Dr Liz Truswell ‘Marie Stopes - palaeobotanist extraordinaire!’

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Thursday, 27 April 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Marie Stopes extraordinary paleontologist (provided L Truswell)
Marie Stopes extraordinary paleontologist (provided L Truswell)

Marie Stopes was one of the most flamboyant and influential figures of the early twentieth century. Liz will discuss Marie’s wide-ranging contributions to palaeobotany, and the way these were over-shadowed by her later career on birth control and the role of women in marriage, published in 1918.


Dr Liz Truswell was born in Kalgoorlie but mostly grew up in Perth.  She is a geoscientist, a palynologist/palaeobotanist, holding a B.Sc from UWA and a PhD from Cambridge. During post-doctoral study in the USA she became involved with the early stages of the International Deep Sea Drilling Project, voyaging on the first cruise to drill a number of sea floor sites close to Antarctica. Returning to Australia she worked for what is now Geoscience Australia as a palaeontologist/environmental scientist before transferring to the ANU as a Visiting Fellow.  She has published papers on geological timescales, palaeoenvironments and aspects of the vegetation history of Australia and Antarctica. Her 2019 book deals with evidence for the early Antarctic icecap, the human history of early voyages in the Southern Ocean, and the nature and demise of the higher vegetation of Antarctica.  She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1985.

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