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 Jan-Hendrik May, Jan-Hendrik is a Physical Geographer interested in the links between Earth's surface morphology and Quaternary environmental change
- Sarah McSweeney, Sarah is a physical geographer who teaches and researches in coastal geomorphology. Her research focuses on the morphodynamics and evolution of estuaries and beaches in response to changing environmental conditions.
- 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.
- Dr Amy Prendergast, Amy is a palaeoclimatologist and archaeological scientist. She is interested in high-resolution climate and environmental reconstruction, human-environment interaction, and natural hazards.
- 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
- Dr Philip Marren, Philip is a fluvial geomorphologist with research interests in floods, floodplains and river management across four continents
- David Adams. David is interested in the effect of surface grain size distribution on sediment mobility in gravel bed rivers. Supervisors: Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd and Dr Jan-Hendrik May.
- Md. Abdullah Al Baky. Md. Abdullah Al Baky’s research examines the development of avulsion channels in the Murray River floodplain, and the way in which river planform change drives the deposits across the floodplain. Supervisors: Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd and Dr Philip Marren.
- Rhiannon Bezore. Rhiannon’s research incorporates field and GIS work to study the geomorphology of the paleo- and modern rocky coasts of Victoria. Supervisor: Dr David Kennedy.
- Ellen Corrick. Ellen's research explores the precise timing and phasing of rapid climate changes that occurred during the Last Glacial period, based on evidence from speleothem palaeoclimate records. Supervisors: Associate Professor Russell Drysdale and Dr John Hellstrom.
- Bronwyn Dixon. Bronwyn's research focuses on reconstructing multi-decadal rainfall variability in southeast Australia over the past 2000 years, from the perspective of cave desposits and other palaeoclimate archives. Supervisors: Associate Professor Russell Drysdale and Dr Jon Tyler.
- Alissa Flatley. Alissa's doctoral research examines the geomorphology of small dryland streams in the Pilbara to improve the design and environmental values of mining river diversions. Supervisors: Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd and Professor Michael Stewardson
- Lynda Michelle Hanlon (Lever). Lynda's research incorporates laboratory and field work, DNA analyses, and nursery experiments, to examine arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungal species abundance, seasonal fluctuations, and disturbance tolerance in incipient dunes and dune grasses. Supervisors: Associate Professor David Kennedy and Emeritus Professor Lynette Abbott, UWA.
- Jiang Hong. Hong's doctoral research explores the relationship between river channel change and human's activity and livelihood in the river basin. Supervisors: Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd and Professor Mark Wang.
- Jonathan Garber. Jonathan is interested in the interaction between flood hydraulics, sediment transport and vegetation living in the river corridor. Supervisors: Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd, Dr Jon Olley and Dr Marco Ghisalberti.
- Jay Gordon. Jay's research examines Southern Australia's climate response to millennial climate events during the last glacial period, using speleothems as a palaeoclimate proxy. Supervisor: Associate Professor Russell Drysdale.
- Sarah McSweeney. Sarah’s research investigates the morphodynamics and processes of intermittently closed estuaries in Victoria, Australia. Supervisors: Dr David Kennedy and Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd.
- Timothy Pollard. Tim's research aims to improve our understanding of Quaternary interglacial climates over the past 800,000 years by decoding geochemical climate signals preserved in cave mineral deposits (speleothems). Supervisors: Associate Professor Russell Drysdale and Professor Jon Woodhead.
- Alex Sims. Alex's research focuses on how large pulses of sediment affect river systems, and how impacts of such disturbances can be managed. Supervisors: Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd and Dr Marco Ghisalberti.
- Nuosha Zhang. Nuosha's research seeks to quantify the local erosion around single logs with various configurations and sizes and the reach scale erosion associated with multiple logs with various configurations and distributions. Supervisor: Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd.