Dear followers, apologies for the long delay in posting a new blog... we've all been incredibly busy!
First of all, happy ridiculously and ludicrously belated new year! Hope all your dreams and wishes are coming true! I know that ours here at the Gravelmonkeys are.
Our fearless leader, Eric Roberts, spent an extended period in Antarctica earlier this year, as some of you may have been aware. This was a part of the Antarctic Peninsula Paleontology Project, and a number of teams of scientists made their way to the frozen wilds to look for any fossils that may have been uncovered in the last few years - and by all accounts they were very successful! For a more in depth look at this trip, see our News & Media section for the Discover Magazine article.
Since our last post, Hannah has completed her PhD and is now working on a post doctoral research project here at JCU! I'm sure you'll all agree it's worth congratulating her again for her magnificent efforts! Cassy and Quaid are still working on their finishing touches for their theses and submitting papers as well, and we wish them all the luck (though we know they don't need it).
The Gravelmonkeys also welcomes some new recruits for the 2016 year! We have an Honours student, Tegan Beveridge, who is doing some research in the Kaiparowits Formation of Southern Utah, USA. We have a PhD student, Jelle Wiersma, who is working on the cave sediments and some geochronology work of the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. We have another PhD student, Jess Robbins, who is based in Cairns, and is also doing some work on the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. We also have another research exchange student from Macalester College in the USA, Grace Guenthner, who will be with us only a few more short weeks, but has been working on some research that she will put towards her senior thesis. We also welcome Paul Slezak, who has been studying his PhD on REEs here at JCU for over a year now. Despite his topic not being sedimentary, he has decided to join our group because of some shared interests with our geochronology work that we do here. So welcome one and all! It's a pleasure working with you all, and I hope we continue to for a long time to come!
In the meantime, everyone here is working hard on their research. Stay tuned for our next update, which I hope won't be another 6 months.