- isotope geochemistry
- quaternary science
- carbon cycle science
- 2014 to present - JCU Distinguished Professor and ARC Laureate Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
- 2009 to 2013 - JCU Distinguished Professor and ARC Federation Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
- 2004 to 2008 - Professor and Chair In Environmental Change, University of St Andrews (St. Andrews, Scotland)
- 2000 to 2003 - Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
- 1990 to 2000 - Fellow and QEII Fellow, Australian National University (Canberra, Australia)
- 1989 to 1990 - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada)
- Research Disciplines
I trained as a geologist at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University, obtaining a PhD in isotope geochemistry in 1988. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, I returned to Australia as research Fellow, Queen Elizabeth II Fellow and Fellow at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University.
In 2000 I took up an Associate Professorship in Singapore and in 2004 moved to the Chair in Environmental Change at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. I returned again to Australia to take up a Federation Fellowship in the School of Earth and Environmental Science at James Cook University (Cairns campus) in February 2009.
My research interests include the terrestrial carbon cycle, biochar, geoarchaeology and understanding the trajectory of past and future environmental change in the tropics.
- 2014 - ARC Laureate Fellow
- 2007 - Royal Society of Edinburgh
- 2009 to 2014 - ARC Federation Fellow
- 1995 to 2000 - ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow
- 2010 - JCU Distinguished Professor
These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU.
- Journal Articles
- Bird M, McBeath A, Ascough P, Levchenko V, Wurster C, Munksgaard N, Smernik R and Williams A (2017) Loss and gain of carbon during char degradation. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 106. pp. 80-89
- Agegnehu G, Nelson P and Bird M (2016) Crop yield, plant nutrient uptake and soil physicochemical properties under organic soil amendments and nitrogen fertilization on Nitisols. Soil and Tillage Research, 160. pp. 1-13
- Agegnehu G, Bass A, Nelson P and Bird M (2016) Benefits of biochar, compost and biochar-compost for soil quality, maize yield and greenhouse gas emissions in a tropical agricultural soil. Science of the Total Environment, 543 (Part A). pp. 295-306
- Bird M, O'Grady D and Ulm S (2016) Humans, water, and the colonization of Australia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113 (41). pp. 11477-11482
- Ellahi S, Taghipour B, Zarasvandi A, Bird M and Somarin A (2016) Mineralogy, geochemistry and stable iosotope studies of the dopolan bauxite deposit, Zagros Mountain, Iran. Minerals, 6 (1). pp. 1-21
- Goodrick I, Nelson P, Nake S, Webb M, Bird M and Huth N (2016) Tree-scale spatial variability of soil carbon cycling in a mature oil palm plantation. Soil Research, 54 (4). pp. 397-406
- Goodrick I, Connor S, Bird M and Nelson P (2016) Emission of CO₂ from tropical riparian forest soil is controlled by soil temperature, soil water content and depth to water table. Soil Research, 54 (3). pp. 311-320
- Jenberu G, Nelson P and Bird M (2016) The effects of biochar, compost and their mixture and nitrogen fertilizer on yield and nitrogen use efficiency of barley grown on a Nitisol in the highlands of Ethiopia. Science of the Total Environment, 569-570. pp. 869-879
- Johnson C, Alroy J, Beeton N, Bird M, Brook B, Cooper A, Gillespie R, Herrando-Pérez S, Jacobs Z, Miller G, Prideaux G, Roberts R, Rodriguez-Rey M, Saltre F, Turney C and Bradshaw C (2016) What caused extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna of Sahul? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological Sciences, 283 (1824). pp. 1-8
- Pandolfo Paz C, Goosem M, Bird M, Preece N, Goosem S, Fensham R and Laurance S (2016) Soil types influence predictions of soil carbon stock recovery in tropical secondary forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 376. pp. 74-83
- Twaddle R, Ulm S, Hinton J, Wurster C and Bird M (2016) Sclerochronological analysis of archaeological mollusc assemblages: methods, applications and future prospects. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 8 (2). pp. 359-379
- Book Chapters
- Wurster C and Bird M (2016) Barriers and bridges: early human dispersals in equatorial SE Asia. In: Geology and Archaeology: submerged landscapes of the continental shelf. Special Publications. Geological Society of London, London, UK, pp. 235-250
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 133+ research outputs authored by Prof Michael Bird from 2002 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation - Access to Major Research Facilities Programme Application for Support
Using radiocarbon to measure microbial respiration of charcoal
- Indicative Funding
- Building on previous AINSE funding, this project aims to determine the contribution of indigenous charcoal carbon to CO2 respired from the charcoal after three years evironmental exposure on a tropical rainforest soil surface at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory, Cape Tribulation. The results will unequivocally demonstrate the degree to which the microbial carbon pool contains carbon derived from radiocarbon dead charcoal.
- Michael Bird (College of Science & Engineering)
- Biochar; Charcoal; Respiration; readiocarbon
Department of the Environment - National Environmental Research Program - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub
Gamba Grass Effects on Savanna Carbon and Fire
- Indicative Funding
- To provide soil analysis and data.
- Michael Bird (College of Science & Engineering)
- Gamba; Isotope; Savanna; Pyrogenic Carbon; Carbon; Soil
Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects
Palaeo-vegetation, biodiversity and early human dispersal through island Southeast Asia
- Indicative Funding
- $306,666 over 2 years
- This study will use newly developed and fully validated isotope techniques to obtain robustly dated proxy records of vegetation change from the thick deposits of cave guano that occur extensively throughout island Southeast Asia (Sundaland). We will test the hypothesis that during the Last Glacial Period, there was a substantial contraction of the rainforest towards the equator into refugia. This led to the development of an open `savannah corridor? connecting savanna north and south of the equator. The project will shed new light on the palaeoclimatology of the region and provide a major contribution to explaining modern biogeographic patterns across Sundaland, as well as the trajectories of early human dispersal through the region.
- Michael Bird in collaboration with Bin Zhou (College of Science & Engineering and Nanjing University)
- aeoenvironment; stable isotope; Quaternary
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.
- Interactions between Vegetation and Silicon Cycling in the Wet Tropics (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Modelling the Nitrogen Budget of Oil Palm Plantations to Reduce Uncertainty in Life Cycle Assesment. Case Study in Sumatra, Indonesia. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Soil in Mango and Banana fields: Effects of Nitrogen Fertiliser Type and Mulching (Masters, Secondary Advisor)
- A Deeper Understanding of Isoscapes in the Tropics (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Biochar Soil Fertility and Carbon Sequestration in the Tropics (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Long Records of Environmental Change from Sinkhole Sediments in the Northern Australian Semi-Arid Zone (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Soil Respiration in Tropical Savannas and Transition Zones (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Soil Carbon Dynamics Under Oil Palm Plantations. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Rates of Erosion and Weathering in the Tropics. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Improving the Cation Retention Capacity of Tropical Soils Using High Activity Clays (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Impacts of Biochar and Compost on Soil Fertility, Crop Performance and Carbon Sequestration in Tropical Agricultural Soils (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Environmental Change and Anthropogenic Fire in northern Australia during the late Holocene (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Environmental controls on wood density in tropical forests (2015, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Cloud to coast: assessing, monitoring and managing forest carbon in Papua New Guinea (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Patterns of secondary forest recovery in two soil types (2016, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- A Novel Application of Sclerochronology and Scleroisotope Analysis: Forging New Understandings of Aboriginal Occupation in the South Wellesley Archipelago, Gulf of Carpentaria. (2016, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Managing Mangrove Dominated Muddy Coasts through Integration of Local and Scientific Knowledge in Kien Giang, Vietnam and Brebes, Indonesia (2016, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Global change effects on soil C and soil C cycling (2012, PhD, Primary Advisor)
These are the most recent metadata records associated with this researcher. To see a detailed description of all dataset records, visit the JCU Research Data Catalogue.
- Twaddle, R. (2016) Temperature data from Mirdidingki Creek, Bentinck Island, June 2013 - July 2014. James Cook University
- Davies, K. (2015) Soil respiration measurements for savanna and forest vegetation types in the Wet Tropics and Atherton Tablelands region. James Cook University
- Bird, M. (2012) Algal biochar: effects and applications data. James Cook University
- Bird, M. (2012) Maps of the evolution of the Irrawaddy delta region, Myanmar, since 1850. James Cook University
- Bird, M. (2012) Forest contraction in north equatorial Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Sarawak, Palawan, Borneo and the Philippines) during the Last Glacial Period from stable carbon isotope data. James Cook University
The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
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- 5+ collaborations
- 4 collaborations
- 3 collaborations
- 2 collaborations
- 1 collaboration
- Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)