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.




  • 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)
  • 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
  • 2006 to 2009 - Research Fellow, University of St Andrews (St Andrews, Scotland)
  • 2005 - Sea Grant Scholar, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK, Canada)
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Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering - Research Award

High resolution monsoon record from a Maar Lake in cantorial Burma

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The Indian/Asian monsoon represents one of the major climate systems on the planet and is intimately connected to the Australian monsoon. Most previous research monsoon variability has focused on widely separated records from the Arabian Sea/India and Indochina/China. Between these there are no well-resolved lowland terrestrial records. We identified volcanic and cored a crater lake in Myanmar producing a 3,000 year sediment record. From Itrax, XRF we conclude that the core contains the first continuous terrestrial record of monsoon variability from Myanmar, providing a critical link between records of Indian and Asian monsoon variability. We seek dates to develop the chronology of this record.
Michael Bird and Chris Wurster in collaboration with David Taylor and Nay Win Oo (College of Science & Engineering and National University of Singapore)
Marabou Storks; Palaeoenvironment; Monsoon; stable isotope; Radiocarbon

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  • Understanding the Genesis and Patterns of Cave Fill across the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Climate Change Effects on Tropical Trees: Phenology, Eco-Physiology and Stable Isotopes of Amazon Forest Species under Increasing CO2 (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Paleoclimate Reconstruction of Northern Australia: What is Natural? Interactions between Humans, Maga Fauna and Climate (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Paleo Reconstruction of Lake Kinrara (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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