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Unit Overview


The relationship between climate and vegetation has been highlighted for more than a century and botanical data such as pollen and spores are now widely used to infer past climatic parameters as well as ages and correlations of sedimentary successions. Palynology and paleobotanical data are used in a wide range of activities including energy exploration, carbon capture and storage, and characterization of aquifers. This unit focuses on main concepts related to palynology and paleobotany and introduces key groups of palynomorphs with stratigraphic significance at various taxonomic levels. Emphasis is placed on the development of practical skills in palynology including the application of palynofacies analysis and integration of palynological data with geological, geochemical and geophysical data in paleoenvironmental studies.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an advanced understanding of key concepts related to palynology; (2) classify key groups of palynomorphs; and (3) apply knowledge and skills to biostratigraphic dating and paleo-environmental reconstruction relevant to basin history and resources.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical exercises; (2) quizzes and reports; and (3) oral presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Daniel Peyrot
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) GEOS4412 Petroleum Systems
Advisable prior study
GEOS4419 Biostratigraphy
and EART3344 Basin Analysis
or GEOS4418 Basin Analysis Techniques or equivalent
Contact hours
workshops: 2 x 3–4 hours per week
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