Our fundamental aim is to integrate key terrestrial and marine paleoenvironmental and paleoclimate records in order to inform modern conservation and management strategies directed at protecting Australia’s vulnerable terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

Our research focuses on the Quaternary (last 2.6 million years) history of Queensland. It includes projects that investigate faunal extinction in Australia and historical ecological, geological and environmental changes on the Great Barrier Reef.


Our work is supported by high-quality radiometric dating and environmental geochemistry carried out in the Centre for Geoanalytical Mass Spectrometry, which comprises the  Radiogenic Isotope Facility, the Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory and the Stable Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory.

Access to these facilities allows us to place our observations in an accurate chronological timeframe and to reconstruct past environmental conditions.

For more information, visit our laboratories pages.