Professor Jamie Shulmeister

Professor

School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management
Faculty of Science
james.shulmeister@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 61644

Overview

Jamie Shulmeister joined the University of Queensland in July 2009 from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (on staff 2001-2009). He was previously at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (1994-2001) and before that was a Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California (1993-1994) and a post-doc at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (1991-1993). He was Head of School in Geography Planning and Environmental Management from July 2009 until December 2014.

Jamie’s main research theme is on the paleoclimatology of the Western Pacific Basin. He has worked extensively in Northern Australia, New Zealand, Timor and in the Antarctic on the Late Quaternary climate history of these areas. The work focuses on reconstructing changes in regional circulation patterns notably the Southern Hemisphere Westerlies and the Australian Monsoon. His interest particularly lies in longer duration oscillatory systems, especially the El Niño Southern Oscillation and the Inter-decadal Pacific Oscillation and in abrupt climate events including the Southern Hemisphere manifestation of the Younger Dryas (if any) and the Antarctic Cold Reversal.

Research Interests

  • Paleoclimatology of the South Western Pacific Basin
    I have worked extensively in Australia, in New Zealand and in the Antarctic on the Late Quaternary climate history of these areas. The work focuses on reconstructing changes in circulation patterns with respect to oscillatory systems, notably the El Niño Southern Oscillation and abrupt climate events including the Younger Dryas and Antarctic Cold Reversal. The focus areas are in the Southern Hemisphere westerly belt and the Australian Monsoon. I am currently the primary investigator in a project aimed at reconstructing climatic conditions at the last glacial maximum in Australia.
  • Glacial Geology
    I have worked in Canada, USA, Antarctica, New Zealand and Australia. Current work focuses on the Central Otago, and Canterbury regions of the South Island, New Zealand, and the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, USA. My focus is on understanding the climatic drivers of glaciation through geochronology (Surface Exposure Dating, Luminescence Dating), sedimentology and geomorphology
  • Coastal evolution
    I am active in Australia and New Zealand and have worked in the US and Antarctica in investigations on the sedimentology, morphodynamics and Late Quaternary histories of coastal systems focussing on coastal dunefields and gravel beach systems. I am currently lead investigator on a project reconstructing the climate and sea-level history of Fraser Island and Cooloola from their dune fields.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University
  • Master of Science, Qu.(Canada)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Trinity(Dub )

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Hyatt, O. M. and Shulmeister, J. (2013). Methods in geomorphology: mapping glacial features. In John F. Shroder, A. D. Switzer and D. M. Kennedy (Ed.), Treatise on geomorphology (pp. 92-104) San Diego, CA, United States: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-374739-6.00375-4

  • Pugh, J. and Shulmeister, J. (2010). Holocene vegetation history of a high elevation (1200m) site in the Lake Heron Basin, inland Canterbury, New Zealand.. In S. Haberle, J. Stevenson and M. Prebble (Ed.), Altered ecologies: Fire, climate and human influence on terrestrial landscapes (pp. 69-82) Canberra, Australia: ANU E Press.

  • Shulmeister, James (2008). Illuminating the past. In Ian J. Craham (Ed.), A continent on the move: New Zealand geoscience into the 21st century (pp. 72-73) Wellington, N.Z.: Geological Society of New Zealand.

  • Shulmeister, James and McGlone, M. (2008). The last great glaciation. In Ian J. Graham (Ed.), A continent on the move: New Zealand Geoscience into the 21st Century (pp. 268-269) Wellington, N.Z.: Geological Society of New Zealand; GNS Science.

  • Anderson, Atholl, Gagan, Michael and Shulmeister, James P. (2007). Mid-Holocene cultural dynamics and climatic change in the Western Pacific. In David G. Anderson, Kirk A. Maasch and Daniel H. Sandweisse (Ed.), Climate Change and Cultural Dynamics: A Global Perspective on Mid-Holocene Transitions (pp. 265-296) New York, U.S.: Elsevier.

  • Rother, H., Jol, H.M. and Shulmeister, J. (2007). Stratigraphy and tectonic implications of late Pleistocene valley fill in the Hope Valley, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand. In S. Gregory Baker and Harry M. Jol (Ed.), Stratigraphic analyses using ground penetrating radar (pp. 155-167) Boulder, Colo. USA: Geological Society of America.

  • Shulmeister, James and Rouse, Helen L. (2003). Gravel and mixed sand and gravel systems. In The New Zealand coast ; Te tai o Aotearoa (pp. 143-162) Palmerston North, N.Z.: Dunmore Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

  • Proceedings of the 2005 NZ-INTIMATE Meeting (2005) . Edited by B. V. Alloway and J. Shulmeister. 2005 NZ-INTIMATE Meeting, 4-5 July 2005, GNS-Rafter Laboratory, Wellington.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision