Dr Kevin Welsh

Lecturer in Sedimentology & Palaeoc

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 58379


Research Interests

  • El Nino-Southern Oscillation
    Late Pleistocene and Holocene reconstruction of ENSO using marine invertebrates and terrestrial sediments.
  • Holocene sea level histories from the Great Barrier Reef
    Using corals and microatolls to reconstruct sea level variation through the Holocene along the Queensland coast
  • Environmental history of coastal dunefields
    Using OSL dating, sedimentological and pedogenesis of large coastal dune fields in Queensland to track past environmental histories.
  • Evolution of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet
    Reconstruction of late Pleistocene dynamics of the EAIS during warm events


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
  • Bachelor of Science, University of London


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2018) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications

Journal Article

  • Madden, Robert H. C., Wilson, Moyra E. J., Mihaljević, Morana, Pandolfi, John M. and Welsh, Kevin (2017) Unravelling the depositional origins and diagenetic alteration of carbonate breccias. Sedimentary Geology, 357 33-52. doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2017.05.002

  • Mihaljevic, Morana , Korpanty, Chelsea , Renema, Willem , Welsh, Kevin and Pandolfi, John M. (2017) Identifying patterns and drivers of coral diversity in the Central Indo-Pacific marine biodiversity hotspot. Paleobiology, 43 3: 343-364. doi:10.1017/pab.2017.1

  • Syme, Caitlin E., Welsh, Kevin J., Roberts, Eric M. and Salisbury, Steven W. (2016) Depositional environment of the Lower Cretaceous (upper Albian) Winton formation at Isisford, central-west Queensland, Australia, inferred from sandstone concretions. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 86 9: 1067-1082. doi:10.2110/jsr.2016.67

  • Leonard, N. D., Welsh, K. J., Lough, J. M., Feng, Y., Pandolfi, J. M., Clark, T. R. and Zhao, J. (2016) Evidence of reduced mid-Holocene ENSO variance on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Paleoceanography, 31 9: 1248-1260. doi:10.1002/2016PA002967

  • Lowe, Kelsey M., Shulmeister, James, Feinberg, Joshua M., Manne, Tiina, Wallis, Lynley A. and Welsh, Kevin (2016) Using soil magnetic properties to determine the onset of Pleistocene human settlement at Gledswood Shelter 1, Northern Australia. Geoarchaeology, 31 3: 211-228. doi:10.1002/gea.21544

  • Leonard, Nicole D., Zhao, J.-X., Welsh, K.J., Feng, Y.-X., Smithers, S.G., Pandolfi, J.M. and Clark, T.R. (2015) Holocene sea level instability in the southern Great Barrier Reef, Australia: high-precision U–Th dating of fossil microatolls. Coral Reefs, 35 2: 1-15. doi:10.1007/s00338-015-1384-x

  • Patterson, M. O., McKay, R., Naish, T., Escutia, C., Jimenez-Espejo, F. J., Raymo, M. E., Meyers, S. R., Tauxe, L., Brinkhuis, H., Klaus, A., Fehr, A., Bendle, J. A. P., Bijl, P. K., Bohaty, S. M., Carr, S. A., Dunbar, R. B., Flores, J. A., Gonzalez, J. J., Hayden, T. G., Iwai, M., Katsuki, K., Kong, G. S., Nakai, M., Olney, M. P., Passchier, S., Pekar, S. F., Pross, J., Riesselman, C. R., Rohl, U., Sakai, T., Shrivastava, P. K., Stickley, C. E., Sugasaki, S., Tuo, S., van de Flierdt, T., Welsh, K., Williams, T. and Yamane, M. (2014) Orbital forcing of the East Antarctic ice sheet during the Pliocene and Early Pleistocene. Nature Geoscience, 7 11: 841-847. doi:10.1038/ngeo2273

  • Driscoll, Robin, Elliot, Mary, Russon, Tom, Welsh, Kevin, Yokoyama, Yusuke and Tudhope, Alexander (2014) ENSO reconstructions over the past 60 ka using giant clams (Tridacna sp.) from Papua New Guinea. Geophysical Research Letters, 41 19: 6819-6825. doi:10.1002/2014GL061446

  • Mihaljevic, Morana, Renema, Willem, Welsh, Kevin and Pandolfi, John M. (2014) Eocene-miocene shallow-water carbonate platforms and increased habitat diversity in Sarawak, Malaysia. Palaios, 29 7: 378-391. doi:10.2110/palo.2013.129

  • Bilj, Peter K., Bendle, James A. P., Bohtay, Steven M., Pross, Jörg, Schouten, Stefan, Tauxe, Lisa, Stickley, Catherine E., McKay, Robert M., Rohl, Ursula, Olney, Matthew, Sluijs, Appy, Escutia, Carlota, Brinkhius, Henk, Expedition 318 Scientists and Welsh, Kevin (2013) Eocene cooling linked to early flow across the Tasmanian Gateway. Proceedings of the National Acadamy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 24: 9645-9650. doi:10.1073/pnas.1220872110

  • Stocchi, Paolo, Escutia, Carlota, Houben, Alexander J. P., Vermeersen, Bert L. A., Bijl, Peter K., Brinkhuis, Henk, DeConto, Robert M., Galeotti, Simone, Passchier, Sandra, Pollard, David, Klaus, Adam, Fehr, Annick, Williams, Trevor, Bendle, James A. P., Bohaty, Steven M., Carr, Stephanie A., Dunbar, Robert B., Flores, Jose Abel, Gonzàlez, Jhon J., Hayden, Travis G., Iwai, Masao, Jimenez-Espejo, Francisco J., Katsuki, Kota, Kong, Gee Soo, McKay, Robert M., Nakai, Mutsumi, Olney, Matthew P, Pekar, Stephen F., Pross, Jörg, Riesselman, Christina, Röhl, Ursula, Sakai, Toyosaburo, Shrivastava, Prakash Kumar, Stickely, Catherine E., Sugisaki, Saiko, Tauxe, Lisa, Tuo, Shouting, Van de Flierdt, Tina, Welsh, Kevin and Yamane, Masako (2013) Relative sea-level rise around East Antarctica during Oligocene glaciation. Nature Geoscience, 6 5: 380-384. doi:10.1038/ngeo1783

  • Houben, Alexander J. P., Bijl, Peter K., Pross, Jorg, Bohaty, Steven M., Passchier, Sandra, Stickely, Catherine E., Rhol, Ursula, Sugisaki, Saiko, Tauxe, Lisa, van der Fliert, Tina, Olney, Matthew, Sangiorgi, Francesca, Slujis, Appy, Escutia, Carlota, Brinkhuis, Henk, Expedition 318 Scientists and Welsh, Kevin (2013) Reorganization of Southern Ocean plankton ecosystem at the onset of Antarctic glaciation. Science, 340 6130: 341-344. doi:10.1126/science.1223646

  • Cook, Carys P., van de Flierdt, Tina, Williams, Trevor, Hemming, Sidney R., Iwai, Masao, Kobayashi, Munemasa, Jimenez-Espejo, Francisco J., Escutia, Carlota, Gonzalez, Jhon Jairo, Khim, Boo-Keun, McKay, Robert M., Passchier, Sandra, Bohaty, Stevem M., Riesselman, Christina R., Tauxe, Lisa, Sugisaki, Saiko, Galindo, Alberto Lopez, Patterson, Molly O., Sangiorgi, Francesca, Pierce, Elizabeth L., Brinkhuis, Henk, Klaus, Adam, Fehr, Annick, Bendle, James A. P., Bijl, Peter K., Carr, Stephanie a., Dunbar, Robert B., Flores, Jose Abel, Hayden, Travis G., Katsuki, Kota., Kong, Gee Soo, Nakai, Mutsumi, Olney, Matthew P., Pekar, Stephen F., Pross, Jorg, Rohl, Ursula, Sakai, Toyosaburo, Shrivastava, Prakash K., Stickley, Catherine E., Tuo, Shouting, Welsh, Kevin and Yamane, Masako (2013) Dynamic behaviour of the East Antarctic ice sheet during Pliocene warmth. Nature Geoscience, 6 9: 765-769. doi:10.1038/ngeo1889

  • Leonard, Nicole D., Welsh, Kevin J., Zhao, Jian-xin, Nothdurft, Luke D., Webb, Gregory E., Major, Josef, Feng, Yuexing and Price, Gilbert J. (2013) Mid-Holocene sea-level and coral reef demise: U-Th dating of subfossil corals in Moreton Bay, Australia. Holocene, 23 12: 1841-1852. doi:10.1177/0959683613508156

  • Pross,Jorg, Contreras, Lineth, Bijl, Peter K., Greenwood, David R., Bohaty, Steven M., Schouten, Stefan, Bendle, James A., Rohl, Ursula, Tauxe, Lisa, Raine, J. Ian, Huck, C Claire E., van de Flierdt, Tina, Jamieson, Stewart S. R., Stickley, Catherine E., van de Schootbrugge, Bas, Escutia, Carlota, Brinkhuis, Henk, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 318 Scientists and Welsh, Kevin (2012) Persistent near-tropical warmth on the Antarctic continent during the early Eocene epoch. Nature, 488 73-77. doi:10.1038/nature11300

  • Tauxe, L., Stickley, C. E., Sugisaki, S., Bijl, P. K., Bohaty, S. M., Brinkhuis, H., Escutia, C., Flores, J. A., Houben, A. J. P., Iwai, M., Jimenez-Espejo, F., McKay, R., Passchier, S., Pross, J., Riesselman, C. R., Rohl, U., Sangiorgi, F., Welsh, K., Klaus, A., Fehr, A., Bendle, J. A. P., Dunbar, R., Gonzalez, J., Hayden, T., Katsuki, K., Olney, M. P., Pekar, S. F., Shrivastava, P. K., van de Flierdt, T., Williams, T. and Yamane, M. (2012) Chronostratigraphic framework for the IODP Expedition 318 cores from the Wilkes Lan Margin: constraints for paleoceanographic reconstruction. Paleoceanography, 27 2: PA2214.1-PA2214.19. doi:10.1029/2012PA002308

  • Welsh, Kevin, Elliot, Mary, Tudhope, Alexander, Ayling, Bridget and Chappell, John (2011) Giant bivalves (Tridacna gigas) as recorders of ENSO variability. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 307 3-4: 266-270. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.05.032

  • Expedition 318 Scientists and Welsh, Kevin (2010) Integrated Ocean Drilling Program: Expedition 318 preliminary report. Wilkes Land glacial history: Cenozoic East Antarctic Ice Sheet evolution from Wilkes Land margin sediments. 3 January–8 March 2010. Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program. Integrated Ocean Drilling Program: Preliminary Reports, 1 318: 1-101. doi:10.2204/iodp.pr.318.2010

  • Elliot, M., Welsh, K., Chilcott, C., McCulloch, M., Chappell, J. and Ayling, B. (2009) Profiles of trace elements and stable isotopes derived from giant long-lived Tridacna gigas bivalves : Potential applications in paleoclimate studies. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 280 1-2: 132-142. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2009.06.007

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision