Cave - portraits

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This video is a behind-the-scenes meeting with all the individuals that made the trip into the Caves of the Nullarbor possible.

Transcription

Clay Bryce: Hi I’m Clay Bryce, out here on the Nularbor Plain my job here is as a production director, to get people out here safely, to make sure the production works on time and to get people home. The next profiles you’ll see will be various team members going about their various chores; they’ll also tell you something about themselves. Hi to Monika and Isabella. See you!

Sam: I’m Sam the camera man, I prefer to be on the other side of the lens but here I am. It’s raining but I’m still having a good time.

Gavin: Hi, I’m Gavin Prideaux and I’m a paleontologist at Flinders University at Adelaide. This is my fifth expedition out here to the Nullarbor Thylacleo cave and it’s a great experience to come out here and excavate in one of the best paleontology sites in Australia. We’re looking forward to really successful next couple of weeks finding some really exciting fossils. And a big hi to my kids Gus and Jade, maybe you guys can come along to the next trip.

Sam: G’day, my name is Sam Armen and I’m from Flinders University, where I’m a paleo’, and I’m just doing a little bit of a survey of the cave with my friend here the Turtle Station. Say “G’day mate”.

Nick: Hi, my name’s Nick Namen, I’m retired,  and I’m out here as a general field hand. Fantastic country, I love abseiling into the cave, that’s great fun. Climbing back up the rope ladder is verging on terrifying. But, the choice is stay down there I suppose… See you!

Dave: Hi I’m Dave, this my first time out anywhere near this remote, here in the middle of the Nullarbor. There’s a great team out here, a lot of fun, and I’m here to edit the video and assist with other kind of technical stuff.

Aiden: Hi, I’m Aiden, I’m from Flinders University, I’m a paleontology student, I just starting doing a PhD with Gavin Prideaux and we’re out here in the Nullarbor collecting some data which I’ll hopefully be able to use in my project. Hopefully some skeletons of some Kangaroos.

Grant: Hi I’m Grant, and I’m research assistant in the Flinders University paleontology lab, and I’m here to dig up some fossils, find some new discoveries, which I really enjoy, and remember kids, nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.

Minh: Hi my name is Minh Tran and I’m from letsmakegames.org, you may have seen me from the video clips on the WA Museum website. I’m also blogging daily as well. I make games for a living, I’m a software developer and I’m here to reconstruct the cave. And it’s really great here, I’m learning a lot of things, very interesting things for the first time, and I’m very grateful for that.

Rodger: My name’s Rodger, Rodger Matthews, I’m actually an oceanographer, I did palaeontology in my undergrad, and also found a fossil site down on the Eyre Pennisula, so I’ve been involved with them for quite some time. So I’m here enjoying the open air, getting down into the caves, and it’s all pretty good…

Nick: G’day I’m Nick, I’m just setting up getting ready to start screening the dirt that’s coming out of the cave. I’m a caver with an amateur interest in palaeontology.

Paul: G’day my name’s Paul Devine. I’m part of the team that initially discovered the cave and I’m today helping out with the roping and helping people get in and out of the cave safely, and I’m pretty keen on finding out what they’re finding down there.

Carey: My name’s Carey, I’m a lab technician down at Flinders University in the palaeontology lab, while we are out here in camp, I’m camp cook, camp organizer and I’m also in charge of getting the wet screening of the fossils together… It’s really good camping out here. It’s surviving I guess, with the limited resource you have on hand. It’s challenge I really do enjoy.