• This study area is concerned with the reconstruction of past environments and biological communities from the study of pollen, diatoms, beetles and other organic materials preserved in accumulated sediments of bogs, lakes and marine environments.

    It is interdisciplinary, involving most natural sciences and human-environment relationships. Results of studies are applied in a number of areas including testing the validity of predictive atmospheric circulation models, understanding the dynamics of biological communities, and assessment of environment/human relationships.

    Study in this field involves a combination of outdoor and laboratory based work and has strong link with other teaching and research areas within the School of Geography and Environmental Science, especially Australian Indigenous Archaeology and the Climate Group.