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Peter Kershaw was made Emeritus Professor in the School of Earth, Atmsophere and Environment after working for nearly 40 years at Monash as a Lecturer, Reader and Professor, mainly in The School of Geography and Environmental Science. His research, and that of his research students and post-doctoral fellows, has focused on the reconstruction of past natural and human-modified landscapes, largely through the analysis of fossil pollen, and applications to the understanding of present-day environments and predictions of future environmental change. 


  • Palynology
  • Palaeoecology
  • vegetation history
  • Climate history
  • Biomass burning
  • Quaternary
  • Australasia-Southeast Asia

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Projects 2000 2017

Environmental Transformations linked to Early Human Occupation in Northern Australia

Kershaw, P., Connor, S., Haberle, S., Van Der Kaars, W. & Perry, G.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

Australian Membership of the International Ocean Discovery Program

Schellart, W., Aitchison, J., Arculus, R., Baxter, A., Coffin, M., Collins, L., Daniell, J., Exon, N., Fergusson, C., Foden, J., Gallagher, S., George, S., George, A., Heap, A., Hergt, J., Kershaw, P., McCuaig, T., Muller, R., O'Reilly, S., Roberts, A., Rohling, E., Skilbeck, C., Stilwell, J. D., Vasconcelos, P., Webster, J., Welsh, K., Clennell, M., Howard, W., Sloss, C. & Yeats, C.

Australian Research Council (ARC)


Project: Research

Self-sustaining Regions Research and Innovation Initiative

Burstein, F., Baker, A., Beardall, J., Boretti, A., Charchar, F., Davis, J., Gao, D., Gell, P., Harrap, S., Hodgson, P., Karoly, D., Keenan, R., Kershaw, P., Kingsford, R., Myers, M., Reeves, A., Shaw, J., Smith-Miles, K., Smyth, J., Stagnitti, F., Stranieri, A., Turney, C., Weber, R., Wilby, R., Wyn, J., Yearwood, J., Nahavandi, S. & Sonenberg, L.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science


Project: Research

Australian Membership of the Intergrated Ocean Drilling Program

Kershaw, P., Arculus, R., Barley, M., Brocks, J., Cooper, A., De Deckker, P., Drysdale, R., Exon, N., Fergusson, C., Hergt, J., Howard, W., McCuaig, T., Muller, R., O'Reilly, S., Stilwell, J. D., Vasconcelos, P., Webster, J., Clennell, M., Dodson, J., Poiner, I. & Yeats, C.

Australian Research Council (ARC), Monash University


Project: Research

Research Output 1992 2017

A 60 000-year record of environmental change for the Wet Tropics of north-eastern Australia based on the ODP 820 marine core

Moss, P. T., Dunbar, G. B., Thomas, Z., Turney, C. S. M., Kershaw, A. P. & Jacobsen, G. E. 2 Aug 2017 In : Journal of Quaternary Science. 32, 6, p. 704-716 13 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

A last glacial and deglacial pollen record from the northern South China Sea: new insight into coastal-shelf paleoenvironment

Yu, S., Zheng, Z., Chen, F., Jing, X., Kershaw, P., Moss, P., Peng, X., Zhang, X., Chen, C., Zhou, Y., Huang, K. & Gan, H. 1 Feb 2017 In : Quarternary Science Reviews. 157, p. 114-128 15 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

A late Holocene record of vegetation and fire from the Amur Basin, far-eastern Russia

Yu, S-H., Zheng, Z., Kershaw, A. P., Skrypnikova, M. & Huang, K-Y. 8 Mar 2017 In : Quaternary International. 432, Part A, p. 79-92 14 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

How Antarctic ice melt can be a tipping point for the whole planet’s climate

Turney, C., Palmer, J., Kershaw, P., Phipps, S. J. & Thomas, Z. 12 Sep 2017 The Conversation

Research output: OtherOther contribution

Humans rather than climate the primary cause of Pleistocene megafaunal extinction in Australia

van der Kaars, A., Miller, G. H., Turney, C. S. M., Cook, E. J., Nürnberg, D., Schönfeld, J., Kershaw, A. P. & Lehman, S. J. 20 Jan 2017 In : Nature Communications. 8, 7 p., 14142

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle