Sep 192016
8th and 9th October
10am to 2pm

The Brisbane Open House is a free public festival that celebrates Brisbane’s architecture and offers behind-the-scenes access to 100 buildings across the city.

The Queensland Herbarium is the centre for science and information on Queensland’s plants, animals and ecosystems, and is part of the Queensland Government’s Department of Science, IT and Innovation. It was established in 1859 and is Queensland’s first and oldest scientific institution.

Guided tours will be held hourly across the weekend.

Specimens on display will include plants collected by the early explorers and the type specimen for Cyttaria septentrionalis.

There will be a special Fungi presentation and tour beginning at 2pm on the 9th October.

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(© Megan Prance)

(© Megan Prance)

Sep 162016
"Fungal diversity in maritime Antarctic soils"

Dr Paul Dennis is a Lecturer in Soil and Environmental Science in UQ’s School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, where he also runs a research group focusing on microbial ecology.

Paul graduated from the University of Bangor in North Wales with a BSc Hons in Environmental Science in 2002. He then worked at Rothamsted Research, the world’s oldest agricultural research station, for a year on heavy metal contamination of soils. From 2003-2007 he did a PhD in the ecology of plant-microbe interactions at Rothamsted, University College London and London’s Natural History Museum. He then worked with the British Antarctic Survey, between 2007-2010, on the biodiversity of maritime Antarctic soils. During this period he visited Antarctica twice for a total of nine months. In 2010 he moved to Australia to join UQ’s Australian Center for Ecogenomics where he applied state-of-the-art sequencing technologies to the ecology of microorganisms in a range of environments. In 2013 he started his own lab in the School of Agriculture and Food Science and focuses on quantifying and reduces the impacts of agriculture on the environment and on understanding the impacts of environmental change on Earth’s microbial biodiversity.

For more about Paul, see:

There will be also be a report on the Collections and Descriptions Workshop that was held in October.