As islands in a sea of terrestrial landscapes, granite outcrops offer endless fascination to the inquisitive. This talk summarises life observed on granite outcrops, from humble biofilms on bare rock to vertebrates, including human perspectives. Aboriginal elders in southwest Australia have generously shared traditional knowledge about granite outcrops, revealing layers of meaning from the superficial to profound. Present research through walking together with Noongars on the South Coast and further north at Dryandra will be summarised, together with recent searches with Badimia elders, for lizard shelters around Mount Magnet.
Steve Hopper, a previous Director of Kings Park and Botanic Garden (Perth 1992-2004) and Kew Gardens (London, 2006-2012), is Professor of Biodiversity at UWA with a particular interest in plants that live on granite rocks worldwide. His current work focuses on collaborative research on ethnobiology with Aboriginal people.