WEG was in attendance at the 2016 Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA) conference last week in the city of volcanoes, Auckland. Delegates arrived from across NZ, Australia and further afield, for a week of talks, poster sessions and field trips. The keynotes and public science talks were a real highlight with speakers like Chris Turney providing an overview of the state of the science in both contemporary and palaeo climate change. The conference was organised by Drew Lorry from NIWA with a team of supporting staff from NIWA and the University of Auckland. This was a brilliantly organised event hosted at Old Government House on the Auckland uni campus. I particularly enjoyed the excellent field trip on the Wednesday which took in vistas of the Auckland volcanic field and Hauraki gulf, majestic Kauri in the Waitakeri Ranges (Cascades Kauri Park), and the volcanic crater (maar) lake and volcanic deposits of Lake Pupuke.
WEG student Andrew Pearson gave his first conference presentation in the impromptu Speleothem session- well done Andy! Here’s a montage of photographs from the week.