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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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ice sheet Earth & Environmental Sciences
Last Glacial Maximum Earth & Environmental Sciences
ice Agriculture & Biology
Antarctica Agriculture & Biology
deglaciation Earth & Environmental Sciences
Last Glacial Earth & Environmental Sciences
glacier Earth & Environmental Sciences
Holocene Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2012 2020

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

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


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.


Project: Other

Past Environmental Changes in the Sub-Antarctic

WHITE, D., Berg, S. & Melles, M.


Project: Other

Research Output 2007 2019

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

beryllium isotopes
beryllium isotope
land ice
ice shelf
1 Citation (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

Last Glacial Maximum

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. p. 1-13 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cherax destructor
single nucleotide polymorphism

Eastern Australian late Holocene paleotemperature variation inferred from borehole temperature data

Suman, A., Dyer, F. & White, D., Nov 2018, In : Global and Planetary Change. 170, p. 234-245 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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 Newspaper/Magazine/BulletinArticle

ice sheet
ice flow
sheet flow