Peter Barrett

Geologist, Person


Who is Peter Barrett?

Peter Barrett, NZAM, is a geologist who first rose to fame for discovering the first tetrapod fossils in Antarctica in 1967.

Barrett first went to the Antarctica with the University of Wisconsin in 1962, but it was during his PhD with the Institute of Polar Studies at Ohio State University in 1966 and 1968 that Barrett discovered the early Triassic period tetrapod remains. After finishing his PhD, he took up a postdoctoral fellowship at Victoria University of Wellington to run an Antarctic expedition. Recent research has been core sampling in the Antarctic to determine historical conditions.

He is currently professor in the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington and was director of the ARC from its founding in 1972 until 2007. For many years he was the New Zealand representative on Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.

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on July 23, 2013


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