The GeoQuEST Research Centre represents an interdisciplinary team from the Faculties of Science and Engineering that has a focus on environmental and climate change research under the overall theme of Earth System Science and Technology. The centre brings together outstanding researchers studying the atmosphere (Atmospheric Chemistry), earth (Geography and Geology), and water (Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering) who share central interests in environmental processes and climate change.


Papers from 2013


Strong rocks sustain ancient postorogenic topography in southern Africa, Taryn E. Scharf, Alexandru T. Codilean, Maarten De Wit, John D. Jansen, and Peter W. Kubik

Attribution of sources to metal accumulation in an alpine tarn, the Snowy Mountains, Australia, Nicola Stromsoe, J Nikolaus Callow, Hamish A. McGowan, and Samuel K. Marx


Mid-Holocene age obtained for nested diamond pattern petroglyph in the Billasurgam Cave complex, Kurnool District, southern India, Paul S.C Tacon, Nicole Boivin, Michael Petraglia, James Blinkhorn, Allan Chivas, Richard G. Roberts, David Fink, Thomas Higham, Peter Ditchfield, Ravi Korisettar, and Jian-xin Zhao


Product branching fractions of the CH + propene reaction from synchrotron photoionization mass spectrometry, Adam J. Trevitt, Matthew B. Prendergast, Fabien Goulay, John D. Savee, David L. Osborn, Craig A. Taatjes, and Stephen R. Leone


A raised OIS 3 sea level recorded in coastal sediments, southern Changjiang delta plain, China, Zhanghua Wang, Brian G. Jones, Ting Chen, Baocheng Zhao, and Qing Zhan

Episodic Paleoproterozoic (~2.45, ~1.95 and ~1.85 Ga) mafic magmatism and associated high temperature metamorphism in the Daqingshan area, North China Craton: SHRIMP zircon U-Pb dating and whole-rock geochemistry, Yusheng Wan, Zhongyuan Xu, Chunyan Dong, Allen Nutman, Mingzhu Ma, Hangqiang Xie, Shoujie Liu, Dunyi Liu, Huicu Wang, and Hang Cu

Soil organic carbon enrichment of dust emissions: magnitude, mechanisms and its implications for the carbon cycle, Nicholas P. Webb, Craig L. Strong, Adrian Chappell, Samuel K. Marx, and Granth H. McTainsh

Solutional weathering and karstic landscapes on quartz sandstones and quartzite, Robert Wray


First occurrence and biogeographical significance of the operculate tetracoral Goniophyllum from the Wenlock (Silurian) of Baillie-Hamilton Island, Canadian Arctic, Anthony J. Wright


Notes on the early devonian brachiopod Leptaena ouralensis de Verneuil, 1845, Anthony J. Wright


Morphology and taxonomy of the late Silurian rhynchonellide brachiopod Notoconchidium, Anthony J. Wright and Michael J. Garratt


Removal of trace organic contaminants by nitrifying activated sludge and whole-cell and crude enzyme extract of Trametes versicolor, Shufan Yang, Faisal I. Hai, Long D. Nghiem, Felicity Roddick, and William E. Price

Papers from 2012


Selective transport of Cadmium by PVC/Aliquat 336 polymer inclusion membranes (PIMs): the role of membrane composition and solution chemistry, Sandra Adelung, Burkhard Lohrengel, and Long Duc Nghiem


Accordion vs. quantum tectonics: insights into continental growth processes from the Paleozoic of eastern Gondwanan, Jonathan C. Aitchison and Solomon Buckman

A chronostratigraphic division of the Precambrian: possibilities and challenges, Wladyslaw Altermann, Brian Beard, Paul Hoffman, Clark Johnson, James Kasting, Victor Melezhik, Allen P. Nutman, Dominic Papineau, and Franco Pirajno

Late-magmatic mineral assemblages with siderite and zirconian pyroxene and amphibole in the anorogenic Mt Gibraltar microsyenite, New South Wales, Australia, and their petrological implications, Tom Andersen, Paul Carr, and Muriel Erambert


Bioregional assessment project: Sydney Metropolitan, Southern Rivers and Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchments: data collation phase to study the impact of mining activity and coal seam gas on environmental assets, John Bradd, Tim Cohen, Sam Marx, Sol Buckman, Emma Burkhardt, A Clarke, Nicole Cook, Stephen Cullen, James Daley, Alexi Gavin, Ren Hu, Emma Kiekebosch-Fitt, Matt Lemcke, Andrew Lowe, Thomas Mcmahon, Luke Mcneilage, Kaitlyn O'Mara, Garth Nagle, Sam Robson, Carolyn Silveri, and Joe Stammers

Geomorphic features and infauna diversity of a subtropical mid-ocean carbonate shelf: Lord Howe Island, Southwest Pacific Ocean, Brendan P. Brooke, Matthew A. Mcarthur, Colin D. Woodroffe, Michelle Linklater, Scott L. Nichol, Tara J. Anderson, Richard Mleczko, and Stephen Sagar


Comment on the Ionization Energy of B2F4, Bun Chan, Adam J. Trevitt, Stephen J. Blanksby, and Leo Radom


Atmospheric carbon dioxide retrieved from the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT): Comparison with ground-based TCCON observations and GEOS-Chem model calculations, A Cogan, H Boesch, R Parker, L Feng, Paul Palmer, J-F Blavier, Nicholas M. Deutscher, Ronald Macatangay, Justus Notholt, C M. Roehl, Thorsten Warneke, and Debra Wunch

Late Quaternary mega-lakes fed by the northern and southern river systems of central Australia: varying moisture sources and increased continental aridity, T J. Cohen, G C. Nanson, John D. Jansen, B G. Jones, Z Jacobs, J R. Larsen, J.-H May, P Treble, D M. Price, and A M. Smith


Reef-scale assessment of intertidal large benthic foraminifera populations on one tree Island, great barrier reef and their future carbonate production potential in a warming ocean, Steve S. Doo, Sarah Hamylton, and Maria Byrne

Attaching molecular hydrogen to metal cations: Perspectives from gas-phase infrared spectroscopy, Viktoras Dryza, Berwyck L. J Poad, and Evan J. Bieske


Riverine source of Arctic Ocean mercury inferred from atmospheric observations, Jenny A. Fisher, Daniel J. Jacob, Anne L. Soerensen, Helen M. Amos, Alexandra Steffen, and Elsie M. Sunderland

Product detection of the CH radical reaction with acetaldehyde, Fabien Goulay, Adam J. Trevitt, John D. Savee, Jordy Bouwman, David L. Osborn, Craig A. Taatjes, Kevin R. Wilson, and Stephen R. Leone

Hyperspectral remote sensing of the geomorphic features and habitats of the Al Wajh Bank reef systems, Saudi Arabia, Red Sea, Sarah Hamylton


A geospatial appraisal of ecological and geomorphic change on Diego Garcia Atoll, Chagos Islands (British Indian Ocean Territory), Sarah Hamylton and Holly East

Observations of dugongs at Aldabra Atoll, western Indian Ocean: lagoon habitat mapping and spatial analysis of sighting records, Sarah M. Hamylton, Annelise B. Hagan, and Naomi Doak


Development of a spatial data infrastructure for coastal management in the Amirante Islands, Seychelles, Sarah M. Hamylton and Justin Prosper


Assessing reef island response to environmental conditions on the GBR, Sarah Hamylton and Marjetta Puotinen


Spatial modelling of benthic cover using remote sensing data in the Aldabra lagoon, western Indian Ocean, Sarah Hamylton, Tom Spencer, and A Hagan


Coral reefs and reef islands of the Amirantes Archipelago, Western Indian Ocean, Sarah Hamylton, Tom Spencer, and Annelise B. Hagan


SCIAMACHY WFM-DOAS XCO2: comparison with CarbonTracker XCO2 focusing on aerosols and thin clouds, J Heymann, O Schneising, Markus Reuter, M Buchwitz, V V. Rozanov, Voltaire A. Velazco, H Bovensmann, and J P. Burrows

Non-linear dynamics and attractors for the entrance state of a tidal estuary, J B. Hinwood, Errol J. McLean, and B C. Wilson


Atmospheric tomography: a bayesian inversion technique for determining the rate and location of fugitive emissions, Ruhi Humphries, Charles Jenkins, Ray Leuning, Steve Zegelin, David Griffith, Christopher Caldow, Henry Berko, and Andrew Feitz

Isolation and characterization of charge-tagged phenylperoxyl radicals in the gas phase: direct evidence for products and pathways in low temperature benzene oxidation, Benjamin B. Kirk, David G. Harman, Hilkka I. Kenttamaa, Adam J. Trevitt, and Stephen J. Blanksby

Gas-phase reactions of aryl radicals with 2-butyne: an experimental and theoretical investigation employing the N-methyl-pyridinium-4-yl radical cation, Adrian K Y Lam, Cong Li, George Khairallah, Benjamin B. Kirk, Stephen J. Blanksby, Adam J. Trevitt, Uta Wille, Richard A. J. O'Hair, and Gabriel da Silva

Using trace elements in particulate matter to identify the sources of semivolatile organic contaminants in air at an alpine site, Karen S. Lavin, Kimberly J. Hageman, Samuel K. Marx, Peter W. Dillingham, and Balz S. Kamber


Channel adjustments in response to the operation of large dams: the upper reach of the lower Yellow River, Yuanxu Ma, He Qing Huang, Gerald C. Nanson, Yongi Li, and Wenyi Yao


Evidence of ENSO mega-drought triggered collapse of prehistory Aboriginal society in northwest Australia, Hamish McGowan, Samuel K. Marx, P Moss, and Andrew Hammond

Late Quaternary extraglacial cold-climate deposits in low and mid-altitude Tasmania and their climatic implications, P D. McIntosh, R Eberhard, A Slee, P Moss, David M. Price, P Donaldson, R Doyle, and J Martins


Long-range correlations in Fourier transform infrared, satellite, and modeled CO in the Southern Hemisphere, Olaf Morgenstern, Guang Zeng, Stephen W. Wood, John Robinson, Dan Smale, Clare Paton-Walsh, Nicholas B. Jones, and David W. T Griffith


South East Coastal Adaptation (SECA): coastal urban climate futures in SE Australia from Wollongong to Lakes Entrance: final report, Barbara Norman, Will Steffen, Bob Webb, Tony Capon, Bill Maher, Colin Woodroffe, Kerrylee Rogers, Rob Tanton, Yogi Vidyattama, Jacqui Lavis, Hamish Sinclair, and Brian Weir

Waves and weathering at 3.7 Ga: Geological evidence for an equitable terrestrial climate under the faint early Sun, Allen Phillip Nutman, Vickie C. Bennett, and Clark R L Friend

Differentiation of complex lipid isomers by radical-directed dissociation mass spectrometry, Huong T. Pham, Tony Ly, Adam J. Trevitt, Todd W. Mitchell, and Stephen J. Blanksby

A southern Indian middle palaeolithic occupation surface sealed by the 74 ka Toba eruption: Further evidence from Jwalapuram Locality 22, Richard Roberts, Allan Chivas, Christopher Clarkson, Ravi Korisettar, Nicole Boivin, Michael Petraglia, Peter Ditchfield, Michael Haslam, Janardhana Bora, Sanjay Eksambekar, Victoria Smith, Anna Oh, and Clair Harris

Quaternary fluvial systems of tropics: major issues and status of research, Rajiv Sinha, Edgardo M. Latrubesse, and Gerald C. Nanson


Constraints on instantaneous ozone production rates and regimes during DOMINO derived using in-situ OH reactivity measurements, V Sinha, J Williams, J M. Diesch, F Drewnick, M Martinez, H Harder, E Regelin, Dagmar Kubistin, H Bozem, Z Hosaynali-Beygi, H Fischer, M D. Andres-Hernandez, D Kartal, J A. Adame, and J Lelieveld

Geology, tectonics, and the 2002-2003 eruption of the Semeru volcano, Indonesia: interpreted from high-spatial resolution satellite imagery, Akhmad Solikhin, Jean-Claude Thouret, Avijit Gupta, Andrew J L Harris, and Soo Chin Liew


Anthropogenic factors and nutrient variability along the Coral Coast, Fiji, Ulukalesi Tamata and John Morrison

Remote sensing helps to assess natural hazards and environmental changes in Asia-Pacific region, Jean-Claude Thouret, Soo Chin Liew, and Avijit Gupta

BIOPHYSCHEM2011: A joint meeting of the Australian Society for Biophysics and the RACI Physical Chemistry Division foreword, Adam J. Trevitt, Jeffrey R. Reimers, Ronald J. Clarke, and Jamie I. Vandenberg

Laser-initiated iodine radical chemistry in single microdroplets, Bartholomew S. Vaughn, Phillip J. Tracey, and Adam J. Trevitt

Multiple 3.8-3.1Ga tectono-magmatic events in a newly discovered area of ancient rocks (the Shengousi Complex), Anshan, North China Craton, Yusheng Wan, Dunyi Liu, Allen Nutman, Hongying Zhou, Chunyan Dong, Xiaoyan Yin, and Mingzhu Ma


The significance of carbon-enriched dust for global carbon accounting, Nicholas P. Webb, Adrian Chappell, Craig L. Strong, Samuel K. Marx, and Granth McTainsh


Earth is (mostly) flat: apportionment of the flux of continental sediment over millennial time scales, Jane K. Willenbring, Alexandru T. Codilean, and Brandon Mcelroy


Approaches to risk assessment on Australian coasts: a model framework for assessing risk and adaptation to climate change on Australian coasts: final report, Colin D. Woodroffe, Peter J. Cowell, David P. Callaghan, Roshanka Ranasinghe, Ruben Jongejan, David J. Wainwright, Stephen Barry, Kerrylee Rogers, and Amy J. Dougherty

Mid-Pacific microatolls record sea-level stability over the past 5000 yr, Colin D. Woodroffe, Helen V. McGregor, Kurt Lambeck, Scott Smithers, and David Fink

Sea-level rise and coastal change: the past as a guide to the future, Colin D. Woodroffe and Colin V. Murray-Wallace

Quartz sandstone peak forest landforms of Zhangjiajie Geopark, northwest Hunan Province, China: pattern, constraints and comparison, Guifang Yang, Mingzhong Tian, Xujiao Zhang, Zhenghong Chen, Robert A.L Wray, Zhiliang Ge, Yamin Ping, Zhiyun Ni, and Zhen Yang

Papers from 2011

Erosion rates and mechanisms of knickzone retreat inferred from 10Be measured across strong climate gradients on the northern and central Andes Western Escarpment, Luca M. Abbuhl, Kevin P. Norton, John D. Jansen, Fritz Schlunegger, Ala Aldahan, and Goran Possnert

Dirt, dates and DNA:OSL and radiocarbon chronologies of perenially frozen sediments in Siberia, and their implications for sedimentary ancient DNA studies, Lee J. Arnold, Richard G. Roberts, Ross D.E MacPhee, James S. Haile, Fiona Brock, Per Moller, Duane G. Froese, Alexei N. Tikhonov, Allan R. Chivas, M. Thomas P. Gilbert, and Eske Willerslev

Attractors for the Entrance State of a Tidal Estuary in the Presence of a Multi-Harmonic Tide, S. Baldwin, J. Hinwood, and Errol McLean


Airborne and ground-based measurements of the trace gases and particles emitted by prescribed fires in the United States, I R. Burling, R J. Yokelson, S K. Akagi, S P. Urbanski, C E. Wold, David W. Griffith, T J. Johnson, J Reardon, and D R. Weise


Global CO(2) fluxes inferred from surface air-sample measurements and from TCCON retrievals of the CO(2) total column, Frederic Chevallier, Nicholas M. Deutscher, T J. Conway, P Ciais, L Ciattaglia, S Dohe, M Frohlich, A J. Gomez-Pelaez, David W. Griffith, F Hase, L Haszpra, Paul Krummel, E Kyro, C Labuschagne, R Lagenfelds, T Machidda, F Maignan, H Matsueda, I Morino, Justus Notholt, M Ramonet, Y Sawa, M Schmidt, V Sherlock, P Steele, K Strong, R Sussmann, Paul O. Wennberg, Steven C. Wofsy, D Worthy, Debra Wunch, and M Zimnoch


Continental aridification and the vanishing of Australia's megalakes, Timothy J. Cohen, Gerald C. Nanson, John D. Jansen, B. G. Jones, Zenobia Jacobs, P Treble, David M. Price, Jan-Hendrik May, A Smith, Linda K. Ayliffe, and John C. Hellstrom

A 100 ka record of fluvial activity in the Fitzroy River Basin, tropical northeastern Australia, Jacky Croke, John D. Jansen, Kathryn Amos, and Timothy J. Pietsch


Chemically activated reactions on the C7H5 energy surface: Propargyl + diacetylene, i-C5H3 + acetylene, and n-C5H3 + acetylene, Gabriel da Silva and Adam J. Trevitt

Cenozoic development of the lapstone structural complex, Sydney Basin, New South Wales, Christopher L. Fergusson, A. Bray, and Peter Hatherly


Sources, distribution, and acidity of sulfate-ammonium aerosol in the Arctic in winter-spring, Jenny A. Fisher, Daniel J. Jacob, Q Wang, Roya Bahreini, C C. Carouge, M J. Cubison, Jack E. Dibb, Thomas Diehl, J L. Jimenez, E M. Leibensperger, Zifeng Lu, Marcel B.J Meinders, H. O T. Pye, Patricia K. Quinn, Sangeeta Sharma, David G. Streets, Aaron Van Donkelaar, and R M. Yantosca


The Australian methane budget: interpreting surface and train-borne measurements using a chemistry transport model, A Fraser, C C. Miller, Paul Palmer, Nicholas M. Deutscher, Nicholas B. Jones, and David W. Griffith

Dunites from Isua, Greenland: a ca. 3720 Ma window into subcrustal metasomatism of depleted mantle, C R.L. Friend and Allen P. Nutman

Unexpected post-settlement freshening and increase in charophytes in Bombah Broadwater (Myall Lakes, New South Wales, Australia), Adriana Garcia, John Tibby, Emily Leyden, and Atun Zawadzki

Measured deuterium in water vapour concentration does not improve the constraint on the partitioning of evapotranspiration in a tall forest canopy, as estimated using a soil vegetation atmosphere transfer model, David W. Griffith, Vanessa E. Haverd, Matthias Cuntz, J Twining, C Keitel, and C Tadros

Absolute accuracy and sensitivity analysis of OP-FTIR retrievals of CO2, CH4 and CO over concentrations representative of "clean air" and "polluted plumes", David W. Griffith, T E L Smith, M Tattaris, and Martin Wooster

The total carbon column observing network, David W. Griffith, G C. Toon, J-F Blavier, Paul O. Wennberg, Justus Notholt, Brian Connor, V Sherlock, Rebecca A. Washenfelder, and Debra Wunch


Preliminary validation of column-averaged volume mixing ratios of carbon dioxide and methane retrieved from GOSAT short-wavelength infrared spectra, David W. Griffith, G C. Toon, B Connor, R Sussmann, Thorsten Warneke, Nicholas M. Deutscher, Paul O. Wennberg, Justus Notholt, V Sherlock, J Robinson, O Uchino, C M. Roehl, I Morino, Debra Wunch, Janina Messerschmidt, Y Yoshida, M Inoue, and M Rettinger

An evaluation of waveband pairs for water column correction using band ratio methods for seabed mapping in the Seychelles, Sarah Hamylton

Estimating the coverage of coral reef benthic communities from airborne hyperspectral remote sensing data: Multiple discriminant function analysis and linear spectral unmixing, Sarah Hamylton

The use of remote sensing and linear wave theory to model local wave energy around Alphonse Atoll, Seychelles, Sarah Hamylton

Geomorphological modelling of tropical marine landscapes: optical remote sensing, patches and spatial statistics, Sarah Hamylton and Tom Spencer

Collisional accretion of a Late Ordovician oceanic island arc, Northern Tasman Orogenic Zone, Australia, R. A. Henderson, B. M. Innes, Christopher L. Fergusson, A. J. Crawford, and I. W. Withnall

Archaean fluid-assisted crustal cannibalism recorded by low δ18O and negative εHf(T) isotopic signatures of West Greenland granite zircon, Joe Hiess, Vickie Bennett, Allen Phillip Nutman, and I. Williams

Does decreasing paraglacial sediment supply slow knickpoint retreat?, John D. Jansen, Derek Fabel, Paul Bishop, Sheng Xu, Christoph Schnabel, and Alexandru T. Codilean


Electron affinities, well depths, and vibrational spectroscopy of cis- and trans-HOCO, Christopher J. Johnson, Michael E. Harding, Berwyck L. J Poad, John F. Stanton, and Robert E. Continetti


Communication: New insight into the barrier governing CO2 formation from OH + CO, Christopher J. Johnson, Berwyck L. Poad, Ben B. Shen, and Robert E. Continetti


Photoelectron-photofragment coincidence spectroscopy in a cryogenically cooled linear electrostatic ion beam trap, Christopher J. Johnson, Ben B. Shen, Berwyck L. J Poad, and Robert E. Continetti

Reconstructing recent sedimentation in two urbanised coastal lagoons (NSW, Australia) using radioisotopes and geochemistry, Brian G. Jones, H Heijnis, J. Harrison, Suzanne E. Hollins, S Hankin, and Atun Zawadzki

On the possible origins of an unusual (mid to late holocene) coastal deposit, Old Punt Bay, South-East Australia, Brian G. Jones, Adam D. Switzer, S K. Haslett, Dale Dominey-Howes, D M. Everett, C Courtney, B L. Mamo, and L C. Strotz

Methane emissions from grazing Angus beef cows selected for divergent residual feed intake, Fiona Jones, Frances Phillips, Travis Naylor, and N. Mercer

Strategy for high-accuracy-and-precision retrieval of atmospheric methane from the mid-infrared FTIR network, Nicholas B. Jones, R Sussmann, M Rettinger, and F Forster

The geomorphology of the flanks of the Lord Howe Island volcano, Tasman Sea, Australia, D. Kennedy, B. Brooke, Colin Woodroffe, Brian G. Jones, C. Waikari, and S. Nichol

Improving the synoptic mapping of coral reef geomorphology using object-based image analysis, Javier Leon and Colin Woodroffe


Reactions of simple and peptidic alpha-carboxylate radical anions with dioxygen in the gas phase, Tony Ly, Benjamin B. Kirk, Pramesh I. Hettiarachchi, Berwyck L. Poad, Adam J. Trevitt, Gabriel da Silva, and Stephen J. Blanksby

Glacial Lake Vitim, a 3000-km3 outburst flood from Siberia to the Arctic Ocean, Martin Margold, Krister N. Jansson, Arjen P. Stroeven, and John D. Jansen

Holocene dust deposition rates in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin record the interplay between aridity and the position of the mid-latitude westerlies, Samuel K. Marx, Balz Kamber, Hamish McGowan, and John Denholm

Palaeoclimate from Corals, Helen V. McGregor


Paleoclimate from corals, Helen V. McGregor

Rapid U-series dating of young fossil corals by laser ablation MC-ICPMS, Helen V. McGregor, John Hellstrom, David Fink, Q. Hua, and Colin Woodroffe

Snowy River Recovery - Snowy flow response monitoring and modelling: Physical response to the spring 2010 environmental flow release to the Snowy River estuary, Errol McLean and Jon Hinwood