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I graduated with a BSc (first class Honours) from the Australian National University. I received an Australian Postgraduate Award and John Conrad Jaeger Scholarship and completed a PhD at the Research School of Earth Sciences. This also included a semester at the Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington. I was awarded the Robert Hill Prize in 2000 for outstanding PhD research and communication of science. I spent my first postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado. Subsequently, I spent 5 years as an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow and then as a Research Fellow at the Department of Nuclear Physics, The Australian National University. I lectured at the University of Exeter from 2009 to 2017. I was appointed at the University of Portsmouth in 2018. I hold a joint appointment as a Future Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Research Interests

My research interests fall within the following main areas:

1)    Geochronology (using cosmogenic nuclides to solve dating problems. I also use optically stimulated luminescence and radiocarbon to date past environmental change)

2)    Geomorphology (determining the magnitude of past environmental change using the extent of former glaciers, periglacial landscapes, aeolian landforms and lake levels)

3)    Photogrammetry (creating 3D models of the landscape and objects)

4)    Palaeoceanography (especially using planktonic foraminifera to reconstruct past sea-surface temperature through transfer functions)

5)    Data archaeology (especially rescuing data sets, databases and visualising big data)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Australian National University

Award Date: 1 Apr 2001

External positions

Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter

1 Aug 200928 Apr 2018

Research Fellow, Australian National University

1 Aug 200031 Jul 2009


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