi.uq.edu.au/webinars

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