Richard Selwyn Jones


Accepting PhD Students


Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


Richard's work seeks to better understand the response of polar ice sheets, and corresponding sea level, to a changing climate. His research primarily focuses on the behaviour of ice sheets in the geological past, using a combination of geochronological and numerical modelling approaches.

Following his PhD, Richard was an NZARI-funded Postdoctoral Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) and an EU-funded Junior Research Fellow at Durham University (UK). He joined Monash University as a Research Fellow in March 2020.

His research currently encompasses three main areas:

1. Determining the past size of ice sheets and associated contribution to sea-level change.

This work has so far focused on the Pliocene, Last Glacial Maximum and subsequent deglaciation, and and includes an assessment of East Antarctica's possible contribution to past sea level change. Future work will focus on the Late Glacial and Holocene, as well as past warm periods, such as the last interglacial.

2. Investigating the drivers and mechanisms of ice sheet behaviour.

The geological past holds important insight into the processes that will control ice sheet mass loss beyond this century. Numerical ice-flow modelling has been combined with geological data to understand what drives and controls rapid ice sheet retreat, which has so far focused on the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Future work seeks to improve model-data comparisons, and to better understand ice-ocean feedbacks on centennial timescales.

3. Developing the applications of cosmogenic nuclides and surface-exposure dating to better reconstruct ice sheet history.

Cosmogenic nuclides have become a valuable tool for reconstructing past glacier and ice sheet changes. Richard has worked on refining aspects of the geochemical technique, improving exposure age calculations, and providing tools for evaluating data.

See his website for more details.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington

Award Date: 10 Dec 2015

Master of Science, Royal Holloway, University of London

Award Date: 1 Dec 2009

Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Gloucestershire

Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

External positions

Committee Observer, Australia and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC)

ECR Board member, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

Research area keywords

  • ice sheets
  • past climate
  • sea level
  • Antarctica
  • geochronology
  • ice-flow modelling


Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.