Researchers in The School of Geography investigate the processes that form and change the Earth’s surface, with a primary focus on fluvial, coastal, glacial and karst environments.
Our research also considers human interactions with the Earth’s surface, and this is extended to understand extreme events, such as flooding and storms, and the impacts of climate change. We are actively engaged in applying geomorphology to improve the management of waterways and coasts. Our research is carried out in Australia and at field sites across the globe, including New Zealand, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Caribbean, southern Africa, the UK, Iceland, Italy, France and Croatia.
- Associate Professor Russell Drysdale, Russell is a palaeoclimatologist specialising in reconstructing Earth’s climate history from geochemical signatures preserved in cave deposits
- Associate Professor David Kennedy, David is a Physical Geographer who researches the impact of climate change on coastal landforms in Australasia and the Pacific.
- Dr Philip Marren, Philip is a fluvial geomorphologist with research interests in floods, floodplains and river management across four continents
- Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd, Ian’s research interest is in river processes and management, with a particular interest in fluvial geomorphology, including sediment transport, hydrology and hydraulics. He is heavily involved in State and National programs to restore the environmental conditions of aquatic systems.
- Associate Professor Brian Finlayson, Brian Finlayson is a physical geographer with specialist expertise in geomorphology and environmental hydrology.
- Dr James Grove , James is a geomorphologist who uses GIS and field research to undertake research on riverbank erosion, arctic fluvial geomorphology, river condition assessment
- Lynda M. Hanlon. Lynda’s research examines the seasonal fluctuations and salt tolerance of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal colonization in an exotic, invasive C3 sand dune grass, and a native C4 sand dune grass, in ephemeral, incipient sand dunes.
Supervisors: Dr. David Kennedy and Prof Lyn Abbott