Dr Liz Reed ‘Australia’s fossil caves: underground archives of past biodiversity’

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Thursday, 6 July 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Liz Reed caving
Liz Reed caving

Liz, from the University of Adelaide, will talk about refining the age and palaeoenvironmental context of key deposits from caves in the Naracoorte area of the Limestone Coast region of South Australia.

Hidden beneath the surface in Australia’s caves are fossil deposits that preserve detailed records of past environments and biodiversity. These caves provide ideal environments for the preservation of organic remains, and often contain exquisitely preserved fossils of Australia’s extinct giant marsupials – the ‘megafauna’. This talk will provide a summary of key finds from various Australian caves, and introduce megafauna species that once roamed this continent. A detailed case study of the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves will demonstrate how caves yield information about past climate and biodiversity, shedding light on the past, present and future.

Dr Reed is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide, and a researcher in palaeontology at the South Australian Museum. She is a vertebrate palaeontologist specialising in Quaternary cave deposits in caves, notably at Naracoorte and Nullarbor. She is a self-confessed ‘cave addict’ and finds all aspects of caves fascinating, particularly their palaeontology, biology and conservation.

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