Director of the Environment Institute, Professor Bob Hill to kick off the Sprigg Geobiology Centre Seminar Series

Director of the Environment Institute, Professor Bob Hill will give a seminar entitled ‘The Decline of the Great Southern Rainforests: Cenozoic climate change and vegetation responses

Prof. Bob Hill

Prof. Bob Hill

Professor Hill’s botanical research research has made significant contributions to the areas of palaeobotany, plant systematics, plant ecophysiology and applying research from these areas to interpreting changed that have occurred to Australian flora through evolutionary time.

During his career, he has won many awards including the Clarke and Burbidge Medals for his research into the impact of long-term climate change on the evolution of Australian Vegetation. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Botany.

His lifetime interest in the evolution of the vegetation of Australia and Antarctica has seen Prof. Hill widley published on this subject. He is best known for his research on the fossil history of the southern beech, Nothofagus, and the southern conifers.

Join us for the first in the series of Sprigg Geobiology Centre Seminars for 2014.

When: Friday, March 14, 12:10pm
Where: Mawson Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide


Professor Bob Hill named as finalist in this year’s The Australian Innovation Challenge Awards

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Environment Institute Acting Director Professor Bob Hill has been named by The Australian newspaper as a finalist in this year’s The Australian Innovation Challenge Awards.

Professor Bob Hill

The Australian Innovation Challenge is a national search for the country’s greatest ideas in fields from environmental science to education. Run by The Australian in association with Shell, with the support of the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, the awards have seven professional categories, each carrying a prize of $5000. The overall winner will receive a further $25,000.

Professor Hill was named a finalist in the Education category for his leadership of a range of improvements to the first-year science program at the University of Adelaide. The program known as ‘Enhanced Learning in First-Year Sciences’ focuses the curriculums on 10 big questions and has resulted in recruitment and retention rates in undergraduate science courses increasing.

Congratulations are awarded to Professor Hill and good luck when the winner is announced on 11 December in Sydney.

Read the full media release

Find out more about the Australian Innovation Challenge Awards