BSc (Hons) Geography - Specialization in Environment and Resource Management (The University of Western Ontario); MSc Physical Geography (The University of Western Ontario).
Contact details for Ms Heather Haines - email@example.com
Reconstructing a 1000 year record of rainfall for the Southeast Queensland region using dendrochronology as a paleoclimate proxy data technique.
In the Southeast Queensland (SEQ) region rainfall has been proven to play a major role in extreme climatic events. However, the frequency of these major events is uncertain as the historical instrumental record of rainfall for SEQ extends back only to a maximum date of 1870. Therefore a significant extension of the historical rainfall record is required to determine the frequency of flood events. Dendrochronology, the study of tree rings, is a key technique to develop this long term rainfall record as the rings provide annually resolved evidence of climate. This research proposes to undertake a large scale study of SEQ to develop a master tree ring chronology using tree species that have all been identified as varieties that retain an annual ring and record a precipitation signal. This master chronology will then be used to create a rainfall reconstruction for the region for the past millennia.
- Prof Jon Olley
- Dr Justine Kemp
- Dr Jonathan Palmer (UNSW)
- Dr Nathan English (CQU)
- Environmental change
- Alpine geomorphology
- Haines, H.A., Olley, J.M., Kemp, J., English, N.B. (2016). Progress in Australian dendroclimatology: Identifying growth limiting factors in four climate zones. Science of the Total Environment, 572, 412-421.
- Kemp, J., Olley, J.M., Haines, H.A. (2016). Flow variability and channel forms in southeast Queensland. Proceedings of the 8th Australian Stream Management Conference. Leura, NSW, 31st July – 3rd August.
Current research grants
- North American Dendroecological Fieldweek, Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015-2016. "Growth and climate responses of four Pinus species on Norumbega Mountain, Acadia National Park"
- Wet Tropics Management Authority, Student Research Grant, 2015-2016 “Reconstructing rainfall in the Wet Tropics from Hoop Pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) tree rings”
- Australian Institute of Nuclear Sciences and Engineering, Postgraduate Research Award, 2014-2016 “Developing the first long-term (>150 years) rainfall record for Southeast Queensland”
- Wet Tropics Management Authority, Student Research Grant, 2014-2016 “Linking climate and growth in tropical and subtropical Queensland”
- Australian and New Zealand Geomorphology Group Best Poster by a PhD Student Award, 16th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Geomorphology Group Conference, 2014
- Dr Christy Fellows Award for the Best Student 15-Minute Presentation, Australian Rivers Institute, Higher Degree by Research Student Symposium, 2014
- Australian Rivers Institute 3-Minute Presentation 1st Place Award, Higher Degree by Research Student Symposium, 2013
- Australian and New Zealand Geomorphology Group Early Career Representative, 2014-2017
- Co-Organizer of the 16th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Geomorphology Group Conference, Mt Tambourine, Queensland, Australia; November 30 – December 3, 2014
- Australian Rivers Institute, Higher Degree by Research Students Nathan Campus Representative, 2014