zoe-thomas
Dr Zoë Thomas
Role: 
ARC DECRA Fellow
Field of Research: 
Palaeoclimate, abrupt climate change, tipping points
Contact details:
Phone: 
+61 2 9385 9043
Office: 
Level 5
Hilmer Building North (E10)

UNSW, Kensington 2052

See also: 

https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-zoe-thomas

https://twitter.com/ZoeAmberThomas 

 

Research & Current Projects

I currently work as a postdoctoral researcher in the palaeoclimate group at the University of New South Wales. My research involves finding abrupt changes or 'tipping points' in the Earth's climate by looking for generic indicators that can precede tipping points. The ability to detect these indicators has clear implications for the interpretation of palaeoenvironmental datasets, as well as future projections of climate.

My current major research focus involves using natural archives to develop quantified climate and environmental reconstructions, critical for investigating the role of different climate modes on regional and global climate trends and their environmental impact. My DECRA project will develop highly-detailed reconstructions of westerly airflow from targeted Southern Ocean islands during key periods of change, representing a range of climate states over the Holocene (the last 11,650 yrs). The impact of changes in South Hemisphere mid-high latitude circulation is globally significant, particularly with regard to Antarctic ice sheet stability and future global sea level rise.

In The Media

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVC-Kvok1JI&t=371s

https://theconversation.com/ancient-antarctic-ice-melt-caused-extreme-sea-level-rise-129-000-years-ago-and-it-could-happen-again-131495

 

Teaching

GEOS3761 Environmental Change (Lecturer)

CLIM3001 Climate Systems Science (Guest Lecturer)

 

Publications

For a full list of publications please see https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-zoe-thomas/publications