Professor of Physical Geography, James Cook University

Jon undertakes research into extreme natural events such as tsunamis and tropical cyclones and specializes in post-event surveys both in Australia and overseas and also reconstructing long-term natural records of these extreme events. These records provide a more realistic guide to the long-term behaviour of these hazards and can be used as a basis for estimating their return intervals and for risk assessment.

He is regarded as one of the world’s leading researchers into the long-term history and variability of tropical cyclones.

Professor Nott has published many articles on these topics in international science journals and has provided the first detailed review of the techniques involved in reconstructing these long-term records in his book ‘Extreme Events’ published by Cambridge University Press in 2006.

Professor Nott graduated with a PhD in Geomorphology from the University of Wollongong in 1991. He took up a position as lecturer in Geosciences at the Northern Territory University, Darwin in 1991, then moved to a lecturing position at the Australian National University, Canberra between 1993 to 1995 and then to James Cook University, Cairns, where he has been since.


  • –present
    Professor of Physical Geography, James Cook University


    University of Wollongong, PhD/Geography