Thomas Oliver

Lecturer in Coastal Geography
Lecturer

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Thomas Oliver is a coastal geographer interested in all aspects of coastal science from the late Quaternary to present-day processes. He has conducted research in many coastal locations around Australia and has a special interest in sandy coastal plains which preserve past shoreline behaviour, past coastal processes and palaeoclimatic signatures.

Current projects:

IN-CENT-IVES INtra-CENTennial sandy shoreline behaviour from sedimentary archIVES

Seed funding: Rectors Start-Up Grant

This project aims to reconstruct past shoreline behaviour on a timescale relevant for coastal management for sandy wave- dominated coastlines in Australia. This involves i) determining the impact of past storm events and subsequent recovery and ii) calculating past and present sediment budgets. Shallow geophysics, high-resolution topography and bathymetry, beach monitoring and innovative use of OSL dating for young (<500 year old) marine sediments will be combined into an integrated methodology to examine sites with unique sedimentary archives of beach and dune processes. This will enhance our understanding of the processes underpinning shoreline behaviour enabling better forecasting of future coastal response to physical processes, such as storm erosion and changes in sediment supply, on a timescale relevant to coastal planning and hazard assessments.

 

Blog: https://sandstoriesweb.wordpress.com/

PUBLICATIONS

Conference Papers
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Oliver TSN; Woodroffe CD, 2016, 'Chronology, morphology and GPR-imaged internal structure of the Callala Beach Prograded Barrier in Southeastern Australia', in Journal of Coastal Research, pp. 318 - 322, http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/SI75-064.1
2016
Journal articles
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McBride RA; Oliver TSN; Dougherty AJ; Tamura T; Carvalho RC; Short AD; Woodroffe CD, 2021, 'The turnaround from transgression to regression of Holocene barrier systems in south-eastern Australia: Geomorphology, geological framework and geochronology', Sedimentology, vol. 68, pp. 943 - 986, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sed.12812
2021
Oliver TSN; Tamura T, 2021, 'Sub-centennially resolved behavior of an accreting sandy shoreline over the past ~ 1000 years', Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol. 91, pp. 211 - 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.2110/JSR.2020.074
2021
Lu J; Han G; Song D; Oliver T; Teng Y; Guo J; Wu L; Zhang C; Jiang X, 2021, 'The Cross-Shore Component in the Vertical Structure of Wave-Induced Currents and Resulting Offshore Transport', Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, vol. 126, http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2021JC017311
2021
Yang G; Wang XH; Cheng Z; Zhong Y; Oliver T, 2021, 'Modelling study on estuarine circulation and its effect on the turbidity maximum zone in the Yalu River Estuary, China', Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, vol. 263, pp. 107634 - 107634, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2021.107634
2021
Oliver TSN; Tamura T; Murray-Wallace CV, 2020, 'Identification of reworked foraminifera in temperate carbonate sediments – A pilot study from the Coorong Coastal Plain, southern Australia', Marine Geology, vol. 421, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2019.106096
2020
Kennedy DM; Oliver TSN; Tamura T; Murray-Wallace CV; Thom BG; Rosengren NJ; Ierodiaconou D; Augustinus P; Leach C; Gao J; McSweeney SL; Konlechner T; Woodroffe CD, 2020, 'Holocene evolution of the Ninety Mile Beach sand barrier, Victoria, Australia: The role of sea level, sediment supply and climate.', Marine Geology, vol. 430, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2020.106366
2020
Oliver TSN, 2020, 'Backhoe for an Auger', Journal of Coastal Research, vol. 101, pp. 406 - 406, http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/jcr-si101-074.1
2020
Oliver TSN, 2020, 'Sliding, Sliding, Stuck - Flotsam Tobogganing Down an Interglacial Beach', Journal of Coastal Research, vol. 101, pp. 390 - 390, http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/jcr-si101-070.1
2020
Oliver TSN; Tamura T; Brooke BP; Short AD; Kinsela MA; Woodroffe CD; Thom BG, 2020, 'Holocene evolution of the wave-dominated embayed Moruya coastline, southeastern Australia: Sediment sources, transport rates and alongshore interconnectivity', Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 247, pp. 106566 - 106566, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106566
2020
Brooke BP; Huang Z; Nicholas WA; Oliver TSN; Tamura T; Woodroffe CD; Nichol SL, 2019, 'Relative sea-level records preserved in Holocene beach-ridge strandplains – An example from tropical northeastern Australia', Marine Geology, vol. 411, pp. 107 - 118, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2019.02.005
2019
Oliver TSN; Murray-Wallace CV; Woodroffe CD, 2019, 'Holocene shoreline progradation and coastal evolution at Guichen and Rivoli Bays, southern Australia', The Holocene, pp. 095968361987581 - 095968361987581, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959683619875815
2019
Tamura T; Oliver TSN; Cunningham AC; Woodroffe CD, 2019, 'Recurrence of Extreme Coastal Erosion in SE Australia Beyond Historical Timescales Inferred From Beach Ridge Morphostratigraphy', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 46, pp. 4705 - 4714, http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2019GL083061
2019
Carvalho RC; Oliver TSN; Woodroffe CD, 2019, 'Transition from marine to fluvial-dominated sediment supply at Shoalhaven prograded barrier, southeastern Australia', Geomorphology, vol. 341, pp. 65 - 78, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.05.010
2019
Thom BG; Oliver TSN, 2019, 'Evidence for a change in wind regime during the Last Glacial Maximum from the Sydney region', Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, vol. 66, pp. 279 - 288, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08120099.2019.1522668
2019
Tamura T; Cunningham AC; Oliver TSN, 2019, 'Two-dimensional chronostratigraphic modelling of OSL ages from recent beach-ridge deposits, SE Australia', Quaternary Geochronology, vol. 49, pp. 39 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2018.03.003
2019
Oliver TSN; Tamura T; Short AD; Woodroffe CD, 2019, 'Rapid shoreline progradation followed by vertical foredune building at Pedro Beach, southeastern Australia', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol. 44, pp. 655 - 666, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/esp.4510
2019
Tamura T; Nicholas WA; Oliver TSN; Brooke BP, 2019, 'Reply to the Discussion by John Nott on ‘Coarse-sand beach ridges at Cowley Beach, north-eastern Australia: Their formative processes and potential as records of tropical cyclone history’ by Tamura et al. (2018), Sedimentology,65, 721–744', Sedimentology, vol. 66, pp. 769 - 773, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sed.12495
2019
Oliver TSN; Donaldson P; Roach M; Woodroffe CD; Sharples C, 2018, 'Reply to: Punctuated transgression (?): Comment on Oliver, T.S.N., Donaldson, P., Sharples, C., Roach, M., and Woodroffe, C.D. “Punctuated progradation of the Seven Mile Beach Holocene barrier system, southeastern Tasmania”', Marine Geology, vol. 405, pp. 131 - 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2018.09.005
2018
Tamura T; Nicholas WA; Oliver TSN; Brooke BP, 2018, 'Coarse-sand beach ridges at Cowley Beach, north-eastern Australia: Their formative processes and potential as records of tropical cyclone history', Sedimentology, vol. 65, pp. 721 - 744, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sed.12402
2018
Oliver TSN; Kennedy DM; Tamura T; Murray-Wallace CV; Konlechner TM; Augustinus PC; Woodroffe CD, 2018, 'Interglacial-glacial climatic signatures preserved in a regressive coastal barrier, southeastern Australia', Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 501, pp. 124 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.04.011
2018
Gugliotta M; Saito Y; Ben B; Sieng S; Oliver TSN, 2018, 'Sedimentology of late Holocene fluvial levee and point-bar deposits from the Cambodian tract of the Mekong river', Journal of the Geological Society, vol. 175, pp. 176 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1144/jgs2017-047
2018
Oliver TSN; Tamura T; Hudson JP; Woodroffe CD, 2017, 'Integrating millennial and interdecadal shoreline changes: Morpho-sedimentary investigation of two prograded barriers in southeastern Australia', Geomorphology, vol. 288, pp. 129 - 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.03.019
2017
Oliver TSN; Donaldson P; Sharples C; Roach M; Woodroffe CD, 2017, 'Punctuated progradation of the Seven Mile Beach Holocene barrier system, southeastern Tasmania', Marine Geology, vol. 386, pp. 76 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2017.02.014
2017
Oliver TSN; Thom BG; Woodroffe CD, 2017, 'Formation of beach-ridge plains: an appreciation of the contribution by Jack L. Davies', Geographical Research, vol. 55, pp. 305 - 320, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1745-5871.12193
2017
Oliver TS; Dougherty AJ; Gliganic LA; Woodroffe CD, 2015, 'Towards more robust chronologies of coastal progradation: Optically stimulated luminescence ages for the coastal plain at Moruya, south-eastern Australia', Holocene, vol. 25, pp. 536 - 546, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959683614561886
2015
Oliver TSN; Rogers K; Chafer CJ; Woodroffe CD, 2012, 'Measuring, mapping and modelling: An integrated approach to the management of mangrove and saltmarsh in the Minnamurra River estuary, southeast Australia', Wetlands Ecology and Management, vol. 20, pp. 353 - 371, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11273-012-9258-2
2012
Oliver T; Tamura T; Brooke B; Short A; Kinsela M; Woodroffe C; Thom B, 'Holocene sediment budget for wave-dominated Moruya coastline, southeastern Australia: sediment sources, transport and embayment interconnectivity', , http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-8104
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