Dr Jon Luly
Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
Visit: Room DB034-232, Townsville campus
Call: (+61) 7 4781 4571
Fax (+61) 7 4781 4020
EV2404:Biogeography and Climatology
EV3200/5200 :Terrestrial Resource Management
EV3404/5404: Field Studies in Tropical Geography
EV3407: Fire Science and Management for Northern Australia
Broad research interests are in palaeoecology of arid zones and of wet and dry tropics, palaeoclimatology, micrometeorology and the ecology of dry rainforests, in particular the history and development of the Australian vegetation at time scales relevant to the development of arid climates and the arrival and impacts of people. Current projects include pollen analysis to investigate the timing of aridification and the nature of environmental responses, dendrochronological and dendroclimatological potential of Araucaria to derive a terrestrial record of climate change, vine thicket ecology, comparative water use strategies of savanna and deciduous vine thicket species.
Brief description of research impact:
Interpretive material to improve visitor appreciation of desert environment and palaeoenvironment
On line resources that distil science of fire and arid landscapes for a wide range of users. Fire in the savanna has a broader target audience than the Desert Knowledge module which will be a pre-requisite for post graduate students undertaking research und the auspices of the Desert Knowledge CRC.
Contribution to development of the management plan for threatened Acacia species and Ricinocarpos gloria-medii in the northern Territory by provision of information on Acacia pickardii and Acacia peuce garnered as part of APSF funded project on Acacia age and plaeoclimatic potential.
Luly JG (2001) On the equivocal fate of Late Pleistocene Callitris Vent. (Cupressaceae) woodlands in arid South Australia.Quaternary International 83-85, 155 – 168
Witt, Luly, J. G. and Fairfax, R. J. (2006) How the west was once: vegetation change in south-west Queensland from 1930-1995. Journal of Biogeography (33) 1585-1596
Hesse PP, Luly JG & Magee JW (2005) The Beating Heart: Environmental History of Australia's deserts.In: 23 Degrees South: Archaeology and environmental history of the Southern Deserts (eds MA Smith & PP Hesse), chapter 5. National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra
Luly, J. G., Grindrod, J. F. and Penny, D. (in press) Holocene palaeoenvironments and change at Three-Quarter Mile Lake, Silver Plains Station, Cape York Peninsula, Australia. The Holocene 16, Issue Number 8 (October 2006).