Dr Thomas Oliver

Lecturer in Coastal Geography

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 minor-latin;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:

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 (


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

Journal articles

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

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', Sedimentology, vol. 66, pp. 769 - 773, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sed.12495

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,', Marine Geology, vol. 405, pp. 131 - 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2018.09.005

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

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

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

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

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

Oliver TSN; Murray-Wallace CV; Woodroffe CD, '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

Conference Papers

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, presented at , http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/SI75-064.1