Professor Jamie Shulmeister


School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management
Faculty of Science
+61 7 334 61644


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).

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.


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


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Featured Publications


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 — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision