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The palaeoclimatology group performs research on recent climate changes (last 2000 years), climate change in the Quaternary period, as well as deep time palaeoclimatology associated with greenhouse earth environments. Our researchers work on developing palaeoclimatological methods, reconstructions of  past  climate and the dynamical interpretation of the atmosphere and oceans prior to instrumental records. This research applies multiple proxies such as ice cores, tree rings, sediments and geological tracers, and climate models.

Research Team

Dr Ailie Gallant
Australian climate reconstructions for the last 2000 years, dynamical interpretations of Antarctic ice cores, palaeoclimatological reconstruction methods

Dr Shayne McGregor
Palaeo-ENSO variability

Dr Chris Mays
Polar forests, environments and climates during prehistoric periods of global greenhouse

Recent Publications


Vance, T., J. Roberts, A. Moy, M. Curran, C. Tozer, A. Gallant, N. Abram, T. van Ommen, D. Young, C. Grima, D. Blankenship and M. Siegert, 2016 (accepted): Optimal site selection for a high resolution ice core record in East Antarctica. Climate of the Past, 12, 595-610,


Batehup, R., S. McGregor and A. J. E. Gallant 2015: The influence of non-stationary teleconnections on palaeoclimate reconstructions of ENSO variance using a pseudoproxy framework. Climate of the Past, 11, 1733-1749,