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Nathan Brooks-English

Senior Lecturer/Head of Course for Environmental Science
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre
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:

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

Universities Studied At

The Colorado College

University of Arizona

Universities Worked At

The Colorado College

University of Arizona

James Cook University


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

Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ)

Central Queensland Minesite Rehabiliation Group (CQMRG)

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3108 Plant Biology
  • 3705 Geology
  • 3701 Atmospheric Sciences
  • 3703 Geochemistry
  • 3007 Forestry Sciences
  • 4199 Other Environmental Sciences
  • 4106 Soil Sciences
  • 4105 Pollution and contamination
  • 4104 Environmental management

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
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Research Interests
Environmental Sciences

Environmental management - Environmental assessment and monitoring

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