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September Meeting: Dr Phaedra Upton.

7.30 pm Tuesday, 8 September, Caccia Birch House, Te Awe Awe Street, Palmerston North

How tectonic and surface processes interact to shape the landscape
Dr Phaedra Upton. GNS Science

Greetings! After the short-notice postponement of our August talk because of the COVID-19
alert level increases, we are back this month with the annual Hochstetter Lecture, which we
share with the Manawatū Branch of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand. Details are
below. Please note the shift in venue to Caccia Birch House, off Te Awe Awe Street, as our
usual Library space is unavailable. Provision has been made for the required social
distancing, and you are welcome to wear a mask if you wish.

Dr Phaedra Upton is the Geodynamics Team Leader at GNS Science,
where she has worked for the last 11 years.

She will explore recent developments in modelling tectonics and surface processes within a single deformational framework. She will focus on collisional settings such as New Zealand’s Southern Alps, SE Alaska and the Himalaya where rapid uplift combines with vigorous climate regimes to create dynamic landscapes.

August Meeting: Postponed

Updated 17-8-2020

Unfortunately, the Library meeting space where our Manawatu Branch holds its monthly lectures is unavailable due to the COVID-19 alert level two restrictions, so we are postponing Dr Cynric Temple-Camp’s talk originally scheduled for Tuesday, 18 August until a later date

August Meeting 2020

7.30 pm Tuesday, 18 August, Palmerston North Central Library,

George Street, Palmerston North

Reflections from a Potpourri of Death
Dr Cynric Temple-Camp

After our Covid-19 pause, we are starting our lecture programme with a particularly fascinating
lecture by local pathologist Dr Cynric Temple-Camp, whose most recent book, The Quick and the Dead: True stories of life and death from a New Zealand pathologist, is now in bookshops.

While some doctors prefer personal contact with their patients and administering care to the living Cynric Temple-Camp admits to preferring the ‘hard science’ of pathology – the observation, testing, gathering of evidence, making deductions – and searching for the scientific answers to questions posed by disease and death.

Come along to our meeting on 18 August to hear more about the fascinating world of the pathologist and how his investigations help the living as well as uncovering causes of death.