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Nathan Brooks-English

PhD
Senior Lecturer/Head of Course for Environmental Science
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
(07) 4726 5316
Townsville - Bldg 1/Office 4
About Me

The consistent theme of my research is the study of how environmental variables affect Earth-surface processes (climate, transport, etc.) and natural materials (biota, earth and water) over multiple scales of time and distance.

Currently, I'm using dendrochronology, stable isotopes, and ancient kauri pines of North Queensland to reconstruct past rainfall and model the response of drought and floods to El Niño Southern Oscillation and other mulitdecadal climate phenomena (Indian Ocean Dipole, Pacific Decadal Oscillation). In the past, my colleagues and I investigated the link between ecophysiology, climate, and isotopic variation in the spines of columnar cactuses, including the tropical species Trichocereus pasacana in Bolivia. This research develops and explains a novel climate proxy that yields high–resolution information about plant ecology, water relations and past climate that will be useful in tropical and subtropical regions with few annually resolved and centuries-long terrestrial climate proxies.

My current work on climate and trees of North Queensland is covered here:

http://rdontheroad.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/those-old-trees-could-help-forecast-floods-and-droughts/

I'm also the manager of the Tropical Dendrochronology Laboratory, administrator of the Australasian Dendrochronology Page on Facebook (link below).

www.facebook.com/AusDendro

General
Universities Studied At

The Colorado College

University of Arizona

Universities Worked At

The Colorado College

University of Arizona

James Cook University

Central Queensland University

Awards

2012 Discovery Early Career Research Award, Australian Research Council.

2012 Sessional Teaching Staff Award, James Cook University.

2009 – 2011 Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

2005 – 2008 Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellow.

2005 Errol Montgomery Prize for Best Overall Talk, Geodaze Symposium.

2004 – 2005 National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellow in K-12 Education.

2004 Keith Katzer Graduate Scholarship.

2004 William G. McGinnies Graduate Scholarship in Arid Lands Studies.

2002 School of Renewable Natural Resources Staff Award of Excellence.

Previous teaching

Lecturer - James Cook University

Professional Memberships

Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Sciences, James Cook University

Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

At the level of Associate Supervisor


Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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