School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tim CohenA/Prof Tim Cohen

Phone: +61 2 4239 2375
Room: B41.G

Wollongong Isotope Geochronology Lab (WIGL)

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  • Senior Lecturer
Professional profile

Fluvial geomorphology and late Quaternary chrono-stratigraphy and palaeoclimatology. This incorporates field-based investigations using topographic analyses, sedimentology, spatial analysis and geochronology (optically stimulated luminescence – OSL).

  • Program Co-ordinator – Bachelor of Environmental Science (since 2012)
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong (since 2011)
  • Previous position, Lecturer, Macquarie University (2009-2010)
  • PhD, University of Wollongong, Australia, 2003
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Research interests
  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • Arid zone geomorphology
  • Palaeoclimatology and Quaternary studies
  • Geochronology
  • River and catchment management
Current projects
Potential Honours Topics
  • Lake shoreline morpho-stratigraphy of Lake George
  • Historical channel changes on the Barnard River, Manning catchment (industry collaboration – Mid-coast Water)
  • The effectiveness of river rehabilitation works in East Gippsland – a pathway for river recovery (industry collaboration – East Gippsland CMA)
  • Role of climate variability on river channel dimensions
  • Extreme floods on the south coast – records from levees
  • Bankfull discharge on south coast streams
  • Analysing fluvial stratigraphy using GPR
  • Using GIS to quantify landscape morpho-metrics of the Great Dividing Range (in conjunction with Tibi Codilean)
  • Identifying breakpoints in rainfall data series on the east coast of NSW (done with Thomas Suesse in statistics).
Potential PhD Topics
  • Using sedimentary archives to determine palaeoenvironments and moisture sources in continental Australia
  • Bankfull discharge on Australian rivers
  • Flow transmission in revegetating catchments
Selected Key Publications

Searchable Publications

  • May, J.-H., Barrett, A., Cohen, T.J., Jones, B.G., Price, D., Gliganic, L.A., (2015) Late Quaternary evolution of a playa margin at Lake Frome, South Australia. Journal of Arid Environments, 93-108, 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.06.012.
  • Baggs-Sargood, M., Cohen, T.J., Thompson, C.J., Croke, J. (2015) Hitting rock bottom: morphological responses of bedrock-confined streams to a catastrophic flood. Earth Surface Dynamics. doi:10.5194/esurfd-2-1093-2014.
  • Cohen, T.J., Jansen, J.D., Gliganic, L.A., Larsen J.R., Nanson, G.C., May, J.-H., Jones, B.G., Price, D.M. (2015) Hydrological transformation coincided with megafaunal extinction in central Australia. Geology, doi:10.1130/G36346.1.
  • May, J.-H., Wells, S.G., Cohen, T.J., Nanson, G.C., Baker, S.E., (2015) Soil geomorphic relations on late Quaternary beach ridges of Mega-Lake Frome, South Australia. Quaternary Research, 83, 150-165. doi: 10.1016/j.yqres.2014.11.002
  • Gliganic, L.A., May, J.-H., Cohen, T.J. (2014). All mixed up: Using single-grain equivalent dose distributions to identify phases of pedogenic mixing on a dryland alluvial fan. Quaternary International. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.07.040.
  • Pook, M.J., Risbey, J.S., Ummenhofer, C.C., Briggs, P.R., Cohen, T.J. (2014) A synoptic climatology of heavy rain events in the Lake Eyre and Lake Frome catchments. Frontiers in Environmental Science, doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2014.00054.
  • Kermode, S.J., Cohen, T.J., Reinfelds, I.V., Jones, B.G. (2014). Modern depositional processes in a confined, flood-prone setting: Benches on the Shoalhaven River, NSW, Australia. Geomorphology, 228, 470-485.


Last reviewed: 12 December, 2017