Patricia Vickers-Rich

IGCP chairperson

Patricia received her BA at the University of California (Berkeley, 1966) and her MS and PhD from Columbia University (New York, 1968,1972), in Geosciences with an emphasis on Palaeobiology. Over her career she has mentored more than 60 PhD students and published more than 170 peer reviewed scientific papers, written a number of research books as well as popular publications, including two with Nobel Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta on the geology of Timor-Leste for children, now in more than 20 languages. Patricia's interests in the evolution of life, climate and envionment, spanning the last billion or more years has led her to fund and lead expeditions to Saudi Arabia, Africa, Siberia, Central Australia, Patagonia, and other places, many supported by grants from the National Geographic Society over more than 30 years. She was the first in her family, with Cherokee heritage, to have a chance attend University and thus along with her passion for research on the origin and history of life she is equally determined to bring the wonder of science to children. She founded the Monash Science Centre in Melbourne, which has now evolved into PrimeSci!, an organization which brings science to primary and secondary aged kids in a number of ways - in school presentations, exhibitions, family science nights, science clubs, publications - both in Australia and globally - all directed by the very scientists who are generating the research. Their enthusiasm is infectious.

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