Sprigg lecture series

Dr Reg Sprigg AO sm

Dr Reg Sprigg AO                                                      

The Sprigg lecture series provides visitors with access to the latest research and thinking around scientific and cultural discoveries at a local and global level and to engage with scientific ideas that affect them and their world, now and in the future.

These free lectures commemorate the life of Dr Reg Sprigg AO, a remarkable South Australian geologist who discovered the world’s oldest fossilised animals in the Flinders Ranges in 1946, now internationally recognised as the Ediacara fossils.


Sprigg lecture series: Professor Bronwyn Gillanders - Giant Australian cuttlefish in South Australian waters

Bronwyn GillandersTuesday 14th August, 6pm – 7pm (the Museum will open to guests at 5:30pm, with a complimentary glass of wine available prior to the talk)

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What do we really know about the Giant Australian Cuttlefish? A recent dramatic decline and then rapid recovery of numbers of cuttlefish aggregating near Whyalla has sparked off new investigations. Professor Bronwyn Gillanders will present some of the scientific detective work that she and her team have done to unravel some of the species’ enigmatic biology and how it contrasts with global cephalopod abundance trends.

Professor Gillanders is a Professor at the University of Adelaide, where she runs the Gillanders Aquatic Ecology Lab, and has previously held ARC Fellowships. She completed her BSc at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), her MSc in Marine Science at the University of Otago (NZ) and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Sydney (Australia). She uses calcified structures of aquatic organisms as innovative tools to understand past environments and biological processes, such as age, growth and movement patterns. Her broader interests include integrated management and understanding cumulative environmental impacts.


Suitable for ages 12+

There is no need to print a physical ticket. Museum staff will check off your name at the door.

As places are strictly limited please cancel your Eventbrite booking if you are unable to attend so we can secure a place for others.

For booking enquiries, please call 8207 7575 or email programs@samuseum.sa.gov.au.


 Previous Sprigg lectures

Professor John Tibby, Mega-droughts and flooding rains: the natural climate history of eastern Australia, June 2018

Dr. Mike Lee, Snakes with legs and dinosaurs with wings,  April 2018

Dr. Phil Weinstein, Biodiversity and human health, November 2017.

Dr. Liz Reed, Naracoorte’s fossil caves: extraordinary windows into Australia’s recent past, August 2017

Dr. Peter Veth, Kimberley Visions: rock art dynamics of northern AustraliaMay 2017

Professor Aaron Corn, The Didjeridu: an Australian icon, March 2017

Professor Rachael Popelka-Filcoff, Spectroscopic Views into the Past,: Characterisation of Aboriginal Australian Pigments at the South Australian MuseumApril 2016