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Dr Jonathan Palmer

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Dr Jonathan Palmer specializes in tree-ring applications (dendrochronology) for reconstruction and analysis of climate variability and change, as well as radiocarbon dating.


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I am a paleoclimatologist, dendrochronologist, and earth systems geographer specializing in the reconstruction and analysis of climate...view more

Dr Jonathan Palmer specializes in tree-ring applications (dendrochronology) for reconstruction and analysis of climate variability and change, as well as radiocarbon dating.


My Research Supervision


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I am a paleoclimatologist, dendrochronologist, and earth systems geographer specializing in the reconstruction and analysis of climate variability and change and the interaction between past climate and human society.

My research uses an array of techniques to develop and interpret evidence for past, present, and future climate dynamics across a range of temporal and spatial scales, from local to global and interannual to millennial. These include dendroclimatology, climate field reconstruction and spatiotemporal data analysis, intra-annual variables, proxy systems modeling, and the use of palaeoclimate data with General Circulation Modelling. 

Students in my lab work on a diverse set of projects related to climate and environmental variability and change across a range of temporal and spatial scales.   Possible thesis or disseration projects include:  palaeoclimate reconstruction of past drought and temperature variability; integrating climate models and earth systems data to better understand how the ocean-atmosphere system works and how it is likely to change in the future; coupled human and natural systems, particularly in Australasia; improved statistical, proxy system, and climate modelling approaches for understanding climate dynamics and environmental change in the past, present, and future.

I am also involved with the development of the radiocarbon calibration curve using tree-rings and there are project opportunities related to improving the dating accuracy and precision.


Currently supervising

  • Philippa Higgins (PhD Scientia Scholarship candidate) – Improving our understanding of climate change-groundwater interactions in the Pacific
  • Nur Syahiza Zainuddin (PhD Scientia Scholarship candidate) – Climate change impacts on water resources for Indian Ocean island communities
  • Sanna Deano (MPhil) – Subfossil wood property degradation of New Zealand Agathis australis – implications for the timber industry
  • Priya Parsons O’Brien (Honours candidate) – Subfossil Tasmanian huon (Lagarostrobos franklinii) preservation patterns in alluvial channels. 
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Location

Room 535, Level 5
Hilmer Building (E10)
UNSW, Kensington 2052

Contact

+61-2-9385 2067 Ext 59043