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Great Southern International Colloquium on Biodiversity – Granite Outcrops

Granite outcrops

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Catherine Vasiliu
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Biodiversity Research

All profits made on event registration went directly to UWA Albany’s Biodiversity Research.

On the 19 - 20 February 2016 the International Colloquium on Biodiversity took place with two events; a day of talks at the Kalyenup Studio, Albany Entertainment Centre and a public field trip led by Winthrop Professor Steve Hopper AC and other local and international guest scientists.

What happened at the Colloquium

The topic for the 2016 Colloquium, 'Life on Granite Outcrops' proved to be most interesting. Guest speakers covered aspects of specialised flora and fauna as well as hydrology and also relationships that exist in Noongar culture associated with granite outcrop locations.

The Public Colloquium on Friday 19 February was well attended and resulted in an enjoyable day of informative talks and discussions with leading international scientists.

Eugene Eades (Nowanup) began the day with a wonderful introduction to granite outcrops, a noongar perspective and Welcome to Country and a song with his niece Justice. Lunch and morning/ afternoon teas provided another excellent opportunity for attendees to meet the experts and continue discussions while enjoying the fabulous catering provided by the Albany Entertainment Centre.

International guest speakers, Dr Peggy L. Fiedler (University of California), Dr Fernando A. O. Silveira (University Federal de Minas Gerais Brazil) and Professor Stefan Porembski (University of Rostock) presented their work on granite rock environments. Copies of their presentations are below.

You can also view Winthrop Professor Steve Hopper AC, University of Western Australia presentation on the very interesting Karda Mia and wilgie gnamma (goanna shelters and red ochre pools).

Dr Peggy L. Fiedler [PDF, 4.9 MB]
Updated 10 Mar 2016

Prof. Steve Hopper [PDF, 4.3 MB]
Updated 10 Mar 2016

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Bus Excursion and Field Day to Albany’s spectacular granite outcrops

outcrop field tripIt was a perfect day for Saturday’s field trip which began at Lake Pleasant View Noongar Reserve where Vernice Gillies and Larry Blight led a very informative tour of the granites overlooking Lake Pleasant, Manypeaks.

They talked about the history of the area and how the traditional owners managed the land through use of mosaic fire regimes. They also talked about the many fascinating cultural traditions that have occurred at this location.

Lunch was held at Stony Hill, Torndirrup National Park, and the afternoon was spent at the Quaranup teaching rock, Whalers Cove and finished at Mt Melville in Albany where attendees were fully engaged in listening to stories of granite outcrops history and significance and also in sharing their own knowledge and interests with the group.


The International Colloquium on Biodiversity, Life on Granite outcrops was sponsored by the Great Southern Development Commission and The University of Western Australia.

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On behalf of the University of Western Australia and the Great Southern Development Commission, the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management (CENRM) would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the event and helped to make it a successful, informative and inspiring event. We hope that this will be the first of many International Colloquia on Biodiversity that CENRM will have the privilege of hosting.

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