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The history of North Stradbroke Island's wetlands: defining natural climate variability in south-east Queensland and improving ecosystem management

Principal Investigator: Tibby

The North Stradbroke Island project was supported by an ARC Linkage grant (LP0990124) with the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts and Sibelco as partners. Drs Jon Marshall and Glenn McGregor are the DSITIA partner investigators. Dr Patrick Moss (University of Queensland), Dr Galen Halverson (McGill University) and Dr Jennie Fluin (Geology and Geophysics, Adelaide) are the other university investigators. Dr Cameron Barr is the postdoctoral fellow on the project. Other collaborators include Dr Andrew Henderson (University of Newcastle, UK) and Professor Melanie Leng (Chair of Isotope Geosciences, Department of Geology, University of Leicester).


18 Mile Swamp

18 Mile Swamp (source John Tibby)

  • Blue Lake, an 11 m deep clear water low nutrient status lake on North Stradbroke Island, has been highly stable (both water level and water quality) for the last 7,500 years. See Barr et al. (2013) listed below for more details.
  • There are a number of wetlands on North Stradbroke Island which persisted through the Last Glacial Maximum, a situation highly unusual in Australia. Vegetation histories from three of these sites have been published (Moss et al. 2013) and indicate that woodland vegetation persisted on the island through the last 40,000 years.
  • 18 Mile Swamp, a coastal wetland which lies behind the dunes on the eastern part of the island, is a relatively recent landscape feature. Our work (Mettam et al. 2012) has shown that most of the swamp is less than 1,000 years old.

Centre for Coastal Research

The Centre for Coastal Research is no longer active. For all coastal research matters, please contact Professor Nick Harvey.