Cassandra is a palaeoecologist and palynologist with experience working across northern Australia, Britain, Papua New Guinea and Southeast Asia. Her research focusses on long-term environmental dynamics and human-environmental relationships within monsoonal regions, understanding vegetation composition, distribution and change with emphasis on tropical-savanna landscapes, dry-rainforest associations and island flora. The application of environmental history to ecosystem management is an additional committment. Cassandra’s interests have been pursued in collaboration with archaeological science and Earth-system modelling, and are complemented by work in research support-tool database developments.

Cassandra joined JCU in 2014 having previously worked at a number of academic institutions, and with a background collaborating with museums, conservation NGOs and Indigenous organisations. Additional experience includes contract research in industry within Australia and overseas. Cassandra is based within the College of Science and Engineering (GeoScience), and forms part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, and ‘What is natural? Humans, megafauna and climate in northern Australia’ research teams. For further examples of project work refer to the Earth systems science QUEST and BRIDGE programs, the pollen database APSA, Jawoyn Homeland Project Connecting Country, and the Maritime Settlement of Southern New Guinea Project (Archaeology of Caution Bay).


  • EA2404: From Icehouse to Greenhouse (Level 2; CNS)
  • Quaternary tropical environmental variability
  • Savanna composition and dynamics
  • Fire regimes and biodiversity
  • Pollen morphology
  • Cultural landscapes
  • Climate change verses human impact signals in the palaeoenvironmental record
  • Environmental history applications to landscape and habitat management
  • 2015 to 2019 - Research Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2011 to 2013 - Research Fellow, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Archaeological/Heritage Management, Private & Academic combined (Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea)
  • 2007 to 2009 - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bristol (Bristol, England)
  • 2006 to 2007 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian National University (Canberra, Australia)
  • 2001 to 2005 - PhD Candidate, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia)

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