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20072020
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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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Projects 2012 2020

Unravelling the mystery of the mighty ape's last stand.

WHITE, D., Westaway, K. & Haberle, S.

Australian Research Council

16/03/1715/03/20

Project: OtherResearch

Innovative isotopic techniques to study the response of soil and water resources to modern and past climate change

WHITE, D., Baker, A., Bennett, V., Bruton, E., Cartwright, I., Cendon, D., Dodson, J., Dosseto, A., Eggins, S., Fink, D., Graham, I., Joannes-Boyau, R., McPhail, D. C. B., Norman, M., Nutman, A., Scheffers, A. & Sullivan, L.

Australian Research Council

1/01/1431/12/19

Project: Other

Research Output 2007 2018

Exploration of subsurface Antarctica: uncovering past changes and modern processes

Siegert, M., Jamieson, S. & WHITE, D. 2018 Geological Society Special Publication, 461, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

ice sheet
ice flow
ice
Pluto
sheet flow
1 Citations

Was South Georgia covered by an ice cap during the Last Glacial Maximum?

WHITE, D., Bennike, O., Melles, M., Berg, S. & Binnie, S. 2018 Geological Society Special Publication, 461, p. 49-59 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

ice cap
Last Glacial Maximum
glacial deposit
Last Glacial
hardness
4 Citations

Late Holocene temperature variability in Tasmania inferred from borehole temperature data

SUMAN, S., Dyer, F. & White, D. 2 Jun 2017 In : Climate of the Past. 13, 6, p. 559-572 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

borehole
Holocene
temperature
surface temperature
history
4 Citations

Major advance of South Georgia glaciers during the Antarctic Cold Reversal following extensive sub-Antarctic glaciation

Graham, A. G. C., Kuhn, G., Meisel, O., Hillenbrand, C. D., Ehrmann, W., Wacker, L., Wintersteller, P., Ferreira, C., Romer, M., WHITE, D. & Bohrmann, G. 2017 In : Nature Communications. 8, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ice Cover
Glaciers
glaciers
Climate
Oceans and Seas
4 Citations

Quantifying the variability of paleotemperature fluctuations on heat flow measurements

WHITE, D. 2017 In : Geothermics. 67, p. 102-113 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Thermal variables measurement
paleotemperature
flow measurement
Flow measurement
heat flow