Robert Gastaldo, the Whipple-Coddington Professor of Geology, is the featured speaker at the New Hampshire Geological Society’s fall meeting. Gastaldo talk is titled “The Terrestrial Record of the End-Permian Mass Extinction – Karoo Province, South Africa,” which will discuss the end-Permian extinction event as it is recorded in South Africa, as a model for the Sixth Extinction that we now face.

Gastaldo will be joined by Colby’s Instructional Technologist Tim Stonesifer, and together they will show a virtual reality “tour” through one of the classic South African localities, Bethel farm, in the Free State. Last year Gastaldo and Stonesifer presented this “tour” during last year’s GSA meetings in Indianapolis where participants put on VR goggles and “fly” through the locality and inspect the geology at various spatial scales, immersing themselves in a 360-degree view of the research area.