Ancient environments

Environmental protection and resource development are both critical to society. Our group’s fundamentally interdisciplinary research focuses on uncovering, documenting and understanding ancient environments to inform management of current natural and anthropogenically modified environments while ensuring that critical natural resources can be developed to meet society’s needs.

Our research spans all of Earth history in both marine and terrestrial settings, but we have special expertise in the areas of coal geology, Australian Quaternary vertebrate evolution, paleoclimatology, ancient coral reefs, biostratigraphy and geomorphological evolution of the continents. 

Our work combines systematic taxonomy in a wide range of organisms, advanced geochronology and environmental geochemistry, and multiscale spatial analysis to advance resource exploration and to uncover the trajectories of environmental change that are needed to better model future change and help manage Australia’s terrestrial and marine environments.