Public lectures

Hear about our research through public lectures delivered by researchers in the Wellington Faculty of Science.

Blood from a stone: A fossil history of life, death and the mayhem in between

To the best of our knowledge, Earth is the only place in the universe that is home to life.

How and why has this life developed? What were the great explosions of biodiversity that launched the living world? And what are the Earth-crunching crises that nearly ended it all?

In a series of lectures, palaeontologists from Victoria University of Wellington and GNS Science explored these questions, whilst looking at our own stunning fossil record found on the wobbly nugget of rock known as Aotearoa that sits atop the drowned continent of Zealandia.

The give and take of biodiversity: Life on Earth

Geologist Professor James Crampton traced the development of complex life and ecosystems around the world over the past 600 million years.

The give and take of biodiversity: Mass extinctions

Over the past 600 million years the biodiversity on Earth has been decimated in a series of massive extinction events. Palaeontologist Associate Professor Mike Hannah looked at these events, which have forever changed the course of life on Earth, and explored whether we’re living through one today.

He was joined by Wellington Zoo's Conservation Manager, Clare Stringer, who spoke about the role of zoos (and everyone) to make a difference at this pivotal moment in time.