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Please join us on 7th April at 2pm (AEST – Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane time) for the next WOMEESA virtual seminar. 


On the first Wednesday of each month a WOMEESA member will present a seminar about their research. Our seminar series aims to increase the visibility of women in science and provide inspiring role models. Seminars will be hosted on zoom, details below. All welcome (including non-members) so please share with your institutions and organisations. 


Wednesday 7 April 2021, 2pm AEST (Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne time)


“The Brilliant Billion in Earth’s history – life and mineral deposits”

Register to attend zoom seminar here

Dr Mukherjee’s research involves understanding pyrite trace element and sulphur isotope geochemistry of Proterozoic marine black shales using LA-ICP-MS and SHRIMP-SI techniques, with a particular focus on nutrient-productivity cycles in past oceans and atmosphere-ocean redox state in the context of biological evolution in the Proterozoic era. Dr Mukherjee also uses pyrite chemostratigraphy to assess mineralisation potential of black shales. This presentation will expand on the research foundations built over the course of Dr. Mukherjee’s PhD and post-doc., targeting both fundamental and applied aspects of geochemistry. The former involves advancing our knowledge of Precambrian atmosphere-ocean dynamics in shaping the course of early evolution of life. The latter involves utilisation of the geochemical data combined with statistical tools, for applications such as biogenicity tools, predictive modelling, and mineral exploration.

Dr. Indrani Mukherjee is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Geochemistry at CODES, University of Tasmania. She completed her PhD in 2018 from the University of Tasmania under the supervision of Professor Ross Large. She acquired her B.Sc (Honours) and M.Sc in Geology degrees from the University of Delhi, India. Indrani’s main focus has been on understanding pyrite trace element and sulphur isotope geochemistry in Precambrian marine black shales. Her research ties past geochemical conditions of the atmosphere-ocean system to evolution of early complex life and secular distribution of ore deposits through time. She aims to apply the pyrite LA-ICP-MS technique towards developing a deep time model for evolution of complex life and devising vectors to SEDEX Zn-Pb and sedimentary Cu mineralisation.

We are also compiling existing seminars by women in earth and environmental sciences on our website, you can check them out here: https://www.womeesa.net/seminarseries. For enquiries about the WOMEESA seminar series please contact Melanie.Finch@monash.edu.



The Women in Earth and Environmental Sciences Australasia Network (WOMEESA)


7th April 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST
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