Biography of Elizabeth Truswell
Darwin as a Geologist – Biographical Reflections
Elizabeth Truswell FAA
Department of Earth and Marine Sciences (Research
School of Earth Sciences) ANU
ELIZABETH TRUSWELL was born in Kalgoorlie, WA. She has
spent much of her working life as a geoscientist, holding
an Honours degree from the University of Western Australia
and a PhD from Cambridge University. After post-doctoral
study in the USA, she worked as a palaeontologist and environmental
geoscientist with the Australian Geological Survey Organisation
(now Geoscience Australia) holding the position of a Chief
Research Scientist from 1992-1996.
She has published more than 80 papers dealing with geological
timescales, flowering plant origins, the reconstruction
of past vegetation and environments in Australia and Antarctica,
and topics concerned with evolution of aspects of the Australian
flora. Her research was acknowledged with her election
as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1985.
In 1997, in response to a long held interest in drawing
and painting, she enrolled in Visual Arts at the Australian
National University, graduating with Honours in painting
in 2000. Her interests in the field of art history include
the art of the early voyages of discovery to Antarctica,
and the interrelationships between art and science.
artworks are held in a number of collections in both Europe
and Australia, including ANU and Geoscience Australia in
Canberra. Her first solo exhibition “Drawing on the Past” was
held at the ANCA Gallery in Canberra in 2005.
She has an ongoing interest in the relationship between
art and science. In 2005 she was a plenary speaker at the
annual conference (Conasta) of the Australian Science Teachers
Association; in June 2006 she was invited to present a paper
at the Canberra conference “From Stars to Brains” dealing
with the development of art as part of the evolution of human
Administrative positions in science have included membership
of the Management Board, Antarctic Co-operative Research
Centre (1991 – 1997); Member, Antarctic Science Advisory
Committee (1992 – 1998); Member and Deputy Chair, Management
Board, CRC for Australia's Coastal Zone (1999 – 2006); Member,
Australian National Commission for UNESCO (1992 – 1998);
Council Member, National Youth Science Forum, 2007 – present.
Elizabeth Truswell currently works as a Visiting Fellow
at the Department of Earth and Marine Sciences at ANU, dividing
her time between ongoing scientific research and making art.
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