The Sprigg Geobiology Centre
The Sprigg Geobiology Centre (SGC) is a new initiative of the University pooling expertise within geobiology, to understand how organisms both alter and evolve in response to the environment and how they control geologic processes. The SGC endeavors to understand fundamental questions such as the controls of the first complex life on Earth as well as the geobiological controls that influence the sustainability of human society through resources, energy, and environment.
The expertise extends from ecological and evolutionary processes in response to modern environmental change to past changes in the biosphsere triggering animal evolution and radiation. It also includes intrinsically integrated geological and biological processes in sustainable energy in the form of geothermal resources, the multi-billion dollar energy revolution/environmental crisis associated with shale and coal steam gas, and remediation of carbon pollution and heavy metal pollution.
The Centre recognizes the great scientific contributions of Reg Sprigg AO to humanity that integrated geology and biology in both fundamental and applied science. His discovery of the Ediacaran fauna provided a fundamental piece of the understanding of the origin of complex life on this planet. He played a leading role in energy resource development (an applied geobiological science) in South Australia evident in the founding of Santos and Beach Petroleum, and was a founding member of the Geological Society of Australia. . He was also a conservationist who turned a derelict grazing property into the national geologic and ecological treasure that is the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. These accomplishments underscore Sprigg’s pioneering career and offer inspiration to young South Australians at the University of Adelaide.
Co-evolution of Earth, Life and Habitability.