David Flannery has submitted his PhD thesis to the University of New South Wales and has jetted off to California to commence a postdoctoral fellowship at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. David’s PhD research at the ACA focussed on depositional settings and stromatolites of the ~2.7 Ga Fortescue Group in Western Australia, where he found evidence, in the form of characteristic microbial fossils, that strongly suggests some stromatolites were constructed by cyanobacteria.

David’s projects at JPL include a focus on earlier evidence for life on Earth and Martian rover instrument development.

FLANNERY, D.T & WALTER, M.R. (2012): Archean tufted microbial mats and the Great Oxidation Event: new insight into an ancient problem, Australian Journal of Earth Sciences. DOI:10.1080/08120099.2011.607849

COFFEY JM, FLANNERY DT, WALTER MR, GEORGE SC. (2013) Sedimentology, stratigraphy and geochemistry of a stromatolite biofacies in the 2.72 Ga Tumbiana Formation, Fortescue Group, Western Australia. Precambrian Research, 236, 282-296.