DescriptionThis course consists of a two-day workshop and a field trip (Field Trip on Thursday 26, 15:30-17:30);;A book recently published by Cambridge University Press ("The Artist and the Scientists") provides the basis for this series of lectures and workshops, as well as a "field trip" on the KAUST campus. The book provides an in depth look at how art is so important in communicating the science of palaeobiology - what the world was like in the past 600+ million years. Each of the artworks in this book is backed up by text written by the scientists who are presenters in this program and the artist who put the pictures together. Fossils of plants and animals, the very rocks themselves representing the sediments which entombed the fossils and the chemistry of those rocks, will be on show for the students to examine - all have something to provide scientist and artist alike the ability to reconstruct a long lost world. In the lectures and workshops students will meet the authors of this book, make their own casts of the fossils that the art has relied upon, they will look through microscopes at the tiny remains of spores and pollen that allowed the plant world around the animals to be reconstructed and they will have a chance at producing a piece of art which reconstructs the ancient environment that long ago existed where KAUST is today. Two time periods will be explored in detail - the time of the dinosaurs (some 100 million years ago) and the time of the first animals on the planet (some 550 million years ago). An understanding of our past makes it possible to predict and plan for a sustainable future.
Dr Fayek Kattan is a geologist who works with the Saudi Geological Survey. His long term interest has been the Arabian Shield, which makes up much of the NW part of the Kingdom. Dr Rich, Tim Rich, and Patricia Vickers-Rich have worked with him in the field in the Kingdom for many years in search of the Earth's oldest animals, the Ediacarans, which students will meet in the program presented in this program
Patricia Vickers Rich
Dr. Patricia Vickers Rich is the Founding Director of the Monash Science Centre and Professor of Palaeontology in the School of Geosciences, Monash University in Melbourne.
Peter Trusler is a graduate student in geology at Monash University and the artist who has rendered the art work to be presented at this Winter Enhancement Program. He has been painting since he was 14 and also finished his undergraduate degree at Monash University in Zoology. He is not only a brilliant artist but likewise a superb anatomist and has a lifelong interest in birds.
Mr Tim Rich is a fossil technician working on preparing fossils from Australia that are over 100 million years old and will be in charge of the casting operation (each student will go away with their own fossil collection!). He is working on a PhD in politics at Monash University in Melbourne with his interest in the Middle East. He enjoys, as a hobby, constructing and painting models and has been involved in field expeditions in South America, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Dr Tom Rich is curator of palaeontology at Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. He has led expeditions around the world, in the Antarctic, in North America, in Australia, and taken part in expeditions in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. He is interested in fossil mammals, especially those that lived during the time of the dinosaurs, the Mesozoic. He has written many books.
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