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Colin John Lynam

volunteer seismologist, The University of Queensland

I have spent 40 years at The University of Queensland Seismograph Stations facility, as a technician and Seismologist Observer and Senior Technical Officer. .I am a joint author on 11 published scientific papers on Queensland,s earthquake activity. I have a postgraduate Diploma from QUT (2004) in Not-for-profit and Philanthropy studies.

I was a volunteer seismologist and Hon. Research Fellow in The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences until 2018. I am finalizing the archiving of 80 years of scientific records into the State Archives, to save them from destruction. I am interested in researching the process of preserving unique scientific data from the pre-digital era.


  • 2014–2018
    Honorary Research Fellow, The University of Queensland


  • 2004 
    Queensland University of Technology, Graduate Diploma in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
  • 1989 
    The University of Queensland, BArts
  • 1977 
    Queensland University of Technology, Certificate for Instrumentation Control, Technician


  • 2022
    Proceedings of Royal Society of Queensland, Coal Seam Gas Mining - An Assault on Farming Land, Water Resources and Property Rights Peter Dart1, Colin Lynam2, Revel Pointon3 and Geoff Edwards4
  • 2020
    Seismology Association of Australia, While You were Sleeping ...(Newsletter of Seismological Association of Australia Inc Sep 2020 )
  • 2020
    Proceedings of Royal Society of Queensland, On a Fine Day at Shorncliffe the Sea Came Boiling Upwards across the Bathers… (a tsunami paper for the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 128 ).
  • 2018
    Proceedings of Royal Society of Queensland, Queensland’s first scientifically documented earthquake of January 5th, 1879 at 7 PM located west of Townsville
  • 2017
    Seismology Association of Australia, In the 1950’s, a priest from Warwick (Qld) was inspired to discover cyclone related microseismic research on his home built instruments. Published on January 24, 2017

Professional Memberships

  • Grad EO, Engineers Australia
  • Vice President, Royal Society of Queensland (2022 -
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