About

I chose to specialize in environmental geochemistry, particularly in stable isotope biogeochemistry, because it gives me the flexibility to investigate a wide range of topics that can contribute to our understanding of environmental change. My research incorporates both terrestrial (from the humid tropics to drylands) and aquatic systems (both freshwater and oceanic), and I have utilized a suite of stable isotope ratios on a wide array of materials including water, carbonate, phosphate, and organic matter. My current foci include developing records of environmental change from cave guano and lacustrine sediments, investigating pyrogenic carbon and organic geochemical archives using hydrogen pyrolysis, and continuing to investigate animal behaviour using stable isotope compositions of their tissues and biogenic minerals such as bones, shells and fish otoliths.

 

 

 

Teaching
  • EA2404: From Icehouse to Greenhouse (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • EA3800: Earth and Environmental Geochemistry (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EA5046: Earth and Environmental Geochemistry (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • EA5404: From Icehouse to Greenhouse (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Quaternary environments of tropical and semi-arid regions
  • High-resolution archives of abrupt and seasonal environmental change
  • Stable isotope tracers of animal behavior and energetics
  • Bioenergetics in fish ecology
  • Global Change and sustainability
  • Method development for the acquisition of environmental archives
Experience
  • 2006 to 2009 - Research Fellow, University of St Andrews (St Andrews, Scotland)
  • 2005 - Sea Grant Scholar, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK, Canada)
Research Disciplines
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Current
  • Understanding the Genesis and Patterns of Cave Fill across the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • E1.005A, Health & Sciences (Cairns campus)
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