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Associate Professor John Tibby

John Tibby
Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts

My research focuses on two main areas that are outlined more fully under "research." These are:

1. Understanding past climatic and environmental variability and change by examining indicators laid down in lake sediments

2. Using diatoms - a type of aquatic algae - to assess stream ”health”

My work involves multiple investigators and often involves collaboration with government agencies in either Queensland or South Australia. The bulk of this work is undertaken along with, or by, PhD students and descriptions of their research appear at the bottom of the "My Research" tab.

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Associate Professor John Tibby

My research focuses on two main areas that are outlined more fully under "research." These are:

1. Understanding past climatic and environmental variability and change by examining indicators laid down in lake sediments

2. Using diatoms - a type of aquatic algae - to assess stream ”health”

My work involves multiple investigators and often involves collaboration with government agencies in either Queensland or South Australia. The bulk of this work is undertaken along with, or by, PhD students and descriptions of their research appear at the bottom of the "My Research" tab.

My primary research focus is the environmental history of south-east Queensland by examining lake sediment records from North Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah and, to a lesser extent, Fraser Island/K'Gari.  Other work, including that of PhD students, is described below.

The North Stradbroke Island research was supported by ARC Linkage project (LP0990124) and ARC Discovery project (DP150103875).  The main aims of this work are to i) understand the Holocene climate history of south-east Queensland and ii) understand the long-term environmental in the region. In relation to ii) we are developing ~100,000-year long climate records that are independent of changes in catchment hydrology.  These will be compared to pollen-based records of vegetation change and Sporomiella as a record of the presence of megaherbivores.

The original collaborators on DP150103875 were Dr Cameron Barr (postdoctoral fellow), Professor Melanie Leng (Nottingham),  Associate Professor Patrick Moss (Queensland), Dr Jeremy Shakun (Boston), Associate Professor Nigel Spooner (Adelaide) and Drs Jon Marshall and Glenn McGregor (Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation).  The project “team” now includes: Dr Andrew Henderson (Newcastle, UK: on stable isotopes), Patricia Gadd (ANSTO: micro XRF core scanning) and Dr Francesca McInerney (Adelaide: compound specific H isotopes), Dr Lee Arnold (Adelaide-OSL geochronology), Chris Kemp, Haidee Cadd and Richard Lewis (Adelaide PhD students: who are variously working on pollen analysis, C and N isotope records, geochronology and inferences of aeolian transport).

I am working with Dr Cameron Barr and a number of colleagues on the Holocene climate history of south-east Queensland.  We are using a recently published rainfall-carbon isotope relationship in Melaleuca quinquenervia leaves (Tibby et al. 2016) to develop a history of rainfall from leaves laid down in Swallow Lagoon, NSI. This relationship is being applied by PhD student Jacinta Greer (principal supervisor Francesca McInerney) to two c. 1,000 year periods in the Holocene. Cameron Barr has developed a ~ 7,500 year long rainfall record from the same site.  PhD student, Charlie Maxson will be developing oxygen isotope records from Blue Lake and is co-supervised by Jonathan Tyler (Adelaide) and Melanie Leng (Nottingham).


My other projects include:

The environmental history of the lower Murray River lakes (Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert) and The Coorong. This work focuses on understanding the natural salinity regime of these internationally significant wetlands. Our ongoing work from Lake Alexandrina aims to infer the natural flow history of the River Murray.

Analysis of diatoms in the streams of south-east South Australia, with the aim of improving water quality guidelines for South Australia (for more details see  The project is in collaboration with the Environment Protection Authority (SA) and mostly involves sampling via artificial substrates (rope).

Using diatoms to infer the environmental history of the Naracoorte Caves in collaboration with Dr Liz Reed, Dr Lee Arnold, Associate Professor Nigel Spooner (Adelaide) and many others.  Honours student Giddens is examined the relationship between diatom composition and light, moisture and other variables in the caves and on the surrounding soils. Rianna also examined the diatoms from Blanche Cave, while I have examined the record from Bat Cave.

Analysis of diatom-water quality relationships on Cape York Peninsula for the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (Qld). This project aims to better understand the influence of water quality on the biota in springs on Cape York. This will ultimately contribute to water resource planning on The Cape.

The investigation of rates of sedimentation in waterholes in the Moonie River (south-west Queensland) and the environmental history of Burdekin River wetlands. These projects are funded by, and conducted in collaboration with Queensland's Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.

The environmental history of western Victorian lakes (in particular Lake Surprise and Tower Hill) in collaboration with Cameron Barr, Jonathan Tyler, Chris Turney, Peter Kershaw and many others. PhD student Georgina Falster had published a study on the climate history of the late glacial (30,000-10,000 years ago), see Falster et al. (2018) in publications.


Consulting and contract research

Over the decade consultancy projects have been undertaken for many clients. These have mainly focused on analysing the effect of mine drainage and waste water discharge on stream algal communities.  Please contact me for pricing.


PhD students' project descriptions.  Below are descriptions of PhD students' projects written by the students. 

Rachel Rudd – Late Holocene Antarctic climate variability

My research aims to reconstruct changes in climate from Antarctic lake sediments through the use of diatom paleoecology and stable isotope geochemistry. Lakes along the Antarctic coastline are exposed to the atmosphere during summer months and offer a complementary record of climate to the extensively studied ice core archives from the interior of the southern continent. It is anticipated that highly resolved records of variability from these lakes will provide insight into the impact of southern hemisphere climate cycles on the Antarctic coastline – a region currently of great interest due to questions surrounding ice sheet stability and glacial melt.

In order to add to the knowledge of diatom ecology in the region and to make more informed interpretations of the paleo record, a modern study of diatom ecology was conducted as part of the 59th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition in the 2017/2018 Austral summer. Samples are currently being studied to assess diatom associations with substrate, water chemistry and light attenuation within a range of lakes in Lützow-Holm Bay. These will be used in conjunction with two 3000 year records currently under construction, which are the highest resolution of those within the region in order to detect decadal to centennial scale variability.


Rudd R. C., Tyler J. J., Tibby J., Yokoyama Y., Tavernier I., Verleyen E., Fukui M. & Takano Y. 2016. A diatom-inferred record of lake variability during the last 900 years in Lützow–Holm Bay, East Antarctica. Journal of Quaternary Science, 31, 114-125.


Chris Kemp – Australian climate during human occupation and the last two interglacials

Marine isotope stage 5 and stage 7 (MIS5 and MIS7) are the last periods in Earth’s history when sea level was high and the global climate was generally warm and wet, like today. However, the climate conditions in Australia during these two periods are little understood due to lack of data. Understanding what climate changes occurred in Australia during these periods and how Australian flora reacted to those changes both helps the understanding of large-scale climate drivers and may guide projections of future climate change.

To investigate past climate change during MIS5 and MIS7, a new set of cores from Fern Gully Lagoon wetland on North Stradbroke Island were recovered in 2015 and dated to ~205,000 in age. These cores are being studied using micro-XRF ITRAX systems, charcoal flux and pollen analysis detailing past island fire events and plant varieties. Comparison of local dust flux (from ITRAX, LOI, and magnetic susceptibility), charcoal flux (both micro and macro charcoal) and vegetation show broad coherence.

Planned publications will focus on MIS5 and MIS7 comparisons with changes in local dust flux and its drivers, a multi-proxy study of late MIS7/early and a comparison between the MIS1, MIS5 and MIS7 interglacials.

One publication has already been submitted, reviewing Australian hydroclimate during MIS3


Georgy Falster: Assessing climate variability in south-eastern Australia during the late Quaternary

I study how the climate in south-eastern Australia has varied during the past 30,000 years, and the relationship of this variability with global climate change. I also investigate how we can reconstruct temporal change in various climate variables. My research helps us to better understand the long-term drivers of the south-east Australian climate.

Climate variables – including temperature and rainfall – affect natural materials in different ways, and these materials may be preserved in reservoirs such as lakes and caves. Through analysis of accumulated sediment, we can reconstruct how these climate variables changed through time. My research involves performing geochemical analyses on sediment that has been preserved in lakes and caves. The analyses that I have used include stable isotope analysis of carbonate minerals and organic matter, clumped isotope analysis of snail shells, x-ray fluorescence, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope imaging of sediment, and radiocarbon dating of pollen preserved in the sediment. These techniques allow me to infer climate changes that might have brought about the geochemical variability. I also use statistical analyses to objectively characterise how the sediment has changed through time, and also to compare the changes at one site with other regional locations.

I have two papers currently in review: the first is a collaborative effort, involving researchers from different backgrounds and institutions. The paper presents a new, well dated, high-resolution palaeoclimate record from Lake Surprise, in south-western Victoria. We also use advanced statistical methods to interpret the results in the context of several other high-resolution records from the region. The second is a methodological paper, investigating confounding effects of a) organic matter, and b) different oxidative pre-treatment methods on stable isotope determinations on fine-grained carbonate. In the paper, I suggest optimal parameters for the reduction of organic matter content prior to stable isotope analysis.


Jacinta Skye Greer:  Holocene Palaeoclimate Reconstruction for South-East Queensland Derived from Isotopic Signatures of Sub-fossil Leaves.

This project aims to use the isotopic signatures preserved in Melaleuca quinquenervia leaves to reconstruct the changes in rainfall patterns since the initiation of the modern ENSO system during the middle Holocene. This project will also contribute to the understanding of how early diagenesis and chemical analysis affects the isotopic composition of subfossil leaves preserved in an anoxic lake environment. This will provide a new perspective on the middle-late Holocene ENSO system and a sub-tropical Australian perspective which climate states were dominant over this time frame. This research will also produce Australia’s only high-resolution, quantitative rainfall record covering the late Holocene.

Assessment of cellulose extraction techniques has been conducted, identifying which technique is best for isolating the δ18O signal preserved within M. quinquenervia leaf cellulose. The δ18O signal will be compared to instrumental data to determine its relationship to the local climate, and it will then be used to corroborate recent rainfall reconstructions based on the δ13C of M. quinquenervia bulk leaf matter. This palaeoclimate proxy will also be verified through an ongoing field study which will examine the effects of the early stages of diagenesis on M. quinquenervia leaves and the isotopes preserved within.


Greer JS, McInerney FA, Vann DR, Song X. Evaluating methods for extraction of α‐cellulose from leaves of Melaleuca quinquenervia for stable carbon and oxygen isotope analysis. Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 2018;32:711–720.



Date Position Institution name
2018 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
2007 - 2017 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide


Date Institution name Country Title
2000 Monash University Australia PhD
1992 Monash University Australia BA (1st class Hons)

Research Interests


Year Citation
2018 Coates-Marnane, J., Olley, J., Tibby, J., Burton, J., Haynes, D., & Kemp, J. (2018). A 1500 year record of river discharge inferred from fluvial-marine sediments in the Australian subtropics. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 504, 136-149.
DOI Scopus1
2018 Falster, G., Tyler, J., Grant, K., Tibby, J., Turney, C., Lohr, S., . . . Kershaw, A. (2018). Millennial-scale variability in south-east Australian hydroclimate between 30,000 and 10,000 years ago. Quaternary Science Reviews, 192, 106-122.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3
2018 Shao, Y., Farkas, J., Holmden, C., Mosley, L., Kell-Duivestein, I., Izzo, C., . . . Gillanders, B. (2018). Calcium and strontium isotope systematics in the lagoon estuarine environments of South Australia: Implications for water source mixing, carbonate fluxes and fish migration. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 239, 90-108.
2018 Cadd, H., Tibby, J., Barr, C., Tyler, J., Unger, L., Leng, M., . . . Baldock, J. (2018). Development of a southern hemisphere subtropical wetland (Welsby Lagoon, south-east Queensland, Australia) through the last glacial cycle. Quaternary Science Reviews.
2017 Barr, C., Tibby, J., Moss, P., Halverson, G., Marshall, J., McGregor, G., & Stirling, E. (2017). A 25,000-year record of environmental change from Welsby Lagoon, North Stradbroke Island, in the Australian subtropics. Quaternary International, 449, 106-118.
DOI Scopus3 WoS2
2017 Tibby, J., Barr, C., Marshall, J., McGregor, G., Moss, P., Arnold, L., . . . Moss, E. (2017). Persistence of wetlands on North Stradbroke Island (south-east Queensland, Australia) during the last glacial cycle: implications for Quaternary science and biogeography. Journal of Quaternary Science, 32(6), 770-781.
DOI Scopus3 WoS2
2017 Ackerley, D., Reeves, J., Barr, C., Bostock, H., Fitzsimmons, K., Fletcher, M., . . . Tyler, J. (2017). Evaluation of PMIP2 and PMIP3 simulations of mid-Holocene climate in the Indo-Pacific, Australasian and Southern Ocean regions. Climate of the Past, 13(11), 1661-1684.
2016 Moss, P., Tibby, J., Shapland, F., Fairfax, R., Stewart, P., Barr, C., . . . Sloss, C. (2016). Patterned fen formation and development from the Great Sandy Region, south-east Queensland, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 67(6), 816-827.
DOI Scopus4 WoS4
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 Scopus3 WoS2
2016 Rudd, R., Tyler, J., Tibby, J., Yokoyama, Y., Tavernier, I., Verleyen, E., . . . Takano, Y. (2016). A diatom-inferred record of lake variability during the last 900 years in Lützow-Holm Bay, East Antarctica. Journal of Quaternary Science, 31(2), 114-125.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2016 Cunningham, L., Tibby, J., Forrester, S., Barr, C., & Skjemstad, J. (2016). Mid-infrared spectroscopy as a potential tool for reconstructing lake salinity. Water (Switzerland), 8(11), 479-1-479-17.
2015 Chang, J. C., Shulmeister, J., Woodward, C., Steinberger, L., Tibby, J., & Barr, C. (2015). A chironomid-inferred summer temperature reconstruction from subtropical Australia during the last glacial maximum (LGM) and the last deglaciation. Quaternary Science Reviews, 122, 282-292.
DOI Scopus15 WoS14
2015 Yu, L., García, A., Chivas, A., Tibby, J., Kobayashi, T., & Haynes, D. (2015). Ecological change in fragile floodplain wetland ecosystems, natural vs human influence: The Macquarie Marshes of eastern Australia. Aquatic Botany, 120(Part A), 39-50.
DOI Scopus7 WoS5
2014 Tibby, J. (2014). Erratum to The Younger Dryas: Relevant in the Australian region? [Quat. Int. 253 (2012) 47-54]. Quaternary International, 321, 132.
2014 Wilkinson, I., Poirier, C., Head, M., Sayer, C., & Tibby, J. (2014). Microbiotic signatures of the Anthropocene in marginal marine and freshwater palaeoenvironments. Geological Society Special Publication, 395(1), 185-219.
DOI Scopus15
2014 Barr, C., Tibby, J., Gell, P., Tyler, J., Zawadzki, A., & Jacobsen, G. (2014). Climate variability in south-eastern Australia over the last 1500 years inferred from the high-resolution diatom records of two crater lakes. Quaternary Science Reviews, 95, 115-131.
DOI Scopus17 WoS16
2013 Mills, K., Gell, P., Gergis, J., Baker, P., Finlayson, C., Hesse, P., . . . Tibby, J. (2013). Paleoclimate studies and natural-resource management in the Murray-Darling Basin II: unravelling human impacts and climate variability. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 60(5), 561-571.
DOI Scopus14 WoS15
2013 Moss, P., Tibby, J., Petherick, L., McGowan, H., & Barr, C. (2013). Late Quaternary vegetation history of North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, eastern Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 74, 257-272.
DOI Scopus38 WoS36
2013 Barr, C., Tibby, J., Marshall, J., McGregor, G., Moss, P., Halverson, G., & Fluin, J. (2013). Combining monitoring, models and palaeolimnology to assess ecosystem response to environmental change at monthly to millennial timescales: the stability of Blue Lake, North Stradbroke Island, Australia. Freshwater Biology, 58(8), 1614-1630.
DOI Scopus17 WoS17
2013 Petherick, L., Bostock, H., Cohen, T., Fitzsimmons, K., Tibby, J., Fletcher, M., . . . Dosseto, A. (2013). Climatic records over the past 30ka from temperate Australia - a synthesis from the Oz-INTIMATE workgroup. Quaternary Science Reviews, 74, 58-77.
DOI Scopus56 WoS53
2012 Tibby, J. (2012). The Younger Dryas: relevant in the Australian region?. Quaternary International, 253, 47-54.
DOI Scopus10 WoS10
2011 Leyden, E., Tibby, J., Garcia, A., & Zawadzki, A. (2011). Unexpected post-settlement freshening and increase in charophytes in Bombah Broadwater (Myall Lakes, New South Wales, Australia). Journal of Paleolimnology, 46(4 Sp Iss), 637-647.
DOI Scopus5 WoS6
2011 Haynes, D., Skinner, R., Tibby, J., Cann, J., & Fluin, J. (2011). Diatom and foraminifera relationships to water quality in The Coorong, South Australia, and the development of a diatom-based salinity transfer function. Journal of Paleolimnology, 46(4 Sp Iss), 543-560.
DOI Scopus10 WoS10
2011 Dick, J., Haynes, D., Tibby, J., Garcia, A., & Gell, P. (2011). A history of aquatic plants in the Coorong, a Ramsar-listed coastal wetland, South Australia. Journal of Paleolimnology, 46(4 Sp Iss), 623-635.
DOI Scopus14 WoS20
2011 Mettam, P., Tibby, J., Barr, C., & Marshall, J. (2011). Development of Eighteen Mile Swamp, North Stradbroke Island: a palaeolimnological study. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 117, 119-130.
2011 Tibby, J., & Taffs, K. (2011). Palaeolimnology in eastern and southern Australian estuaries. Journal of Paleolimnology, 46(4), 503-510.
DOI Scopus8 WoS9
2010 Philibert, A., Tibby, J., & Williams, M. (2010). A Pleistocene diatomite from the western piedmont of Jebel Marra volcano, Darfur, western Sudan, and its hydrological and climatic significance. Quaternary International, 216(1-2), 145-150.
DOI Scopus1
2010 Fluin, J., Tibby, J., & Gell, P. (2010). The palaeolimnological record from lake Cullulleraine, lower Murray River (south-east Australia): implications for understanding riverine histories. Journal of Paleolimnology, 43(2), 309-322.
DOI Scopus12 WoS11
2010 Tibby, J., Gell, P., Hancock, G., & Clark, M. (2010). Complex reservoir sedimentation revealed by an unusual combination of sediment records, Kangaroo Creek Reservoir, South Australia. Journal of Paleolimnology, 43(3), 535-549.
DOI Scopus5 WoS6
2009 Gell, P., Fluin, J., Tibby, J., Hancock, G., Harrison, J., Zawadski, A., . . . Walsh, B. (2009). Anthropogenic acceleration of sediment accretion in lowland floodplain wetlands, Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Geomorphology, 108(1-2), 122-126.
DOI Scopus37 WoS37
2007 Tibby, J., Lane, M., & Gell, P. (2007). Local knowledge and environmental management: a cautionary tale from Lake Ainsworth, New South Wales, Australia. Environmental Conservation, 34(4), 334-341.
DOI Scopus41 WoS29
2007 David, B., Roberts, R., Magee, J., Mialanes, J., Turney, C., Bird, M., . . . Tibby, J. (2007). Sediment mixing at Nonda Rock: investigations of stratigraphic integrity at an early archaeological site in northern Australia and implications for the human colonisation of the continent. Journal of Quaternary Science, 22(5), 449-479.
DOI Scopus63 WoS60
2007 Gell, P., Tibby, J., Little, F., Baldwin, D., & Hancock, G. (2007). The impact of regulation and salinisation on floodplain lakes: the lower River Murray, Australia. Hydrobiologia, 591(1), 135-146.
DOI Scopus37 WoS28
2007 Fluin, J., Gell, P., Tibby, J., Haynes, D., & Hancock, G. (2007). Palaeolimnological evidence for the independent evolution of neighbouring terminal lakes the Murray Darling Basin Australia. Hydrobiologia, 591(1), 117-134.
DOI Scopus46 WoS46
2007 Gell, P., Fritz, S., Battarbee, R., & Tibby, J. (2007). LIMPACS - human and climate interactions with lake ecosystems: setting research priorities in the study of the impact of salinisation and climate change on lakes, 2005-2010. Hydrobiologia, 591(1), 99-101.
DOI Scopus10 WoS12
2007 Tibby, J., Gell, P., Fluin, J., & Sluiter, I. (2007). Diatom-salinity relationships in wetlands: assessing the influence of salinity variability on the development of inference models. Hydrobiologia, 591(1), 207-218.
DOI Scopus26 WoS19
2007 Tibby, J., & Tiller, D. (2007). Climate-water quality relationships in three Western Victorian (Australia) lakes 1984-2000. Hydrobiologia, 591(1), 219-234.
DOI Scopus25 WoS20
2007 Haynes, D., Gell, P., Tibby, J., Hancock, G., & Goonan, P. (2007). Against the tide: the freshening of naturally saline coastal lakes, southeastern South Australia. Hydrobiologia, 591(1), 165-183.
DOI Scopus15 WoS14
2007 Tibby, J., & Haberle, S. (2007). A late glacial to present diatom record from Lake Euramoo, wet tropics of Queensland, Australia. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 251(1), 46-56.
DOI Scopus17 WoS17
2006 Haberle, S., Tibby, J., Dimitriadis, S., & Heijnis, H. (2006). The impact of European occupation on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem dynamics in an Australian tropical rain forest. Journal of Ecology, 94(5), 987-1002.
DOI Scopus20 WoS18
2006 Turney, C., Kershaw, A., Lowe, J., van der Kaars, S., Johnston, R., Rule, S., . . . Fifield, L. (2006). Climatic variability in the southwest Pacific during the Last Termination (20-10 kyr BP). Quaternary Science Reviews, 25(9-10), 886-903.
DOI Scopus51 WoS54
2005 Barry, M., Tibby, J., Tsitsilas, A., Mason, B., Kershaw, A., & Heijnis, H. (2005). A long term lake-salinity record and its relationships to Daphnia populations. Archiv fur Hydrobiologie, 163(1), 1-23.
DOI Scopus9
2005 Gell, P., Tibby, J., Fluin, J., Leahy, P., Reid, M., Adamson, K., . . . Walsh, B. (2005). Accessing limnological change and variability using fossil diatom assemblages, south-east Australia. River Research and Applications, 21(2-3), 257-269.
DOI Scopus57 WoS57
2005 Leahy, P., Tibby, J., Kershaw, A., Heijnis, H., & Kershaw, J. (2005). The impact of European settlement on Bolin Billabong, a Yarra River floodplain lake, Melbourne, Australia. River Research and Applications, 21(2-3), 131-149.
DOI Scopus34 WoS32
2004 Tibby, J. (2004). Assessing the impact of early colonial Australia on the physical environment: a comment on Gale and Haworth (2002). Archaeology in Oceania, 39(3), 144-148.
2004 Tibby, J., & Reid, M. (2004). A model for inferring past conductivity in low salinity waters derived from Murray River (Australia) diatom plankton. Marine and Freshwater Research, 55(6), 597-607.
DOI Scopus29 WoS20
2004 Kershaw, A., Tibby, J., Penny, D., Yezdani, H., Walkley, R., Cook, E., & Johnston, R. (2004). Latest Pleistocene and Holocene vegetation and environmental history of the Western Plains of Victoria, Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 116(1), 139-161.
2004 Kershaw, A., D'Costa, D., Tibby, J., Wagstaff, B., & Heijnis, H. (2004). The last million years around Lake Keilambete Western Victoria Australia. Royal Society of Victoria. Proceedings, 116(1), 93-104.
2004 Kershaw, A., Tibby, J., Penny, D., Yezdani, H., Walkley, R., Cook, E., & Johnston, R. (2004). Latest Pleistocene and Holocene vegetation and environmental history of the Western Plains of Victoria. Royal Society of Victoria. Proceedings, 116(1), 141-163.
2004 Tibby, J. (2004). Development of a diatom-based model for inferring total phosphorus in southeastern Australian water storages. Journal of Paleolimnology (on-line), 31(1), 23-36.
DOI Scopus42 WoS43
2003 Tibby, J. (2003). Explaining lake and catchment change using sediment derived and written histories: an Australian perspective. Science of the Total Environment, 310(1), 61-71.
DOI Scopus23 WoS21 Europe PMC1
2003 Tibby, J., Reid, M., Fluin, J., Hart, B., & Kershaw, A. (2003). Assessing long-term pH change in an Australian river catchment using monitoring and palaeolimnological data. Environmental Science & Technology, 37(15), 3250-3255.
DOI Scopus33 WoS30 Europe PMC2
2002 Eastwood, W., Tibby, J., Roberts, N., Birks, H., & Lamb, H. (2002). The environmental impact of the Minoan eruption of Santorini (Thera): statistical analysis of palaeoecological data from Golbisar southwest Turkey. Holocene, 12(4), 431-444.
2002 Reid, M., Fluin, J., Ogden, R., Tibby, J., & Kershaw, A. (2002). Long-term perspectives on human impacts on floodplain-river ecosystems, Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology Proceedings, 28(2), 710-716.
2001 Tibby, J. (2001). Diatoms as indicators of sedimentary processes in Burrinjuck reservoir New South Wales Australia. Quaternary International, 83-85, 245-256.
2001 van der Kaars, S., Penny, D., Tibby, J., Fluin, J., Dam, R., & Suparan, P. (2001). Late Quaternary palaeoecology, palynology and palaeolimnology of a tropical lowland swamp: Rawa Danau, West-Java, Indonesia. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 171(3), 185-212.
1995 Reid, M., Tibby, J., Penny, D., & Gell, P. (1995). The use of diatoms to assess past and present water quality. Australian Journal of Ecology, 20(1), 57-64.


Book Chapters

Year Citation
2017 Tibby, J., & Sayer, C. (2017). Inferring Environmental Change in Estuaries from Plant Macrofossils. In K. Weckström, K. Saunders, P. Gell, & C. Skilbeck (Eds.), Applications of Paleoenvironmental Techniques in Estuarine Studies (pp. 423-440). Dordrecht,: Springer.
2015 Nursey-Bray, M., Fergie, D., Arbon, V., Rigney, L., Palmer, R., Tibby, J., . . . Stuart, A. (2015). Indigenous adaptation to climate change: the Arabana. In J. Palutikof, S. Boulter, J. Barnett, & D. Rissik (Eds.), Applied studies in climate adaptation (Vol. 9781118845011, 1 ed., pp. 316-325). West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons.
DOI Scopus1
2012 Tibby, J., Penny, D., Leahy, P., & Kershaw, A. (2012). Vegetation and water quality responses to Holocene climate variability in Lake Purrumbete, western Victoria. In S. Haberle, & B. David (Eds.), Peopled Landscapes: Archaeological and Biogeographic Approaches to Landscapes (1 ed., pp. 359-374). Australia: ANU E Press.
2010 Bennion, H., Sayer, C., Tibby, J., & Carrick, H. (2010). Diatoms as indicators of environmental change in shallow lakes. In E. F. Stoermer, & J. P. Smol (Eds.), The Diatoms: Applications for the Environmental and Earth Sciences (2nd ed., pp. 152-173). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
DOI Scopus29
2006 Tibby, J., Kershaw, A., Builth, H., Philibert, A., & White, C. (2006). Environmental change and variability in South-Western Victoria: changing constraints and opportunities for occupation and land use. In B. David, B. Barker, & I. J. McNiven (Eds.), the social archaeology of Australian indigenous societies (1 ed., pp. 254-269). Australia: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Conference Papers

Report for External Bodies

John Tibby led an ARC Discovery project “A 140,000 year insight into the imprint of climate and humans on Australia” (2015-2017).


GEOG 1102 - Footprints on a Fragile Planet

GEOG 2142 - Climate Change (with Douglas Bardsley)


Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2018 Principal Supervisor The Hydroclimatic History of Subtropical Australia Inferred for North Stradbroke Island Lake Sediments Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Mr Charles Reynolds Maxson IV
2017 Co-Supervisor Integrating energy and climate policies; strengthening adoption capacities in the Himalayan Mountains. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Govinda Pathak
2017 Co-Supervisor Chronostratigraphic framework of SE Queensland supporting interpretation of regional climate dynamics since the last interglacial period, encompassing human arrival and Megafaunal extinction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Richard John Lewis
2016 Principal Supervisor Human Arrival and Environmental Change Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Haidee Rochelle Cadd
2016 Co-Supervisor Holocene Palaeo Climate Reconstruction for South East Queensland derived from Isotopic Signatures of sub fossil leaves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jacinta Skye Bannerman Greer
2016 Co-Supervisor Predictive Modelling of Stream Health of the Torrens and Onkaparinga Catchments Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jawairia Sultana
2015 Co-Supervisor A Quantitative Assessment of Climate Variability in Southern Australia During the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Georgina Maja Falster
2015 Co-Supervisor Analysing Antarctic Lake sediments for climate reconstruction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rachel Claire Rudd
2015 Principal Supervisor Climate analysis of Australian interglacials MIS7 and MIS5 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Christopher Wilde Kemp

Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2008 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Coastal Vulnerability and Climate Change in Australia Public Risk Perceptions and Adaptation to Climate Change in Non Metropolitan Coastal Communities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Christopher David Button
2003 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Droughts and Flooding Rains: A Fine-Resolution Reconstruction of Climatic Variability in Western Victoria, Australia, over the Last 1500 Years Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Cameron Barr
Associate Professor
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Geography, Environment and Population