Geosciences Seminar Series: Semester Two Program

The second half of the 2019 School of Geosciences Seminar Series has been announced, with a lineup of incredible researchers and industry experts.

The seminar series, offered each semester by the School of Geosciences, has drawn an incredible line up of speakers that will respond to the theme of ‘A World of Excess’ over the coming weeks.

This series will discuss the natural and human worlds of excess, explored both in terms of abundance, neglect, waste and resultant crises that are a hallmark of our present-day society, and also in the extreme conditions that have disrupted the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere through geological time. Building on the converging and conflicting meanings of excess – an abundance and plethora but also an excessiveness, a surplus and a residue or remainder – we are hoping to engage in the complex formations and transformations of our human and more-than-human environments and their ramifications for our survival here.

Like in the previous semester, seminar sessions will take place on Tuesdays between 1-2pm in room 449 of the Madsen Building on campus. Attendance is free for all and will include a light lunch.

Semester 2 program:

Madsen Conference Room 449 Madsen Building F09, 1-2pm.

13th August — Dr Laurie Menviel, UNSW | Deglacial changes in ocean circulation and their impact on the global carbon cycle

27th August — Dr Michelle Dyer, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority | TBA

10th September — Prof Howie Scher, University of South Carolina | Climate extremes

24th September — Dr Ryan Jones, University of Auckland | Excess and Indebtedness: Green Bonds in a Time of Environmental Crisis

Tuesday, 15th October — Dr Andrew Valentine, ANU | An excess of data: New opportunities for geoscience inference?

Tuesday, 29th October — Prof Claudio Minca, MQ | Populations in excess: geopolitics of the refugee camps along the Balkan Route

Tuesday, 12th November — Prof Dale Dominey-Howes, USYD | Excess and waste as a lens to reimagine hazards and disasters in the Anthropocene

For more information please contact the series organisers, Naama Blatman-Thomas ( and Maria Seton (, or see the Geosciences school website.