One summer in Antarctica turned Gold Coast scientist, Richard Skinner, into a passionate believer in the scientific importance of the frozen continent. Now he’ll share what captivated him there, both scientifically and personally, and how you can be involved.
Dr Skinner, who now lectures in public and environmental health at Griffith University, wants to involve us all in the widespread scientific opportunities there and promote the values and ideals of sustainability and environmental protection.
In the first Gecko Talks of 2020, he will discuss Antarctica on two levels: the wide variety of scientific opportunities there, including being involved from here, and what it’s actually like to live in a research station.
Antarctica, seen as the earth’s last great wilderness, is increasingly the focus for cutting edge science not just on climate change and its global effects, he said. ‘Other initiatives include subatomic particle research, testing interplanetary rovers and it’s arguably the best place to observe the night sky.’
You’ll hear how the continent was discovered, the challenges faced by those early pioneers and how this has shaped current politics. Many of these adversities still provide significant logistical issues. Dr Skinner will also discuss some of the current research projects, and how you can take part in citizen science initiatives from here.
While he’s currently not involved in Antarctica, in 2015 Dr Skinner spent a summer researching at Scott Base on Ross Island, Antarctica.
Everyone’s welcome and it’s free. Come early and buy a delicious RSL meal.
Please call Gecko on 07 5534 1412 for more information. Or turn up on the night.