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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 geomorphology, geochemistry and numerical modelling.

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.

See his website for more details.

Research interests

Richard is an ARC-funded DECRA Fellow, and a Chief Investigator of the 'Securing Antarctica's Environmental Future' (SAEF) special research initiative.

His research encompasses three main areas:

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

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

3. Developing the applications of cosmogenic nuclides and surface-exposure dating.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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)

Lead editor, special issue, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

Research area keywords

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

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