Cesca McInerney

Dr Cesca McInerney

ARC Future Fellow

School of Physical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr. McInerney examines how climate change influenced terrestrial ecosystems in the geologic past by analyzing the chemical signatures of fossilized plants.

Dr. McInerney’s research focuses on reading isotopic signatures from the rock record to understand the influence of past climate change on ancient ecosystems. She is interested in how plant communities and terrestrial biogeochemical cycles reacted to periods of global warming in the geologic past as a potential analogue to future climate change impacts.

Specifically, she analyzes the stable isotopic composition of fossilized plants and their preserved leaf waxes to reconstruct past climates and ecosystems. These leaf waxes are essentially molecular fossils that can retain information for millions of years about the plants that made them and the environments they lived in. In order to interpret these ancient chemical signatures, McInerney also studies modern plants and soils as a means of calibrating the isotopic tools she applies to the geologic record.

Current projects include:

• Palaeohydrology of the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming

• Palaeoecology of the Miocene of Ethiopia

• Isotopic and chemical signature of leaves as rainfall proxies

• Climatic influences on chemical and isotopic signatures of leaf wax n-alkanes in soils and plants across Australia

• Soil degradation of n-alkanes

• Palaeohydrology of the Holocene of Southeast Queensland

• Within species variation in leaf wax n-alkane abundance in relation to climate and leaf traits

• Isotopic signatures of canopy structure across the Cenozoic of Australia

• Isotopic tools for provenancing timber

• Palaeoclimate during Megafauna extinction in Australia

Students interested in using geochemical tools to explore past climate-ecosystem interactions in an Honours or PhD project should contact Dr. McInerney directly. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 - 2020 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2017 ARC Future Fellow University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2016 Adjunct Assistant Professor Northwestern University
    2006 - 2012 Assistant Professor Northwestern University
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Recognition Unsung Hero of South Australian Science Government of South Australia Australia
    2016 Invitation Keynote address, Australian Organic Geochemistry Conference, 2016
    2015 Invitation Invited Keynote Speaker at international Plant Waxes Conference ETH Zurich Switzerland
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    1996 - 2002 University of Chicago United States PhD
    1993 - 1996 University of Chicago United States Master of Science
    1987 - 1992 Yale University United States Bachelors
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2004 - 2006 Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow Smithsonian Institution United States
    2002 - 2004 BRIE Postdoctoral Fellow Pennsylvania State University United States
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Karp, A. T., Andrae, J. W., McInerney, F. A., Polissar, P. J., & Freeman, K. H. (2021). Soil carbon loss and weak fire feedbacks during Pliocene C₄ grassland expansion in Australia. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(2), e2020GL090964-1-e2020GL090964-10.
    2021 Munroe, S. E. M., McInerney, F. A., Andrae, J., Welti, N., Guerin, G. R., Leitch, E., . . . Sparrow, B. (2021). The photosynthetic pathways of plant species surveyed in Australia’s national terrestrial monitoring network. Scientific Data, 8(1), 97-1-97-10.
    2021 Denis, E. H., Maibauer, B. J., Bowen, G. J., Jardine, P. E., Harrington, G. J., Baczynski, A. A., . . . Freeman, K. H. (2021). Decreased soil carbon in a warming world: degraded pyrogenic carbon during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 566, 1-8.
    2020 Caddy-Retalic, S., Wardle, G. M., Leitch, E. J., McInerney, F. A., & Lowe, A. J. (2020). Vegetation change along a Mediterranean to arid zone bioclimatic gradient reveals scale-dependent ecotone patterning. Australian Journal of Botany, 68(8), 574-586.
    2020 Currano, E., Jacobs, B., Bush, R., Novello, A., Feseha, M., Grímsson, F., . . . Tabor, N. (2020). Ecological dynamic equilibrium in an early Miocene (21.73 Ma) forest, Ethiopia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 539, 1-15.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS5
    2020 Dong, N., Prentice, I. C., Wright, I. J., Evans, B. J., Togashi, H. F., Caddy-Retalic, S., . . . Lowe, A. J. (2020). Components of leaf-trait variation along environmental gradients. New Phytologist, 228(1), 82-94.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS17 Europe PMC4
    2020 Hill, K. G., Nielson, K. E., Tyler, J., McInerney, F., Doubleday, Z. A., Frankham, G. J., . . . Cassey, P. B. (2020). Pet or pest? Stable isotope methods for determining the provenance of an invasive alien species. NeoBiota, 59(59), 21-37.
    2020 Cheesman, A. W., Duff, H., Hill, K., Cernusak, L. A., & McInerney, F. A. (2020). Isotopic and morphologic proxies for reconstructing light environment and leaf function of fossil leaves: a modern calibration in the Daintree Rainforest, Australia. American Journal of Botany, 107(8), 1165-1176.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2020 Andrae, J. W., McInerney, F. A., & Sniderman, J. M. K. (2020). Carbon isotope systematics of leaf wax n-alkanes in a temperate lacustrine depositional environment. Organic Geochemistry, 150, 1-9.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2019 Caddy-Retalic, S., Hoffmann, B. D., Guerin, G. R., Andersen, A. N., Wardle, G. M., McInerney, F. A., & Lowe, A. J. (2019). Plant and ant assemblages predicted to decouple under climate change. Diversity and Distributions, 25(4), 551-567.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS5
    2019 Andrae, J., McInerney, F., Tibby, J., Henderson, A., Hall, P., Marshall, J., . . . Greenway, M. (2019). Variation in leaf wax n-alkane characteristics with climate in the broad-leaved paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia). Organic Geochemistry, 130, 33-42.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS6
    2019 Laurin, J., Barclay, R., Sageman, B., Dawson, R., Pagani, M., Schmitz, M., . . . McElwain, J. (2019). Terrestrial and marginal-marine record of the mid-Cretaceous Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 (OAE 2): High-resolution framework, carbon isotopes, CO2 and sea-level change. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 524, 118-136.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS16
    2019 Baczynski, A. A., McInerney, F. A., Freeman, K. H., & Wing, S. L. (2019). Carbon isotope record of trace n-alkanes in a continental PETM section recovered by the Bighorn Basin Coring Project (BBCP). Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 34(5), 853-865.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS8
    2018 Greer, J., McInerney, F., Vann, D., & Song, X. (2018). Evaluating methods for extraction of α-cellulose from leaves of Melaleuca quinquenervia for stable carbon and oxygen isotope analysis. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 32(9), 711-720.
    2018 Baruch, Z., Jones, A., Hill, K. E., McInerney, F., Blyth, C., Caddy-Retalic, S., . . . Breed, M. (2018). Functional acclimation across microgeographic scales in Dodonaea viscosa. AoB Plants, 10(3), ply029-1-ply029-15.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2018 Howard, S., McInerney, F., Caddy-Retalic, S., Hall, P., & Andrae, J. (2018). Modelling leaf wax n-alkane inputs to soils along a latitudinal transect across Australia. Organic Geochemistry, 121, 126-137.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS14
    2018 Andrae, J., Mcinerney, F., Polissar, P., Sniderman, J., Howard, S., Hall, P., & Phelps, S. (2018). Initial expansion of C₄ vegetation in Australia during the late Pliocene. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(10), 4831-4840.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS26
    2017 Baczynski, A., McInerney, F., Wing, S., Kraus, M., Bloch, J., & Secord, R. (2017). Constraining paleohydrologic change during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum in the continental interior of North America. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 465, 237-246.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS15
    2017 Caddy-Retalic, S., Andersen, A., Aspinwall, M., Breed, M., Byrne, M., Christmas, M., . . . Lowe, A. (2017). Bioclimatic transect networks: powerful observatories of ecological change. Ecology and Evolution, 7(13), 4607-4619.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS16 Europe PMC2
    2017 Bush, R., Wallace, J., Currano, E., Jacobs, B., McInerney, F., Dunn, R., & Tabor, N. (2017). Cell anatomy and leaf δ¹³C as proxies for shading and canopy structure in a Miocene forest from Ethiopia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 485, 593-604.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS14
    2016 Cernusak, L., Barbour, M., Arndt, S., Cheesman, A., English, N., Feild, T., . . . Farquhar, G. (2016). Stable isotopes in leaf water of terrestrial plants. Plant, Cell & Environment, 39(5), 1087-1102.
    DOI Scopus129 WoS130 Europe PMC44
    2016 Tibby, J., Barr, C., McInerney, F., Henderson, A., Leng, M., Greenway, M., . . . McNeil, V. (2016). Carbon isotope discrimination in leaves of the broad-leaved paperbark tree, Melaleuca quinquenervia, as a tool for quantifying past tropical and subtropical rainfall. Global Change Biology, 22(10), 3474-3486.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS12
    2016 Baczynski, A., McInerney, F., Wing, S., Kraus, M., Morse, P., Bloch, J., . . . Freeman, K. (2016). Distortion of carbon isotope excursion in bulk soil organic matter during the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 128(9), 1352-1366.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS15
    2015 Bush, R., & McInerney, F. (2015). Influence of temperature and C₄ abundance on n-alkane chain length
    distributions across the central USA. Organic Geochemistry, 79, 65-73.

    DOI Scopus104 WoS90
    2014 Baczynski, A., McInerney, F., & Wing, S. (2014). n-Alkane PETM records from the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming: A core-outcrop comparison. Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana, 31, 19-20.
    2013 Clyde, W., Gingerich, P., Wing, S., Rohl, U., Westerhold, T., Bowen, G., . . . Brady, K. (2013). Bighorn Basin Coring Project (BBCP): A continental perspective on early Paleogene hyperthermals. Scientific Drilling, 16(16), 21-31.
    DOI Scopus19
    2013 Baczynski, A., McInerney, F., Wing, S., Kraus, M., Bloch, J., Boyer, D., . . . Fricke, H. (2013). Chemostratigraphic implications of spatial variation in the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum carbon isotope excursion, SE Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 14(10), 4133-4152.
    DOI Scopus29 WoS26
    2013 Bush, R., & McInerney, F. (2013). Leaf wax n-alkane distributions in and across modern plants: implications for paleoecology and chemotaxonomy. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 117, 161-179.
    DOI Scopus400 WoS379
    2013 Kraus, M., McInerney, F., Wing, S., Secord, R., Baczynski, A., & Bloch, J. (2013). Paleohydrologic response to continental warming during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 370, 196-208.
    DOI Scopus60 WoS55
    2012 Sachse, D., Billault, I., Bowen, G., Chikaraishi, Y., Dawson, T., Feakins, S., . . . Kahmen, A. (2012). Molecular paleohydrology: interpreting the hydrogen-isotopic composition of lipid biomarkers from photosynthesizing organisms. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 40(1), 221-249.
    DOI Scopus548 WoS530
    2012 Lynch, D., McInerney, F., Kouwenberg, L., & Gonzalez-Meler, M. (2012). Plasticity in bundle sheath extensions of heterobaric leaves. American Journal of Botany, 99(7), 1197-1206.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS10 Europe PMC3
    2012 Secord, R., Bloch, J., Chester, S., Boyer, D., Wood, A., Wing, S., . . . Krigbaum, J. (2012). Evolution of the earliest horses driven by climate change in the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. Science, 335(6071), 959-962.
    DOI Scopus92 WoS89 Europe PMC28
    2011 McInerney, F., & Wing, S. (2011). The Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum: a perturbation of carbon cycle, climate, and biosphere with implications for the future. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 39(1), 489-516.
    DOI Scopus458 WoS439
    2011 McInerney, F., & Stromberg, C. (2011). The Neogene transition from C₃ to C₄ grasslands in North America: assemblage analysis of fossil phytoliths. Paleobiology, 37(1), 50-71.
    DOI Scopus81 WoS78
    2011 McInerney, F., Helliker, B., & Freeman, K. (2011). Hydrogen isotope ratios of leaf wax n-alkanes in grasses are insensitive to transpiration. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75(2), 541-554.
    DOI Scopus114 WoS112
    2011 McInerney, F., Stromberg, C., & White, J. (2011). The Neogene transition from C₃ to C₄ grasslands in North America: stable carbon isotope ratios of fossil phytoliths. Paleobiology, 37(1), 23-49.
    DOI Scopus53 WoS54
    2009 Polissar, P., Freeman, K., Rowley, D., McInerney, F., & Currie, B. (2009). Paleoaltimetry of the Tibetan Plateau from D/H ratios of lipid biomarkers. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 287(1-2), 64-76.
    DOI Scopus180 WoS173
    2007 McInerney, F., Freeman, K., & Wing, S. (2007). Magnitude of the carbon isotope excursion at the paleocene-eocene thermal maximum: the role of plant community change. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 262(1-2), 50-65.
    DOI Scopus141 WoS131
    2007 Smith, F. A., Freeman, K. H., & Helliker, B. R. (2007). GEOC 2-Hydrologic and taxonomic controls on leaf wax lipid hydrogen isotope ratios. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 234, 1 page.
    2006 Smith, F. A., & Freeman, K. H. (2006). Influence of physiology and climate on δD of leaf wax n-alkanes from C<inf>3</inf> and C<inf>4</inf> grasses. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 70(5), 1172-1187.
    DOI Scopus270 WoS261
    2005 Wing, S., Harrington, G., Smith, F., Bloch, J., Boyer, D., & Freeman, K. (2005). Paleontology: Transient floral change and rapid global warming at the Paleocene-Eocene boundary. Science, 310(5750), 993-996.
    DOI Scopus402 WoS375 Europe PMC78
    2004 Smith, F. A., & White, J. W. C. (2004). Modem calibration of phytolith carbon isotope signatures for C-3/C-4 paleograssland reconstruction. PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY, 207(3-4), 277-304.
    DOI WoS41
    2004 Smith, F., & White, J. (2004). Modern calibration of phytolith carbon isotope signatures for C <inf>3</inf>/C<inf>4</inf> paleograssland reconstruction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 207(3-4), 277-304.
    DOI Scopus52
    2002 Smith, F., & White, J. (2002). The development of Neogene grasslands in relation to climate and atmospheric CO2: The carbon isotope ratios of fossil phytoliths. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, 66(15A), A722.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2001 Smith, F. A., & Anderson, K. B. (2001). Characterization of organic compounds in phytoliths: Improving the resolving power of phytolith delta C-13 as a tool for paleoecological reconstruction of C3 and C4 grasses. In J. D. Meunier, & F. Colin (Eds.), Unknown Book (pp. 317-327). A A BALKEMA PUBLISHERS.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2009 McInerney, F. A., Wing, S. L., Bloch, J. I., Bowen, G. J., Boyer, D. M., Chester, S., . . . Secord, R. (2009). Coordinated sedimentary and biotic change during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, USA. In E. M. Crouch, C. P. Strong, & C. J. Hollis (Eds.), Climatic and Biotic Events of the Paleogene (CBEP 2009), extended abstracts from an international conference in Wellington, New Zealand, 12-15 January 2009 Vol. GNS Science Miscellaneous Series (pp. 156-162). Wellington, New Zealand: GNS Science Miscellaneous Series.
    2005 Smith, F., Wing, S., & Freeman, K. (2005). Using carbon and hydrogen isotope ratios of terrestrial organic matter to understand climate change at the PETM. In GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA Vol. 69 (pp. A345). Moscow, ID: PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2021 Munroe, S., McInerney, F., Andrae, J., Welti, N., Guerin, G., Leitch, E., . . . Sparrow, B. (2021). Plants down under: defining and mapping the photosynthetic pathway of plants across Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of TERN Science Symposium.
    2017 Caddy-Retalic, S., Hoffmann, B., Guerin, G. R., Andersen, A., Wardle, G., McInerney, F., & Lowe, A. (2017). The potential decoupling of plant and ant communities with climate change. Poster session presented at the meeting of Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Portland, USA.
    2016 Andrae, J., McInerney, F., Tyler, J., & Hall, P. (2016). The Neogene expansion of C₄ dominated ecosystems: an Australian perspective. Poster session presented at the meeting of Conference handbook and abstracts of the 19th Australian Organic Geochemistry Conference. Fremantle, WA.
  • Datasets

    Year Citation
    2020 Munroe, S., McInerney, F., Andrae, J., Welti, N., Guerin, G., Emrys, L., . . . Sparrow, B. (2020). The Photosynthetic Pathways of Plant Species surveyed in TERN Ecosystem Surveillance Plots.

Francesca McInerney (Lead CI), Jonathan Tyler, Jake Andrae.  Ecosystem change through the Neogene in Australia: documenting the rise of C4 vegetation. ANZIC special post-cruise analytical funding 9/2016-8/2017. AU $20,000.

Andrew Henderson (Lead CI), Francesca McInerney, John Tibby.  Tracking hydrological changes during Marine Isotope Stage 3 in the tropics using leaf wax isotopes. NERC Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility Grant 2016. AU $41,162.

Stefan Caddy-Retalic & Francesca McInerney. Foliar isotope ratios along bioclimatic gradients. TERN Australian Transect Network.  2016-2017. AU $25,000.

Stefan Caddy-Retalic & Francesca McInerney. Leaf carbon isotope ratios along TREND. TERN eMast. 2015. $4,700.

Cameron Barr (Lead CI), John Tibby and Francesca McInerney. A high-resolution quantitative rainfall record over the last 1000 years from the Australian sub-tropics. AINSE Research Award. 1/7/2015-30/6/2016. AU $9,895. 

Juraj Farkas (Lead CI), Francesca McInerney, David Bruce, Jonathan Tyler and Robert Frei. Development of New Method for Chromium Isotope Analysis.  6/2015 – 12/2015. AU$14,610.

Elizabeth Reed (Lead CI), Lee Arnold, Francesca McInerney, John Tibby, Jonathan Tyler, Juraj Farkas. Refining the timing and palaeoenvironmental context for megafauna extinction records at Naracoorte, South Australia. Marjor Collaborative Project, Environment Institute. 6/2015-12/2015.  AU$50,000.

Francesca McInerney (Lead CI). Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis in Australia: Existing Strengths and Emerging Opportunities. Environment Institute Workshop. 21/10/2014-31/12/2014. AU $10,050. 

Francesca McInerney (Lead CI) and John Tibby.  High-resolution multi-isotope palaeoclimate proxy leaves. Environment Institute Small Research Grants Scheme. 25/6/2014-31/12/2014. AU $12,000.

Francesca McInerney (Lead CI), John Tibby, Seth Westra, Cameron Barr, Jonathan Tyler, Mark Thyer. Leaves as rain gauges: Ancient hydrology from the isotopic signature of leaves. University of Adelaide DVCR Interdisciplinary Research Fund. 14/11/2013- 13/11/2014.  AU $29,476.

John Conran (Lead CI), Francesca McInerney, Robert Hill, Daphne Lee, Dallas Mildenhall. The Eocene high latitude Australasian ‘tropics’ in a changing climate – resolving conflicting evidence. ARC Discovery Grant.  1/2013-12/2015. AU$ 230,000.

Francesca McInerney (Sole CI). Palaeoclimate reconstructions from the isotopic signature of fossilized leaf waxes. Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. 1/9/2012-31/8/2016. AU $714,418.

Francesca McInerney (CI). CO2 levels during the greenhouse of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum.  Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) Booster Grant. 1/12/2010-30/11/2011.  US $33,444.

Francesca McInerney (CI).  Ancient greenhouse worlds: Past climates as a roadmap for the future. Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) Booster Grant.  1/5/2009-30/11/2011.  US $28,206. 

Bonnie Jacobs (Lead CI), Ellen Currano, Francesca McInerney, Mulugeta Feseha, Aaron Pan. Collaborative Research: A multi-proxy approach to Early Miocene community, landscape, and climate reconstruction, Ethiopian Plateau. NSF-EAR: Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology. 1/8/2011-31/7/2014.  US $383,129.

William Clyde (Lead CI), Philip Gingerich, Scott Wing, Francesca McInerney, Anders Noren, Gabriel Bowen, Mary Kraus, Katherine Freeman, Kirk Johnson.  Collaborative Research: Bighorn Basin Coring Project (BBCP) - Targeted Continental Drilling of Paleogene Hyperthermals. NSF-EAR.  1/9/2010-31/8/2013. US $1,400,000.

Francesca Smith (Lead CI), Jonathan Bloch, Mary Kraus, Scott Wing.  Collaborative Research:  Paleohydrology of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum: A multiple proxy reconstruction. NSF-EAR: Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology.  1/10/2007-30/9/2011. US $303,001. 

University of Adelaide

Earth Systems History III- Geology 3505 (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016): Third year major course. Team Taught.  My topics: palaeoclimate, Earth’s energy budget and the long- and short-term carbon cycles.

Stable Isotopes in Biospheric Systems Workshop

Intensive short course (1 week) for Honours, PhD and Postdocs; includes lecture and laboratory components.  Lectured on isotope signatures of leaf wax lipids at the University of Sydney workshop (2015) and Daintree Rainforest Observatory (2016).

Northwestern University

Paleoclimate Analogs to Future Climate Change- EARTH 451 (Winter 2012): Graduate seminar course. 

Stable Isotope Ecology and Paleoecology- EARTH 451 (Winter 2010): Graduate and advanced undergraduate seminar course with group laboratory project. 

Paleobiology- EARTH 340 (Winter 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2011):      Upper level Earth and Planetary Science course. 

Global Warming: The Scientific Evidence - EARTH 102-6 (Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2012): Freshman Seminar, a required writing-intensive course.


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Principal Supervisor Oxygen isotopes in plant phytoliths as a proxy for past climates and environments Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Kym Elizabeth Edwards
    2017 Principal Supervisor Stable isotope approaches for provenancing and authentication of agricultural products and timber Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Ellyse Bunney
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Development and Application of Leaf Wax Geochemistry to Reconstruct Late Cenozoic Climate and Environmental Change in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jake William Andrae
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Palaeoenvironmental Proxy Development and Application of Leaf Wax n-Alkanes in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sian Howard
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Quantifying Responses of Ecological Communities to Bioclimatic Gradients Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Stefan Caddy-Retalic
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Contributions to the Cenozoic Macrofossil Record of the Myrtaceae in South Eastern Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Myall Alexander Tarran
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Climate and Biotic Events of the Paleogene Conference 2017 (Snowbird, Utah, USA) Scientific Committee.
    2014 - 2014 Chair Australian Compound Specific Isotope Analysis Workshop University of Adelaide Australia
    2013 - 2014 Co-Chair Session Leader at the Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference Geochemical Society United States
    2013 - 2014 Co-Chair Organic Geochemistry Theme of the Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference Geochemical Society United States
    2012 - 2014 Member Organising Committee for the 18th Australian Organic Geochemistry Conference University of Adelaide Australia
  • Position: ARC Future Fellow
  • Phone: 83130228
  • Email: cesca.mcinerney@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4347
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Mawson, floor 1
  • Room: 1 19
  • Org Unit: Earth Sciences

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