Evolution of the lower Manawatu valley

Dr Alastair Clement Massey University

March Manawatu RSNZ Branch meeting
7.30 pm Tuesday, 18 March, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326
Main Street, Palmerston North

The Manawatu region features outstanding geomorphology produced by a
broad range of processes. In this talk, Alastair Clement will take us
on a tour of the landforms of the lower Manawatu valley discussing the
formation and evolution of the landscape, from the features we can see
today, to those that we might not know exist because they’ve been
eroded or buried.  Alastair will draw from published and unpublished
research, including his PhD which investigated how the lover valley
evolved over the past 10,000 years in response to sea-level changes.

Alastair Clement is a Lecturer in Physical Geography at Massey
University. Alastair completed his PhD at Massey in 2011, looking at
the evolution of the lower Manawatu valley. Most recently Alastair has
been collaborating with colleagues from New Zealand, Australia, and
the UK working to refine our understanding of how sea levels changed
around New Zealand during the late Quaternary.  All warmly welcome.


Talks of Interest during March 2014

DOC interactions with marine life along our coast

7.30 pm Tuesday, 11 March,
Central Library, 4 The Square, Palmerston North

Clinton Purches (Department of Conservation) will present on the marine biodiversity along the region’s coast.

All welcome. A gold coin donation is appreciated.

Millennium Seed Bank Project
by Michael Way

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom
5.30 pm – 7.30 pm Wednesday, 19 March, Tiritea House and Gardens, Massey University, Turitea

Michael Way will talk about the significance of the Millennium Seed Bank Project, the largest ex-situ plant conservation project in the world, and the work being undertaken here in New Zealand.

All welcome/ Please RSVP by Monday, 17 March to massey.foundation@massey.ac.nz
or 06 350 5464

Exploring the Unknown – to Mars and Beyond

6.30 pm Monday, 24 March, Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Dr Charles Elachi (Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory) will share his work developing robotics and other high-tech devices to explore the unknown worlds of our solar system. Following JPL’s successful mission to Mars last year, when Curiosity made a near impossible landing on our sister planet, he has many behind-the-scenes stories to share.

This is a free public event. All welcome.