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Marx, Samuel

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
  • School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • GeoQuEST Research Centre

Overview


Originally from New Zealand I completed a PhD at the University of Queensland, during which I traced the transport of mineral dust from its source areas, namely the playa lakes and dry channels of arid central Australia, to its resting place in the ice fields and mountains of New Zealand. I am fascinated by dust transport, particularly by the way it links otherwise spatially disparate regions and feeds-back through a myriad of Earth system processes, including geochemical, biological, oceanic, geomorphic and atmospheric systems. Consequently, my work crosses the disciplines of geomorphology, Quaternary change, geochemistry and biogeochemistry. In particular, I am interested exploring the processes that drive in changes in dust emissions (i.e., arid-land processes), the role of dust in ecosystem fertilisation and the role of human processes in enhancing dust emissions in addition to altering dust chemistry.

Top Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences,

    University of Wollongong

    AVERTISEMENT FOR PHD CANDIDATE

    PhD Thesis Project(s) in: Holocene riverine environments along the Central Murray river commencing in 2021

    To submit your interest, please email a copy of your transcripts, CV and other relevant documentation to Dr Samuel Marx (School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences, University of Wollongong, smarx@uow.edu.au) for consideration by 20th of September 2020

     

    PhD Thesis Title: Holocene riverine environments along the Central Murray river

     

    Field location:      Central Murray River, approximately between Mildura (VIC) and Renmark (SA)

    Sponsor:                The PhD project will be conducted within the framework of an existing ARC Discovery Project and is supported by a UoW scholarship (see below)

    Supervisors:          This PhD Project would be supervised by Dr Samuel Marx (SEALS, University of Wollongong). with co-supervision by Dr Jan-Hendrik May and Dr Amy Prendergast (School of Geography, the University of Melbourne).

    Project:                 Situated immediately below the confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers, the Central Murray River is characterized by an amazing geomorphic and environmental diversity, and has likely played a crucial role for Aboriginal peoples since their arrival in the region. This PhD will examine changes to this system over the Holocene and following European arrival in Australia by applying a range of sedimentary, geomorphic and geochemical methods for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. While the project accompanies ongoing archaeological and palaeo-environmental investigations, it will contribute data towards establishing new models of long-term human-environmental interactions in the region. In addition, the results of this thesis are expected to allow a detailed assessment of the impacts that relative climatic changes in the upstream tropical and temperature portions of the Murray and Darling rivers has had on catchment-wide sediment connectivity and geomorphic dynamics over time.

    Skills required:   We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated student to undertake a PhD project examining the Holocene to recent geomorphic and environmental along the Murray River, Australia’s most important river. We would encourage students with an Honours or Masters research degree or equivalent in geoscience, particularly Quaternary Science and Geomorphology, to apply. It would be advantageous to have the following skills (or a strong interest in developing them): fluvial geomorphology, sedimentology, geochemistry, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, or related disciplines. We also welcome the capacity to organize and sustain field work in small teams in remote locations along the Central Murray river.    

    Support:                The applicant will receive a full stipend (living allowance) of up to $28,092 per year. The student will also receive funding support to attend conferences during their candidature from the School.  All costs of the project are covered by funds from the Project (this includes flights to remote locations, and field accommodation).

    Research Environment: The University of Wollongong is located in the distinctive coastal city of Wollongong in New South Wales Australia. It is a research intensive university with a strong tradition in geosciences. Consequently the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers a dynamic and collegial environment in which to study.

    How to apply?     Applications will be reviewed to assess the eligibility to apply for a post-graduate scholarship through the University of Wollongong. Depending on the quality of the applicant, and if they are successful in winning a scholarship. Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) academic transcripts and 4) the names and contact details of two referees via email to Dr Samuel Marx (smarx@uow.edu.au) on or before 20th of September 2020.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Understanding the Contribution of Dust to Ecosystem Fertilisation in the South Pacific and Southern Ocean
    Doctor of Philosophy A history of vegetation and climate change in northern Australia during the last 130,000 years Reynolds, Will
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring the use of lunette dunes as geoarchives: an examination of late Quaternary palaeo-environmental change in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin Brandolese, Sara
    Doctor of Philosophy N-alkane and compound-specific isotope distribution in sediments and implications for palaeo-hydrology in tropical Australasia Boesl, Fabian
    Doctor of Philosophy Human impacts and Environmental Change in the Central Murray Valley. Naaman, Issy
    Doctor of Philosophy Human Impacts and Environmental Change in the Central Murray Valley Tian, Yanjie

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences,

    University of Wollongong

    AVERTISEMENT FOR PHD CANDIDATE

    PhD Thesis Project(s) in: Holocene riverine environments along the Central Murray river commencing in 2021

    To submit your interest, please email a copy of your transcripts, CV and other relevant documentation to Dr Samuel Marx (School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences, University of Wollongong, smarx@uow.edu.au) for consideration by 20th of September 2020

     

    PhD Thesis Title: Holocene riverine environments along the Central Murray river

     

    Field location:      Central Murray River, approximately between Mildura (VIC) and Renmark (SA)

    Sponsor:                The PhD project will be conducted within the framework of an existing ARC Discovery Project and is supported by a UoW scholarship (see below)

    Supervisors:          This PhD Project would be supervised by Dr Samuel Marx (SEALS, University of Wollongong). with co-supervision by Dr Jan-Hendrik May and Dr Amy Prendergast (School of Geography, the University of Melbourne).

    Project:                 Situated immediately below the confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers, the Central Murray River is characterized by an amazing geomorphic and environmental diversity, and has likely played a crucial role for Aboriginal peoples since their arrival in the region. This PhD will examine changes to this system over the Holocene and following European arrival in Australia by applying a range of sedimentary, geomorphic and geochemical methods for palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. While the project accompanies ongoing archaeological and palaeo-environmental investigations, it will contribute data towards establishing new models of long-term human-environmental interactions in the region. In addition, the results of this thesis are expected to allow a detailed assessment of the impacts that relative climatic changes in the upstream tropical and temperature portions of the Murray and Darling rivers has had on catchment-wide sediment connectivity and geomorphic dynamics over time.

    Skills required:   We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated student to undertake a PhD project examining the Holocene to recent geomorphic and environmental along the Murray River, Australia’s most important river. We would encourage students with an Honours or Masters research degree or equivalent in geoscience, particularly Quaternary Science and Geomorphology, to apply. It would be advantageous to have the following skills (or a strong interest in developing them): fluvial geomorphology, sedimentology, geochemistry, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, or related disciplines. We also welcome the capacity to organize and sustain field work in small teams in remote locations along the Central Murray river.    

    Support:                The applicant will receive a full stipend (living allowance) of up to $28,092 per year. The student will also receive funding support to attend conferences during their candidature from the School.  All costs of the project are covered by funds from the Project (this includes flights to remote locations, and field accommodation).

    Research Environment: The University of Wollongong is located in the distinctive coastal city of Wollongong in New South Wales Australia. It is a research intensive university with a strong tradition in geosciences. Consequently the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers a dynamic and collegial environment in which to study.

    How to apply?     Applications will be reviewed to assess the eligibility to apply for a post-graduate scholarship through the University of Wollongong. Depending on the quality of the applicant, and if they are successful in winning a scholarship. Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a CV, 3) academic transcripts and 4) the names and contact details of two referees via email to Dr Samuel Marx (smarx@uow.edu.au) on or before 20th of September 2020.

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Understanding the Contribution of Dust to Ecosystem Fertilisation in the South Pacific and Southern Ocean
    Doctor of Philosophy A history of vegetation and climate change in northern Australia during the last 130,000 years Reynolds, Will
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring the use of lunette dunes as geoarchives: an examination of late Quaternary palaeo-environmental change in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin Brandolese, Sara
    Doctor of Philosophy N-alkane and compound-specific isotope distribution in sediments and implications for palaeo-hydrology in tropical Australasia Boesl, Fabian
    Doctor of Philosophy Human impacts and Environmental Change in the Central Murray Valley. Naaman, Issy
    Doctor of Philosophy Human Impacts and Environmental Change in the Central Murray Valley Tian, Yanjie
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