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Dr Jonathan Tyler

Jonathan Tyler
Lecturer
School of Physical Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

Dr. Jonathan Tyler is a senior lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences with a PhD from University College London and research experience from the Universities of Tokyo, Oxford and Melbourne. His teaching and research revolve around climate variability past and present and the way Earth surface processes can be deciphered using chemical signatures.

When not working, Jonathan is being re-educated about the world via his two young children. He tries to spend as much time as he can outside, but otherwise indulges in following the travails of the English cricket team whilst listening to '90s alternative rock.

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Dr Jonathan Tyler

Dr. Jonathan Tyler is a senior lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences with a PhD from University College London and research experience from the Universities of Tokyo, Oxford and Melbourne. His teaching and research revolve around climate variability past and present and the way Earth surface processes can be deciphered using chemical signatures.

When not working, Jonathan is being re-educated about the world via his two young children. He tries to spend as much time as he can outside, but otherwise indulges in following the travails of the English cricket team whilst listening to '90s alternative rock.

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

I am a palaeoclimatologist and isotope geochemist. That means I am interested in past climates and the use of chemical tracers in sediments to develop our understanding of past climate changes. I mostly work with lake sediments, but am branching out to work with marine and cave deposits.

Mainly, I'm interested in developing the tools used to reconstruct past climates through field and experimental studies on modern systems. Recently, my focus has been on the last 2000 years of climate variability in southern Australia and on period known for the end of the last ice age (the last 50,000 years). I continue to work on projects aimed at understanding climate variability and landscape change in Antarctica, Japan and the United Kingdom.

West Basin

During my career I have worked with a variety of techniques, both geochemical and palaeoecological, including oxygen and silicon isotopes in biogenic silica, carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of sedimentary chlorins and branched GDGTs as a proxy for surface air temperature and soil pH. Recent projects involve the use of 'clumped isotope' palaeothermometry and sub-annual geochemical analysis of fossil and modern bivalves.

My work has involved sediment analysis, field monitoring of modern lake systems and experimental analysis of diatoms and haptophytes (siliceous and calcareous algae) in culture. I am increasingly concerned with the numerical analysis of sedimentary timeseries and contemporary data, and have recently conducted a large scale data synthesis of Australian climate records for the last 2000 years.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2018 Senior Lecturer, Earth Sciences University of Adelaide, Adelaide
2013 - 2017 Lecturer University of Adelaide
2012 - 2013 Research Fellow University of Melbourne
2009 - 2012 NERC Research Fellow University of Oxford
2009 - 2009 NERC Research Fellow Natural History Museum
2008 - 2009 JSPS Research Fellow University of Tokyo

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2009 Fellowship Fellow, Wolfson College Wolfson College, Oxford United Kingdom
2005 Scholarship Marie Curie Postgraduate Scholarship University of Bergen Norway

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2004 - 2008 University College London United Kingdom PhD
2002 - 2003 Royal Holloway, University of London UK MSc
1998 - 2001 University of Leeds UK BSc

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
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 WoS1
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.
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2017 DIxon, B., Tyler, J., Lorrey, A., Goodwin, I., Gergis, J., & Drysdale, R. (2017). Low-resolution Australasian palaeoclimate records of the last 2000 years. Climate of the Past, 13(10), 1403-1433.
DOI Scopus2 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.
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2017 Schlolaut, G., Brauer, A., Nakagawa, T., Lamb, H., Tyler, J., Staff, R., . . . Tarasov, P. (2017). Evidence for a bi-partition of the Younger Dryas Stadial in East Asia associated with inversed climate characteristics compared to Europe. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1-7.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
2017 Emile-Geay, J., McKay, N., Kaufman, D., Von Gunten, L., Wang, J., Anchukaitis, K., . . . Thomas, E. (2017). A global multiproxy database for temperature reconstructions of the Common Era. Scientific Data, 4, 170088-1-170088-33.
DOI Scopus29 WoS18
2017 Tyler, J., Sloane, H., Rickaby, R., Cox, E., & Leng, M. (2017). Post-mortem oxygen isotope exchange within cultured diatom silica. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 31(20), 1749-1760.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2017 Smith, R., Tyler, J., Reeves, J., Blockley, S., & Jacobsen, G. (2017). First Holocene cryptotephras in mainland Australia reported from sediments at Lake Keilambete, Victoria, Australia. Quaternary Geochronology, 40, 82-91.
DOI Scopus3 WoS2
2016 Kiem, A., Johnson, F., Westra, S., van Dijk, A., Evans, J., O Donnell, A., . . . Mehrotra, R. (2016). Natural hazards in Australia: droughts. Climatic Change, 139(1), 37-54.
DOI Scopus28 WoS26
2016 Tyler, J., Jones, M., Arrowsmith, C., Allott, T., & Leng, M. (2016). Spatial patterns in the oxygen isotope composition of daily rainfall in the British Isles. Climate Dynamics, 47(5-6), 1971-1987.
DOI Scopus4 WoS3
2016 Sniderman, J., Woodhead, J., Hellstrom, J., Jordan, G., Drysdale, R., Tyler, J., & Porch, N. (2016). Pliocene reversal of late Neogene aridification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(8), 1999-2004.
DOI Scopus22 WoS23 Europe PMC6
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 Scopus2 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
2015 Tyler, J. J., Mills, K., Barr, C., Sniderman, J. M. K., Gell, P. A., & Karoly, D. J. (2015). Identifying coherent patterns of environmental change between multiple, multivariate records: an application to four 1000-year diatom records from Victoria, Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 119, 94-105.
DOI Scopus4 WoS4
2014 Pearson, E., Juggins, S., & Tyler, J. (2014). Ultrahigh resolution total organic carbon analysis using Fourier Transform Near Infrarred Reflectance Spectroscopy (FT-NIRS). Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15(1), 292-301.
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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 Scopus16 WoS13
2014 Stevenson, E., Hermoso, M., Rickaby, R., Tyler, J., Minoletti, F., Parkinson, I., . . . Burton, K. (2014). Controls on stable strontium isotope fractionation in coccolithophores with implications for the marine Sr cycle. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 128, 225-235.
DOI Scopus38 WoS35
2014 Mills, K., Ryves, D., Anderson, N., Bryant, C., & Tyler, J. (2014). Expressions of climate perturbations in western Ugandan crater lake sediment records during the last 1000 years. Climate of the Past, 10(4), 1581-1601.
DOI Scopus10 WoS10
2014 Schlolaut, G., Brauer, A., Marshall, M. H., Nakagawa, T., Staff, R. A., Bronk Ramsey, C., . . . Suigetsu 2006 project members. (2014). Event layers in the Japanese Lake Suigetsu ‘SG06’ sediment core: description, interpretation and climatic implications. Quaternary Science Reviews, 83, 157-170.
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2013 Nakagawa, T., Kitagawa, H., Payne, R., Tarasov, P., Demske, D., & Suigetsu 2006 Project Members. (2013). A standard sample method for controlling microfossil data precision: a proposal for higher data quality and greater opportunities for collaboration. Quaternary International, 290-291, 239-244.
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2013 Smith, V. C., Staff, R. A., Blockley, S. P. E., Bronk Ramsey, C., Nakagawa, T., Mark, D. F., . . . Suigetsu 2006 Project Members. (2013). Identification and correlation of visible tephras in the Lake Suigetsu SG06 sedimentary archive, Japan: chronostratigraphic markers for synchronising of east Asian/west Pacific palaeoclimatic records across the last 150 ka. Quaternary Science Reviews, 67, 121-137.
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2013 Demske, D., Tarasov, P. E., Nakagawa, T., & Suigetsu 2006 Project Members. (2013). Atlas of pollen, spores and further non-pollen palynomorphs recorded in the glacial-interglacial late Quaternary sediments of Lake Suigetsu, central Japan. Quaternary International, 290-291, 164-238.
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2013 Staff, R. A., Nakagawa, T., Schlolaut, G., Marshall, M. H., Brauer, A., Lamb, H. F., . . . Suigetsu 2006 Project Members. (2013). The multiple chronological techniques applied to the Lake Suigetsu SG06 sediment core, central Japan. Boreas, 42(2), 259-266.
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2013 Staff, R., Schlolaut, G., Bronk Ramsey, C., Brock, F., Bryant, C., Kitagawa, H., . . . Suigetsu 2006 Project Members. (2013). Integration of the old and new Lake Suigetsu (Japan) terrestrial radiocarbon calibration data sets. Radiocarbon, 55(4), 2049-2058.
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2013 Nakagawa, T., & Suigetsu 2006 Project Members. (2013). Lake Suigetsu 2006 Varved Sediment Core Project. PAGES News, 20(2), 70-71.
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2013 von Gunten, L., Anderson, D. M., Chase, B., Curran, M., Gergis, J., Gille, E. P., . . . Willard, D. (2013). The backbone of PAGES 2k: data management and archiving. PAGES News, 21(2), 87.
2012 Takano, Y., Tyler, J., Kojima, H., Yokoyama, Y., Tanabe, Y., Sato, T., . . . Fukui, M. (2012). Holocene lake development and glacial-isostatic uplift at Lake Skallen and Lake Oyako, Lutzow-Holm Bay, East Antarctica: based on biogeochemical facies and molecular signatures. Applied Geochemistry, 27(12), 2546-2559.
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2012 Marshall, M., Schlolaut, G., Nakagawa, T., Lamb, H., Brauer, A., Staff, R., . . . Suigetsu 2006 Project Members. (2012). A novel approach to varve counting using μXRF and X-radiography in combination with thin-section microscopy, applied to the Late Glacial chronology from Lake Suigetsu, Japan. Quaternary Geochronology, 13, 70-80.
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2012 Nakagawa, T., Gotanda, K., Haraguchi, T., Danhara, T., Yonenobu, H., Brauer, A., . . . Suigetsu 2006 Project Members. (2012). SG06, a fully continuous and varved sediment core from Lake Suigetsu, Japan: stratigraphy and potential for improving the radiocarbon calibration model and understanding of late Quaternary climate changes. Quaternary Science Reviews, 36, 164-176.
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2012 Schlolaut, G., Marshall, M. H., Brauer, A., Nakagawa, T., Lamb, H. F., Staff, R. A., . . . Suigetsu 2006 project members. (2012). An automated method for varve interpolation and its application to the Late Glacial chronology from Lake Suigetsu, Japan. Quaternary Geochronology, 13, 52-69.
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2011 Kossler, A., Tarasov, P., Schlolaut, G., Nakagawa, T., Marshall, M., Brauer, A., . . . Suigetsu 2006 project members. (2011). Onset and termination of the late-glacial climate reversal in the high-resolution diatom and sedimentary records from the annually laminated SG06 core from Lake Suigetsu, Japan. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 306(3-4), 103-115.
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2011 Smith, V. C., Mark, D. F., Staff, R. A., Blockley, S. P., Ramsey, C. B., Bryant, C. L., . . . Suigetsu 2006 Project Members. (2011). Toward establishing precise ⁴⁰Ar/³⁹Ar chronologies for Late Pleistocene palaeoclimate archives: an example from the Lake Suigetsu (Japan) sedimentary record. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30(21-22), 2845-2850.
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2011 Staff, R., Ramsey, C., Bryant, C., Brock, F., Payne, R., Schlolaut, G., . . . Suigetsu 2006 Project Members. (2011). New 14C Determinations from Lake Suigetsu, Japan: 12,000 to 0 cal BP. Radiocarbon, 53(3), 511-528.
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2011 Chapligin, B., Leng, M., Webb, E., Alexandre, A., Dodd, J., Ijiri, A., . . . Yam, R. (2011). Inter-laboratory comparison of oxygen isotope compositions from biogenic silica. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75(22), 7242-7256.
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2010 Tyler, J., Kashiyama, Y., Ohkouchi, N., Ogawa, N., Yokoyama, Y., Chikaraishi, Y., . . . Nakagawa, T. (2010). Tracking aquatic change using chlorin-specific carbon and nitrogen isotopes: The last glacial-interglacial transition at Lake Suigetsu, Japan. G3: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 11(9), 1-19.
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2010 Tyler, J., Nederbragt, A., Jones, V., & Thurow, J. (2010). Assessing past temperature and soil pH estimates from bacterial tetraether membrane lipids: evidence from the recent lake sediments of Lochnagar, Scotland. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115(G1), G01015-1-G01015-11.
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2010 Staff, R. A., Bronk Ramsey, C., Nakagawa, T., & Suigetsu 2006 Project Members. (2010). A re-analysis of the Lake Suigetsu terrestrial radiocarbon calibration dataset. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 268(7-8), 960-965.
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2009 Francus, P., Lamb, H., Nakagawa, T., Marshall, M., Brown, E., & Suigetsu 2006 Project Members. (2009). The potential of High-resolution X-ray fluorescence core scanning: applications in paleolimnology. PAGES News, 17(3), 93-96.
2009 Leng, M., Swann, G., Hodson, M., Tyler, J., Patwardhan, S., & Sloane, H. (2009). The potential use of silicon isotope composition of biogenic silica as a proxy for environmental change. Silicon, 1(2), 65-77.
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2008 Tyler, J., Leng, M., Sloane, H., Sachse, D., & Gleixner, G. (2008). Oxygen isotope ratios of sedimentary biogenic silica reflect the European transcontinental climate gradient. Journal of Quaternary Science, 23(4), 341-350.
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2008 Brewer, T., Leng, M., Mackay, A., Lamb, A., Tyler, J., & Marsh, N. (2008). Unravelling contamination signals in biogenic silica oxygen isotope composition: the role of major and trace element geochemistry. Journal of Quaternary Science, 23(4), 321-330.
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2007 Tyler, J. J., Leng, M. J., & Arrowsmith, C. (2007). Seasonality and the isotope hydrology of Lochnagar, a Scottish mountain lake: implications for palaeoclimate research. The Holocene, 17(6), 717-727.
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2007 Tyler, J. J., Leng, M. J., & Sloane, H. J. (2007). The effects of organic removal treatment on the integrity of δ18O measurements from biogenic silica. Journal of Paleolimnology, 37(4), 491-497.
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Book Chapters

Year Citation
2013 Tyler, J. J. (2013). Silicon isotopes in diatoms. In S. Elias (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science.
2007 Flower, R. J., Monteith, D. T., Tyler, J. J., Shilland, E., & Pla, S. (2007). The aquatic flora of Lochnagar. In N. L. Rose (Ed.), Lochnagar: the natural history of a mountain lake (Vol. 12). Dordrecht: Springer.

Conference Items

Year Citation
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.
  • ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant (LE180100185): 'Mass spectrometry for next generation isotope analysis of silicate minerals'. Lead CI with 14 additional collaborators at 9 institutions. $784,351. 2018. 
  • ARC Discovery Project (DP140104093): ‘The application of clumped isotope thermometry to the terrestrial environment’. With Allan Chivas (Lead CI; Wollongong) and Russell Drysdale (Melbourne). $450,000. 2014-2017.
  • Adelaide University Environment Institute Grant: ‘Refining the timing and palaeoenvironmental context for megafauna extinction records at Naracoorte, South Australia’. Lead CI: Liz Reed, $75,000. 2015.
  • Adelaide University Environment Institute Grant: ‘Development of a new method for cromium isotope analysis’. Lead CI: Juraj Farkas, $15,000. 2015.
  • AINSE Honours awards to Briony Chamberlayne and Eliza Lockier, 2015.
  • AINSE Postgraduate award to Georgina Falster, 2015.
  • Adelaide University Environment Institute, ECR Grant: ‘An annual record of climate variability spanning several millennia from mainland Australia’. $18,000. 2014.
  • Adelaide University Environment Institute Grant: ‘Discovery and identification of microscopic volcanic ash remains in southeastern Australian lake sediments: towards improved palaeoclimate chronologies and volcanic histories’. $21,000. 2014.
  • Adelaide University Environment Institute, Interdisciplinary Research Fund: ‘Leaves as rain gauges: ancient hydrology from the isotopic signatures of leaves’. With Cesca McInerney (Lead CI), John Tibby, Seth Westra and Mark Thyer. $30,000. 2014.
  • Sir Mark Mitchell Research Foundation Award: ‘Mollusc shell geochemistry as a tool for reconstructing past climate, pollution and life history’. With Bronwyn Gillanders and Chris Izzo. $8,000. 2014.
  • AINSE Research Award: ‘Sub-decadal climate variability during the Holocene: radiocarbon age constraints for ITRAX geochemical data from West Basin Lake, Victoria (ALNGRA13510)’. $10,275. 2013.
  • AINSE Research Award: ‘Sub-decadal climate variability during the last 3000 years: ITRAX geochemical records from western Victorian maar lake sediments (ALNGRA13006).’ AU$12,550. 2013.
  • NERC Small Grant (as CI with Dr. David Ryves, Loughborough): ‘Critically testing the role of d30Sidiatom as a novel productivity signal in lakes (NE/H011978/1).’ £69,246. 2010-2012.
  • NERC Fellowship: ‘Calibrating the fractionation of stable oxygen and silicon isotopes in diatom silica through laboratory culture experiments (NE/F014708/1).’ £305,190.02. 2009-2012.
  • JSPS Bridge Fellowship. Funding a 6 week research visit to Tokyo to facilitate collaborative discussions and paper writing. JP¥892,000. Nov 2010 - Jan 2011.
  • NERC Isotope Geoscience Facilities grant in kind for isotope analysis of diatom silica (culture samples). £30,500.
  • NERC Isotope Geoscience Facilities grant for isotope analysis of diatom silica (Rostherne Mere; as co-investigator with Dr. David Ryves, Loughborough). £22,980.
  • JSPS Fellowship: ‘Late Quaternary environmental change at Lake Suigetsu, central Japan: organic geochemical evidence for past primary productivity (PE07622)’. JP¥4,608,500. 2008-2009.
  • Centre for Advanced Marine Core Research, Kochi, grant in kind for 500 organic carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses. AU$27,500 (approx. value).

Earth Systems I (GEOLOGY 1103)

This course draws from all fields of geoscience to explore the evolution of Planet Earth. My lectures introduce students to the energy balance on Earth, the fundamentals of atmospheric and ocean circulation and their effects on the hydrosphere, cryosphere and biosphere.

Geochemistry II (GEOLOGY 2505)

This course focuses on the chemistry of the natural world and the chemical evolution of the Earth over geological time. I coordinate this course and my lectures include the partitioning of elements on Earth, low temperature geochemical processes and the fundamentals of stable isotope geochemistry.

Earth Systems History III (GEOLOGY 3505)

This course focuses on the chemistry of the natural world and the chemical evolution of the Earth over geological time. I coordinate this course and my lectures primarily cover climate variability during the late Cenozoic and Quaternary up to present day, including the various techniques used to reconstruct climate change over those timescales.

Structural Geology II (GEOLOGY 2501)

This year (in 2016) I'll be joining my first Pichi Richi field camp with Structural Geology. I'm really looking forward to spending a week out in the Flinders Ranges, and being part of one of Adelaide's longest running geology traditions. 

Principles and Practice of Research II and III (SCIENCE 2300 and 3100)

I regularly contribute to the PPR courses for the BSc Advanced program, leading tutorials and supervising research projects.

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2018 Co-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 Principal Supervisor Metal Isotope Tracers to Reconstruct Hydrological and Climate History of the Coorong-Murray Mouth System Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Yuexiao Shao
2016 Principal Supervisor Late Quaternary climate variability from mollusc geochemistry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Briony Kate Chamberlayne
2016 Co-Supervisor Palaeoenvironmental Analysis of Australia during the Late Cenozoic Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jake William Andrae
2016 Co-Supervisor Human Arrival and Environmental Change Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Haidee Rochelle Cadd
2016 Principal Supervisor Hydrologic-Isotopic Modelling for Palaeoclimate Application Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Martin James Ankor
2015 Principal 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 Principal Supervisor Analysing Antarctic Lake sediments for climate reconstruction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rachel Claire Rudd

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2015 - 2014 Member PAGES Aus2k - Data Manager
2015 - ongoing Member PAGES Iso2k PAGES

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2015 - ongoing Member American Geophysical Union

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
2016 - ongoing Associate Editor Geoscience Frontiers China
Position
Lecturer
Phone
83132810
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Mawson Laboratories, floor G
Room Number
G 06
Org Unit
Earth Sciences

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