Join us for an online, lunchtime seminar with Senior Scientist & Curator at Queensland Museum Dr Scott Hocknull covering paleontological resources (i.e fossils), where they are most likely to be found in Far North Queensland, how to recognise them, and what to do if they are discovered on an industry or development site.
Dr Hocknull has developed numerous multifaceted projects that bring together industry, philanthropy, multidisciplinary science and local communities to form long-term projects in palaeontology.
Meet the speaker:
Dr Scott Hocknull | Vertebrate palaeoecologist, Queensland Museum
Dr Scott Hocknull is a vertebrate palaeoecologist, passionate science communicator and 3D digitisation and virtual technology advocate and practitioner in the museum community. He has over 20 years of experience in palaeontology having published his first paper aged 16, at the time Australia’s youngest scientific author. He started at Queensland Museum in 1990 as a 12-year-old volunteer, working in the palaeontology and geology department, and then landing his first job as a Queensland Museum Interpretation Officer, aged 17. In 2000 his dream job as a palaeontologist for Queensland Museum came true, making him then the youngest museum curator in Australia at age 22. Among other honours, Scott was awarded the Young Australian of the Year in 2002, which provided him a unique platform to develop and promote Australian vertebrate palaeontology research and community engagement, whilst leading a wide range of new areas of exploration, discovery and research. Scott is passionate about applying new technologies to museum collections so that we can better interpret and demonstrate our natural and geo-heritage.
He is currently working on new 3D digital and virtual ways to better capture our fossil heritage in digital perpetuity whilst using this same technology to do robust research and engage the public by providing more in-depth experiences with Australia’s vast fossil heritage. Scott is an advocate for strong regional and remote connections between museums, especially new and developing museums that house important fossil and geological collections. Scott has developed numerous multifaceted projects that bring together industry, philanthropy, multidisciplinary science and local communities to form long-term projects in palaeontology.
Scott also mentors and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students through Honours, Masters, PhD and volunteer programs.
This event will run off Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) and will be recorded for those unable to make the live event.