Charles Maxson IV

Charles Maxson IV

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


In my research I use isotopes and modelling techniques to reconstruct past climate from lake sediment cores. My PhD is based on sediment cores collected from Blue Lake, North Stradbroke Island, QLD. The aims of my project are two fold: first, I use carbon isotopes of plants and algae from Blue Lake to reconstruct the ecological conditions of the lake back through time. Second, I will use oxygen isotopes of diatoms (siliceous algae) from the sediment core to reconstruct precipitation at Blue Lake over the last 7,500 years. The overall objective of the project is to infer past changes in the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and comment on how these changes may affect future climate in eastern Australia. 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 - 2018 Research Assistant National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA)
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 - 2017 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand Master of Science
    2010 - 2014 University of Washington United States Bachelor of Science
  • Research Interests


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