Dr Kathryn Taffs BA(Hons)(Adel) PhD(Adel) Kathryn is a senior lecturer in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering. She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and actively researches in the fields of palaeoecology and conservation biology. Kathryn's research focuses on the study of changes in wetland biota and the environment over time. Using palaeolimnological techniques wetland studies can be extended with the further dimension of geologic time. Management of wetland environments is dependent upon an understanding of how an ecosystem has responded to climate and human induced changes in the past. With an understanding of past wetland dynamics, realistic remediation targets for ecosystem rehabilitation can be established and incorporated into management plans. Kathryn's research concentrates on the use of pollen and diatom microfossils in addition to stable isotopes to reconstruct the environmental history of wetland ecosystems and estuaries over time. Projects are underway on coastal environments of eastern Australia and vary from coastal lakes and ICOLLS to large estuaries. Some specific projects in progress are: * the history of eutrophication of ICOLLS in eastern Australia * the environmental history of eastern Australian estuaries with emphasis on eutrophication * the establishment of a diatom based calibration set for coastal eastern Australia All projects investigate the history of wetland ecosystems and aim to improve the ecosystem health and stability by setting realistic remediation targets that can be incorporated into conservation strategies. Existing projects vary from the establishment and description of estuarine algal communities to incorporation of this data in palaeolimnological reconstructions. Other projects examine environmental degradation and recovery in lake and estuaries of the east coast of Australia.
Diatom community response to climate variability over the past 37,000 years in the sub-tropics of the Southern Hemisphere (with Sarah C. Hembrow, Pia Atahan, Jeffrey F. Parr, Atun Zawadzki, and Henk Heijnis), Science of The Total Environment (2014)
Climate change is impacting global surface water resources, increasing the need for a deeper understanding...
Investigating student use and value of e-learning resources to develop academic writing within the discipline of environmental science (with Julienne I. Holt), Journal of Geography in Higher Education (2013)
The use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in higher education to support student learning...
Relationship between diatoms and water quality (TN, TP) in sub-tropical east Australian estuaries (with Brendan Logan), Journal of Paleolimnology (2013)
Nutrient over-enrichment of estuarine environments is increasing globally. However, it is difficult to determine the...
Water quality changes in Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island, Australia: a Palaeolimnological approach (with Sarah C. Hembrow), Australian Geographer (2012)
Surface water resources are highly valued for their ecological services and functions. However, their quality...
Palaeolimnology in eastern and southern Australian estuaries (with John Tibby), Journal of Palaeolimnology (2011)
Mapping the environment: a professional development manual (with William E. Boyd), School of Environmental Science and Management Papers (2004)
This book provides a basis for developing skills in the most fundamental techniques used, and...
The evolution of a coastal peatland at Byron Bay, Australia: multi-proxy evidence from the microfossil record (with Brendan Logan, Jeffrey F. Parr, and Geraldine E. Jacobsen), Terra Australis 34: peopled landscapes: archaeological and biogeographic approaches to landscapes (2012)
This impressive collection celebrates the work of Peter Kershaw, a key figure in the field...
The last 200 years: a European history, Remnants of Gondwana: a natural and social history of the Gondwana rainforests of Australia (2010)
The rainforests of Australia cover only 4% of Australia's land mass but contain 50% of...
Fires impact on an acidic peatland in northeastern NSW: implications for the interpretation of fire histories, pyrite formation and loss of organic carbon (with Jeffrey F. Parr, Geoffrey Kerr, and J Arthur), Interdisciplinary nuances in phytolith and other microfossil studies (2008)
Historical nutrients status in the Richmond River in the absence of monitoring data (with Brendan Logan), 18th NSW Coastal Conference (2009)
Differentiating records of recent climate change from anthropogenic impact in the coastal margin: an example form eastern Australia, INQUA 2007 Abstracts (2007)
Reconstructing fire histories: methods, interpretation and common on-ground across fire history research in Australia (with Jeffrey F. Parr, Geoffrey Kerr, J Arthur, Keith G. Bolton, and Geraldine E. Jacobson), Australasian Archaeometry Conference (2005)
Estuary, swamp, estuary: environmental history of Tuckean Swamp, ESCA Estuary Change (2004)
Mapping the environment: reflections on a self-guided geography teaching book and its interrelationships with internal and external delivery of a University course (with William E. Boyd and W Laird), Institute of Australian Geographers Conference (2004)
Implementation of a monitoring program for the recovery of Salty Lagoon, Evans Head, NSW, WP Consultants and Richmond Valley Council (2008)
A monitoring program for the recovery of Salty Lagoon, Evans Head, NSW, WP Consultants and Richmond Valley Council (2007)
Forensics report (with Jeffrey F. Parr), Forensics Department, NSW Police (2007)
Palaeoenvironmental history of Sydney Basin using diatoms as palaeoenvironmental indicators. Unpublished, School of Environmental Science and Management Papers (2003)