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Partners and Industry

Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation

Jonathan Tyler, John Tibby, Cameron Barr, Cesca McInerney are working with the Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in the geochemical characterisation and dating of lake sediments.

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, South Australia

Liz Reed, Lee Arnold, Nigel Spooner, John Tibby, Cesca McInerney, Jon Tyler and Juraj Farkas are working together with DEWNR to examine environmental change associated with megafaunal extinction at Naracoorte Caves .

Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Queensland

Sprigg Centre members (John Tibby, Cameron Barr, Cesca McInerney, Jon Tyler) are working on a variety of projects with the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (Qld). These include the nature and causes of natural climate variation in south-east Queensland, the impact of humans on ancient and modern wetlands and diatom-based assessment of stream and spring health.

Environment Protection Authority

John Tibby, Cameron Barr and Jon Tyler are working with the Environment Protection Authority, South Australia to determine whether diatoms can be used to refine water quality assessments of South Australian streams.

Great Australian Bight Research Program

David McKirdy and Tony Hall are working on the Great Australian Bight Research Program in conjunction with BP, CSIRO, SARDI & Flinders University (primary partners). Theme 5 is tasked to investigate natural hydrocarbon seeps in the GAB as well as more distantly derived bitumens stranding on the South Australian coastline. This continues a long history of geochemical research into these natural bitumen strandings initiated by Sprigg & Woolley (Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 86, 67-103, 1963).

Nature Foundation, South Australia

Jonathan Tyler and Lee Arnold are working with the Nature Foundation, South Australia, to investigate the Quaternary environments at and around Lake Torrens, South Australia.


Juraj Farkas is working with Santos to apply new and traditional isotope proxies to better constrain the stratigraphy and paleo-depositional environment of the Mesoproterozoic McArthur Basin in NT, Australia.

Our International Partners Include

British Geological Survey – investigation of oxygen and silicon isotopes in lake waters and biominerals; analysis of leaf carbon and oxygen isotopes.

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology – investigation of sediment cores to reconstruct late Holocene climate from freshwater lakes in coastal Antarctica

Sprigg Geobiology Centre

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The University of Adelaide


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