Johanna Hanson

Studying towards a PhD in Geological Sciences
Paleoecology and past climate of Banks Peninsula, and the environmental impacts of anthropogenic activity over the Holocene.

Location: Ernest Rutherford 262
Johanna Hanson

My current research pertains to three shallow marine environments around Banks Peninsula to gain site specific information on variables which may have affected the area in the past (e.g. tsunamis, local sea level changes and human influence) by using a multi-proxy approach including microfossils, geochemistry and sedimentology. The collected data will then be used to gain an overall understanding of past climate and anthropogenic activity within Banks Peninsula over the Holocene, and also provide a long-term ecological baseline for conserving and/or restoring the local environment.

Supervisors:

Primary Supervisor: Catherine Reid
Co-Supervisor: Jamie Shulmeister

Research Interests

Palaeoclimate
Palaeoecology
Geochemistry
Human impacts on the environment
Statistics

Working thesis title

Paleoecology and past climate of Banks Peninsula, and the environmental impacts of anthropogenic activity over the Holocene.

Academic History

Bachelor of Science (Honours first class) in Geology at The University of Queensland, Australia
Bachelor of Science, Extended major in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia

Professional History

My research concerns the future conservation of both terrestrial and shallow marine environments by determining formation conditions, processes and sensitivity to past climate change and human land management. I am interested in Quaternary palaeoenvironmental reconstruction using a multiproxy approach, in particular microfossils, geochemistry and statistical approaches. My previous research has utilised palaeoecological, geochemical and sedimentological analyses of sediment cores from subtropical patterned fens in Cooloola, southeast Queensland and also from floodplain wetlands within central Queensland.  

Publications

Hanson, J.M., Welsh, K.J., Moss, P.T., Gadd, P. 2021, “Controls on the formation and evolution of subtropical patterned fen complexes”. In prep.

Hanson, J.M., Vandergragt, M.L., Welsh, K.J., Moss, P.T. 2021, “Natural variability and human alteration of wetlands within the Fitzroy Basin, Australia”. In review.

Selected Conference Proceedings

Hanson, J.M., Welsh, K.J., Moss, P.T. 2020 Controls on the formation and evolution of the patterned fen complex from Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park”, AQUA pop-up e-conference.