Duanne White

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I am a quantitative geomorphologist and geochemist interested in catchment and Earth Systems. For me, this involves understanding the links between landscape, climate and critters, and how these have changed during the Quaternary period – i.e. the last couple of million years. This interest has taken me across Australia and on several trips to Antarctica, the Arctic and Sub-Antarctic Islands and beyond.

My research in polar regions has focussed on generating records of past ice sheet changes, which informs ice sheet model development and projections of future sea level rise. I have utilised isotopic tracers such as cosmogenic nuclides to investigate the dynamics of the ice sheets on glacial-interglacial timescales. Much of my existing work has been on-shore, but I’m increasingly interested in the offshore part of the system, including developing methods for understanding how ice shelves have functioned in the past.

In Australia I have been working to build a picture of how climate and landscapes have evolved during the Quaternary. My teaching program has allowed me to build a diverse understanding of these processes and events, especially in east Australia, and I’m starting to apply cosmogenic nuclides to investigate the rates and timing of landscape-scale events in the eastern highlands. I have also leveraged my experience in the geothermal exploration industry to investigate past temperatures across eastern Australia from borehole paleothermometry.

Since moving to UC, I’ve been exposed to how landscape events affect modern-day patterns of genetic diversity. I’m working with colleagues at UC and beyond to help bring a paleo-perspective to the amazing genetic datasets now being generated from critters in Australia and Antarctica.

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Research Output

Beryllium isotope signatures of ice shelves and sub-ice shelf circulation

White, D. A., Fink, D., Post, A. L., Simon, K., Galton-Fenzi, B., Foster, S., Fujioka, T., Jeromson, M. R., Blaxell, M. & Yokoyama, Y., 1 Jan 2019, In : Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 505, p. 86-95 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    High vagility facilitates population persistence and expansion prior to the Last Glacial Maximum in an antarctic top predator: The Snow petrel (Pagodroma nivea)

    Carrea, C., Burridge, C. P., Wienecke, B., Emmerson, L. M., White, D. & Miller, K. J., 1 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Biogeography. 46, 2, p. 442-453 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Holocene glacier fluctuations and environmental changes in subantarctic South Georgia inferred from a sediment record from a coastal inlet

    Berg, S., White, D. A., Jivcov, S., Melles, M., Leng, M. J., Rethemeyer, J., Allen, C., Perren, B., Bennike, O. & Viehberg, F., Jan 2019, In : Quaternary Research (United States). 91, 1, p. 132-148 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Late Holocene colonisation of snow petrels (Pagodroma nivea) of the Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica

    Berg, S., White, D. A., Hermichen, W. D. & Emmerson, L., Jun 2019, In : Polar Biology. 42, 6, p. 1167-1173 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Phylogeography and species delimitation of Cherax destructor (Decapoda Parastacidae) using genome-wide SNPs

    Unmack, P. J., Young, M. J., Gruber, B., White, D., Kilian, A., Zhang, X. & Georges, A., 2019, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. 70, 6, p. 857-869 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)