Researcher Profiles

Head of School

Allen Nutman


  • Early Precambrian crustal evolution, terrestrial differentiation and emerging life environments
  • This is undertaken via integrated field studies (including geological mapping), geochemistry and zircon U-Pb geochronology. Main focus for research is Greenland

Professors & Professorial Fellows

Professor Allan ChivasAllan R. CHIVAS

  • Chemical hydrology, palaeoceanography & atmospheric chemistry
  • Low-temperature geochemistry-chemical, C-14, C1-36 & stable-isotope studies of the formation and evolution of modern and ancient lake basins, etc
  • Chemical and isotopic studies of ore deposits

Richard Fullagar 1Richard FULLAGAR

  • Use-wear and residue analysis
  • History of plant food processing
  • Modern human evolution and dispersal into Australia
  • Australian and Pacific archaeology

Zenobia JacobsZenobia JACOBS

  • Development of optically stimulated luminescence dating techniques for individual sand grains
  • Extending the age range of luminescence dating of quartz
  • Timing of the anatomical and behavioural origins of Homo sapiens in Africa and their dispersal ‘Out of Africa’
  • Quaternary environmental change and its impact on the evolution and dispersal of Homo sapiens
  • Comparing the behaviour of Homo sapiens in Africa and Neanderthals in Europe

John Morrison


  • Estuarine science & management especially nutrient budgeting
  • Soil genesis and management
  • Small island environments
  • Linking coastalzone and catchment management
  • Environmental chemistry 

Colim Murray-Wallace May08 small


  • Quaternary studies and global environmental change
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • Amino acid racemisation, coastal evolution and sea-level change
  • Neotectonics

Gerald NansonGerald C. NANSON

  • River channel erosion
  • Floodplain formation of rivers of arid and tropical regions
  • Quaternary environmental change
  • Thermoluminescence dating 

Bert RobertsRichard (Bert) ROBERTS

  • Past and present human/environment interactions
  • Scientific dating methods for the earth, biological and archaeological sciences
  • Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of individual sand grains
  • Human evolution and dispersal in Africa, Asia and Australia
  • Quaternary megafaunal extinction, climate change and landscape evolution 

Colin WoodroffeColin D. WOODROFFE

  • Coastal processes
  • Estuarine studies
  • Mangrove ecology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Sea-level change
  • Coral atolls  

Associate Professors & Principal Fellows

Laurie ChisholmLaurie CHISHOLM

  • Remote sensing, GIS, and advanced modelling techniques to investigate impacts of both natural and anthropogenic disturbances on the dynamics of ecological systems
  • Specific interests in hyperspectral remote sensing for detection of vegetation stress, monitoring vegetation health, and discrimination between vegetation species, including exotic weeds

Tim CohenTim COHEN

  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • Arid zone geomorphology
  • Palaeoclimatology and Quaternary studies
  • Geochronology
  • River and catchment management

Tony DossetoTony DOSSETO 

  • Catchment erosion response to climate change over the last glacial cycle. Landscape response/adaptation to climate change?
  • Soil production and erosion. Combined use of uranium-series and cosmogenic isotopes to study evolution of weathering profiles and soil resources
  • Sediment production and transport. How fast are sediments produced, stored and exported? Study of small and large catchments under various climates (semi-arid to temperate southeastern Australia, tropical Puerto Rico)
  • The production of silicic magmas. Study of the mechanisms and rates of magma evolution in the crust and how they relate to eruptive styles

Chris FergussonChristopher FERGUSSON

  • Regional geology and tectonics of the Tasmanides of eastern Australia
  • Sedimentology of deep-marine sediments

Brian JonesBrian JONES

  • Petrology of petroleum reservoir rocks
  • Sedimentology of fluvial, fluvio-deltaic and volcaniclastic sequences
  • Basin analysis
  • Application of mathematical techniques to geological problems
  • Coastal ecology

Helen McGregorHelen McGREGOR 

  • Improve understanding of the El Niño‐Southern Oscillation (ENSO). I use fossil corals to extend ENSO records, explore its long-term variability, and reconstruct the seasonal evolution of individual ENSO events.
  • Past tropical climatology and oceanography, investigating the deglacial climatic history of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Understanding the role of the ocean in global for the past few thousand years and for the present day.

SzaboKatherine SZABO

  • Aquatic resource use in Southeast Asia
  • Shell artefacts of the tropical Asia-Pacific Neolithic
  • Metal age material culture in island Southeast Asia
  • Taphonomic processes and shell: reading life histories from shell surfaces
  • Shell as a raw material  

Senior Lecturers & Senior Fellows

Sol BuckmanSolomon (Sol) BUCKMAN

  • Ore deposit geology
  • Tectonics (China and Central Asia, Eastern Australia)
  • Paleofire records and sedimentation
  • Geological application of remote sensing 

Alexandru “Tibi” CodileanAlexandru T (Tibi) CODILEAN

  • Cosmogenic nuclide geochemistry
  • Controls on denudation and global sediment fluxes
  • Linking source to sink

Sarah Hamilton


  • Coral reefs, seagrasses and mangroves
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Modelling structural and functional processes in coastal systems
  • Modelling physical processes in the coastal zone
  • Landscape ecology
  • The social and cultural contexts of map use

 Bo LiBo LI

  • Development and improvement of luminescence dating techniques
  • Application of luminescence dating in geological and archaeological studies
  • Luminescence properties of quartz and feldspar from sediments
  • Luminescence dating of neotectonic activities
  • Quaternary environmental changes

MacKay profileAlex MACKAY

  • Human behavioural evolution
  • Late Pleistocene archaeology of southern Africa
  • Occupational dynamics of the southern African interior
  • Risk, demography and early technological systems
  • Mobility, territoriality and resource distribution



Samuel Marx

Samuel MARX

  • Aeolian geomorphology, long-range dust transport and the use of dust as a palaeo-environmental proxy.
  • Hydro-climate variability.
  • Atmospheric pollution and environmental accumulation of pollutants.
  • Geochemical tracers of physical processes.
  • Effects of anthropogenic activities on the environment, particularly erosion, sedimentation and pollution histories.
  • Coastal wetland dynamics.

Kerrylee RogersKerrylee ROGERS

  • Response of estuarine shorelines to sea-level rise.
  • Carbon store, sequestration and sources within coastal ecosystems.
  • Management of coastal ecosystems to maintain or enhance ecosystem services.

Gert van den Bergh


  • Evolution of Proboscideans (elephants and their kin)
  • Evolution of island mammals
  • Quaternary environmental change and catastrophic events and their impact on terrestrial fauna evolution and dispersal of hominins
  • Paleozoogeography of SE Asia
  • Taphonomy/zooarchaeology  

Lecturers & Fellows

Alastair CunninghamAlastair CUNNINGHAM

  • Statistical treatment of OSL data, especially for fluvial sediment
  • Modelling the radiation dose to grains in natural sediment
  • Quaternary environmental change in southern Africa

Junjie DENG

  • Numerical modelling on coastal and estuary long-term morphodynamic evolution
  • Effects of sea level and climate changes on coastal geomorphological changes
  • Sediment budget quantification and sediment source to sink transport

Florian DuxFlorian DUX

  • Clumped-isotope mass spectrometry in palaeothermometry
  • Trace-elements using ICP-MS in calcite/aragonite as environmental proxy
  • Culturing of carbonate secreting organisms (charophytes, ostracods and unionids)

Jenny FisherJenny FISHER

  • My research centres on investigating the sources, chemical evolution, and transport pathways of atmospheric pollution. I use a global chemical transport model combined with observational data sets (ground-based, aircraft, and satellite) to increase our fundamental understanding of the impacts of human activity and natural processes on atmospheric composition in diverse environments.

Xiao FuXiao FU 

  • Developing luminescence dating techniques using quartz and feldspar;
  • Luminescence dating of neotectonic activities;
  • Luminescence dating of archaeological materials;
  • Luminescence dating of Quaternary sediments with different backgrounds


Reka Fulop

Réka- Hajnalka FÜLÖP 

  • Surface process rates and sediment residence times in rivers using cosmogenic in situ 14C.
  • Controls on denudation rates as derived using 10Be in river sediment.
  • CO2 and CH4 dynamics in Siberian permafrost soils.

Susan (Suz) LuongSusan (Suz) LUONG

  • Degradation and transformation of organic molecules and using the information to piece together a sequence of events

Dr Mike MorleyMike MORLEY

  • Sediments, stratigraphy and microstratigraphy
  • Archaeological caves and rockshelters
  • Archaeological site formation processes
  • Middle and Late Pleistocene hominin dispersals
  • Human-environment interactions
  • Fluvial, coastal and montane geomorphology and landscape dynamics
  • Tephrochronology





Last reviewed: 18 December, 2017