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2014 In the Wild West Lecture Series

Rangelands NRM are proud to be sponsoring the WA Museum’s 2014 In the Wild West Lecture Series.

Thanks to support from Rangelands NRM, the 2014 In the Wild West lecture series will visit Broome, Kununurra, Port Hedland, Karratha and Carnarvon, with lectures repeated at WA Museum sites in Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Perth, after launching at the Maritime Museum.

“Taking the In the Wild West lecture series regionally allows us to engage communities that may not typically be able to visit WA Museum sites and participate in all we have to offer,” WA Museum CEO Alec Coles said.

This lecture series aligns with the WA Museum’s mission of inspiring people to explore and share their identity, culture, environment and sense of place, and it also underpins the themes supporting the New Museum redevelopment by providing an opportunity to showcase unique biodiversity of our State and to share the incredible stories of our people, all presented by our own curators and researchers.

Lectures will be recorded throughout the series and made available for viewing on the WA Museum’s website.

The public can attend the lectures for a Gold coin donation.  BOOKINGS are essential on 1300 134 081 or via the online booking system. http://museum.wa.gov.au/whats-on/in-the-wild-west

Perth and Fremantle

Dinosaurs and other creatures of the Cretaceous greenhouse world

Dr Mikael Siversson, Curator of Palaeontology, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, WA Museum

Join Dr Mikael Siversson as he presents a time in our planet’s history when giant dinosaurs walked the earth, plane-sized pterosaurs patrolled the skies, and enormous crocodilians lurked in the rivers.

6.00pm, Thursday 26 June 2014
Western Australian Museum Perth

Wet and Wild: frogs of the Kimberley

Dr Paul Doughty, Curator of Herpetology, Western Australian Museum

The Kimberley region of Western Australia with its ‘wet season’ and many environments has a great diversity of frog species and is the most frog-rich area of WA. Species include tree frogs, rockhole frogs, burrowing frogs, sedge frogs and an especially rich group of ground-dwelling species.  Join Dr Paul Doughty as he presents a ‘who’s who’ of these species and highlights recent discoveries.

6:00pm, Wednesday 30 July 2014 
NWS Shipping Theatre, Western Australian Maritime Museum

Wreck update: behind the scenes in Maritime Archaeology

Adjunct Professor Dr Michael (Mack) McCarthy, Curator, Maritime Archaeology, WA Museum

Some of Western Australia’s most historically significant maritime sites have had many new and exciting developments happening in the field and behind the scenes. Dutch shipwrecks Batavia, Zeewick, Zuytdorp and Gilt Dragon all have new research unfolding, as does the elusive Aagtkerke.  As the WA Museum prepares for the 2016 aniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing, take an illustrated tour of the latest research of the Maritime Archaeology Department with Dr McCarthy.

6:00pm, Wednesday 27 August 2014
NWS Shipping Theatre, Western Australian Maritime Museum

Rock art conservation: impact of microclimates on engravings

Dr Ian D MacLeod, Executive Director, Fremantle Museums and Collections, WA Maritime Museum

The remarkable rock engravings found in the Burrup Peninsular are internationally acknowledged as being rich in diversity and intensity but are subject to natural weathering in the hot arid climate. Dr Ian MacLeod has spent 35 years studying the decay of materials in the cultural landscape and has worked on the conservation of rock art in the Kimberley, Murchison and the Wheatbelt. Dr MacLeod will present on the chemistry of rock surfaces and the impact of natural and man-made materials on the micro-organisms that control the biodeterioration on the rocks.

6.00pm, Wednesday 24 September 2014
NWS Shipping Theatre, Western Australian Maritime Museum

Geraldton

The wreck of the Zuytdorp, 1712

Dr Philip Playford, former Director of the Geological Survey of WA and renowned geologist and historian will present

7:00pm, Thursday 31 July 2014
Museum ‘ Geraldton, Museum Place, Batavia Coast Marina

The Geology of Shark Bay

Dr Philip Playford, former Director of the Geological Survey of WA and renowned geologist and historian will presen

10:00am, Friday 1 August 2014
WA Museum ‘ Geraldton, Museum Place, Batavia Coast Marina

Kalgoorlie

Welcome to the Ghostfields

Lorraine Horsley and Kelly Vidorin

5:30pm, Wednesday 11 June 2014
WA Museum ‘ Kalgoorlie Boulder, 17 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie

Behind the scenes in Western Australian Museum’s DNA Laboratory

Dr Gaynor Dolman, Manager and Research Scientist, Molecular Systematics Unit, WA Museum

5:30pm, Wednesday 13 August 2014
WA Museum ‘ Kalgoorlie Boulder, 17 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie

Karratha and Port Hedland

Dinosaurs and other creatures of the Cretaceous greenhouse world

Dr Mikael Siversson, Curator of Palaeontology, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, WA Museum

Join Dr Mikael Siversson as he presents a time in our planet’s history when giant dinosaurs walked the earth, plane-sized pterosaurs patrolled the skies, and enormous crocodilians lurked in the rivers.

6.00pm, Thursday 19 June 2014
Karratha Community Library, Dampier Hwy, Karratha

6.15pm, Friday 20 June 2014
South Hedland Town Centre, Flicks in the Square, Port Hedland

10.30am, Saturday 21 June 2014
South Hedland Library, Leake Street, South Hedland