Final Free Lecture At SWOCC On June 7th

Southwestern Oregon Community College announces the final talk in the geology lecture series takes place on Saturday, June 7th at 7pm with “Precambrian Life on Land” by Dr. Gregory Retallack. This free lecture is at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on the SWOCC campus and is open to the public.

Dr. Retallack earned his BA from Macquarie University, Australia and PhD from New England University, Australia. Then he joined the faculty at UO where he continues as Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Director of the Condon Collection of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History. His research group is dedicated to the proposition that soils have a fossil record, like other living things. Current and future studies concern Cambrian explosion on land, Precambrian life on land and martian paleosols, with fieldwork in Newfoundland and Australia. This talk presents an overview of evidence for life on land back to the beginning of the useful fossil record, and a theoretical argument for the origin of life in soils.

For those not able to attend the June 7th lecture in person, all lectures are Livestreamed and archived, with access from the college website at Continuing sponsors of the lecture series include Oregon Resources Corporation, the SWOCC Foundation and the College. For information call 541-888-7216 or

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 5th, 2014 and is filed under Local News, Public Service Announcements.