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Recent News

Eungella Birdweek and Bushwalking Festival
Eungella Birdweek and Bushwalking Festival

Member Kerensa McCallie, Manager, Conservation Programs with Wildmob, has announced the inaugural Festival, featuring guided bushwalks, birding excursions and social events. Eungella is located on the Clarke Range, approximately 65 km west of Mackay in Central Queensland. The area supports […]

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Early record books now online
Early record books now online

Early records of the Society and its predecessor the Queensland Philosophical Society are now available through the State Library of Queensland’s finding aid One Search. Minute books from 1883 to the 1940s are available in nine files. Four more files […]

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Mine rehabilitation 2
Mine rehabilitation 2

Member Corinne Unger, Senior Research Officer, Sustainable Minerals Institute, was interviewed by Wendy Harmer on an ABC Breakfast (Sydney) program on abandoned mines on 17 February. Corinne is an international expert on life-cycle analysis of mining. Corinne’s audio file is […]

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Landscape Health reports – free copies
Landscape Health reports – free copies

A stocktake has brought to light a few boxes of special issue Landscape Health of Queensland 2002. The depth of understanding by Queensland scientists of how to manage the State’s natural resources shines through the pages. A copy of the […]

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Snippets about Members and their activities

Vale Dr Alan Bartholomai AM (1938-2015)

Alan was Director of the Queensland Museum from 1969-1999, the longest serving Director in its history. Dr Bartholomai oversaw the relocation of the Queensland Museum from Fortitude Valley to South Bank Cultural Centre.

A renowned authority on Cretaceous era fish and Cenozoic marsupials, Dr Bartholomai is well-known by the public for his work in describing the Australian dinosaur Muttaburrasaurus with Ralph Molnar.

Dr Bartholomai was a member of the Royal Society of Queensland and served as President. An obituary will be published in the 2017 issue of the Society’s Proceedings.

Forthcoming Events

25 September 2017

Eungella Birdweek and Bushwalking Festival

Led by expert guides, you can participate in organised or optional activities. You can come for the day or stay for the whole week – 25 Sep. to 1 Oct.

Organised by Wildmob (not Royal Society). To book visit Wildmob’s site.

See all Royal Society events

Check Queensland Science Network for events by other scientific and citizen science bodies.

Recent Awards and Congratulations

Fellow of the National Academy

Assoc. Professor Sean Ulm

On 1 December 2015 the Australian Academy of the Humanities announced that Member Associate Professor Sean Ulm has been elected a Fellow.  Prof. Ulm is a Cairns-based ARC Future Fellow in the College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University.  The Academy describes him thus: “A specialist at the forefront of human-environmental studies in Aboriginal archaeology, particularly from coastal contexts in northern Australia and the Pacific, Ulm’s work is credited for recasting the nature of coastal occupation models from the Holocene period by integrating accurate climate models with forensic analysis of coastal sites.  He is highly regarded for his coordination of multidisciplinary expertise in the investigation of the prehistoric coastal record.”
We congratulate Sean on this important recognition of the scholarly influence and quality of his work.

UQ Gatton Gold Medal

PP Paul Sattler

Past President Paul Sattler OAM was awarded the University of Queensland Gatton Gold Medal at a ceremony on the campus on 15 December 2015.  Among a career lifetime of other achievements, Paul’s pioneering work in identifying regional ecosystems and applying this science in the 1990s as a tool for augmenting the National Park estate was a primary basis for the award.  In his acceptance address, Paul – himself a graduate of Gatton College – highlighted the need for a multidisciplinary approach in managing contemporary issues such as rangeland management, climate change, salinisation of soils and food security. Congratulations, Paul!

Life Member

Prof Ray Specht

Professor Emeritus Ray Specht, eminent plant ecologist, was invested as an Honorary Life Member at a ceremony held on 16 December 2015 at the EcoSciences Precinct, Boggo Road, Dutton Park. Prof Specht commenced his professional career as the youngest member of the American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land in 1948. With a scholarly paper published in 2012 and an encyclopaedia entry in 2013, his career has spanned 65 years.  Prof Specht launched Proceedings 120. The Society salutes him.