Stable isotope geochemistry of mollusc shells (sclerochronology) (sclerochronology)
Tsunami hazards (tsunami geology, palaeotsunami)
Amy's research interests include palaeoenvironmental proxy development, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, human-environment interaction, and natural hazards (particularly palaeotsunamis). For her palaeoenvironmental research, she uses stable isotope and trace element records in combination with growth increment analyses from mollusc shells to generate high-resolution records of climate and seasonality. She focuses on generating climate records from archaeological sites to facilitate reconstructions of human-environment interaction.
Amy recently completed an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Mainz in Germany, reconstructing Palaeolithic human-environment interaction in response to extreme climate events in the Levant region of the eastern Mediterranean.
She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2014. Her PhD included palaeoenvironmental proxy development, the generation of seasonally-resolved marine and terrestrial palaeoenvironmental records, and records of shellfish foraging from the Haua Fteah, an archaeological site in northeast Libya that spans the last 160,000 years.
Between 2005-2009, Amy worked in government, first in the graduate program at Geoscience Australia, and then as a research scientist, leading a program of tsunami geology research at Geoscience Australia. Her work included research and capacity building and primarily focused on the Holocene geological record of past tsunamis in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Amy grew up in Melbourne and completed her undergraduate at the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Classics and Archaeology and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Earth Sciences. Her Honours in Earth Sciences focused on palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and human environment interaction in the Mallee region of northwestern Victoria.
I am available to supervise projects under the broad themes of palaeoenvironmental change, human-environment interaction, and natural hazards. I am particularly interested in the area of high resolution climate reconstruction using mollusc shell chemistry (sclerochronology) and can supervise projects relating to modern calibration of climate proxies, climate reconstruction using mollusc shell archives, reconstructing seasonal shellfish foraging from archaeological sites, as well as palaeotsunami research.