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When:
2 August, 2016

Location:
Carslaw Lecture Theatre 175

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USYD Geoscience Society


Title: A geological perspective on the Anthropocene
When: August 2, 2016 @ Carslaw Lecture Theatre 175, 2-3pm

Dr Sabin Zahirovic
School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney

Sabin received his PhD from The University of Sydney in 2015. He currently works as a post-doc at the School of Geosciences, with his research focusing on global and regional plate tectonic reconstructions. Sabin also works with the Deep Carbon Observatory in linking deep-time plate tectonics, the carbon cycle and long-term climate change. As part of his first-year teaching in GEOS1001, Sabin presents a lecture on the Anthropocene from a geological perspective, which forms the inspiration for this introductory talk.

Title: A geological perspective on the Anthropocene
When: August 2, 2016 @ Carslaw Lecture Theatre 175, 2-3pm

The Anthropocene has been proposed as a new epoch within the geological time scale. As the dominant species, we have been engineering the environment to sustain ever-growing populations, and in doing so, we have contributed to fundamental changes in the Earth system. Our activities and the resulting environmental changes are being captured by the geological record, such as the incorporation of anthropogenic lead, plastics, radioactive isotopes and other components into the sedimentary record. In this introductory talk I will cover the origins of the human species, and how we have left a permanent mark on the planet. In addition, I will discuss what parameters and markers in stratigraphy can be used to define the onset of the Anthropocene.