Christopher Wurster

Senior Research Associate of Stable Isotope Geochemistry, James Cook University

Dr Christopher Wurster, a senior research associate at JCU, is an ecogeochemist who is also involved in developing novel techniques for radiocarbon dating tropical guano and pyrogenic carbon.

His research incorporates both terrestrial (from the humid tropics to drylands) and aquatic systems (both freshwater and oceanic), and he has utilized a suite of stable isotope ratios on a wide array of materials including water, carbonate, phosphate, and organic matter.

His current foci include developing records of environmental change from cave guano and lacustrine sediments, investigating pyrogenic carbon and organic geochemical archives using hydrogen pyrolysis, and continuing to investigate animal behaviour using stable isotope compositions of their tissues and biogenic minerals such as bones, shells and fish otoliths.

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Research Associate of Stable Isotope Geochemistry, James Cook University

Education

  • 2005 
    University of Saskatchewan, PhD / Geological Sciences