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GSA GOLD is an online lecture and discussion series from the Geological Society of Australia, held on the first Tuesday of the month.

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The first GSA GOLD for 2021 is on 2 March {1.30pm AEDT (NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS), 12.30pm AEST (QLD), 1.00pm ACDT (SA), 12.00am ACST (NT), 10.30am WST (WA)}!

Our March speaker is Heather Handley, Associate Professor of Volcanology and Geochemistry at Macquarie University.

Talk title: Mainland Australia's next volcanic eruption: Where? How much warning time? How prepared are we?

Registration for GSA GOLD is free for all GSA members. Non-members can also register for just $10.00.

Non-members can use the GSA GOLD registration fee as part of their joining fee when applying for membership with the Geological Society of Australia. Please email info@gsa.org.au for info.

Following your registration, you will be sent a link to attend GSA GOLD on Zoom.

Abstract:

Australia has a rich and fascinating volcanic history. The last volcanic eruptions in mainland Australia took place around 4,500-5,000 years ago and based on the time since last eruption, the mainland has two potentially still active volcanic regions. In this talk, current volcanological and petrological research will be integrated with preliterate knowledge of volcanic activity in Australia to explore: how likely a future eruption is in mainland Australia, what the warning signals might look like and how much time we may have to prepare should we detect signs of activity. Research into the Australian general public's perceptions of volcanic hazards and risk will be presented to discuss just how prepared we are for the next eruption.

Biography:

Heather Handley is an Associate Professor of Volcanology and Geochemistry at Macquarie University. Her research unravels the secrets held in the chemistry of volcanic rocks and their minerals to answer questions such as what triggers volcanic eruptions? and how fast does magma travel from its source to the Earth’s surface? Heather holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology from The University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Volcano Geochemistry from Durham University in the UK. In 2012, Heather was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to advance our understanding of the timescales of Earth-system process. Heather strongly advocates for Women in STEM, diversity and inclusion and is Co-Founder and President of the Women in Earth and Environmental Science Australasia (WOMEESA) Network. Heather is a Science and Technology Australia 2021-2022 Superstar of STEM and received an AIPS NSW Young Tall Poppy Award in 2014. Heather has led and participated in more than 50 outreach events and workshops. She frequently writes for The Conversation, has given more than 60 television, radio and print interviews on volcanoes and has featured in documentaries for National Geographic and Discovery Science. She is also mum to two very curious and active young girls.


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