My research interests focus on Carboniferous to recent microfossils, sedimentology and stratigraphy. Especially in the application of stratigraphy and micropalaeontology to interpret bathymetry and palaeoceanography.
My PhD research detailed the palaeoecology of Carboniferous foraminifera and sedimentary cyclicity in Ireland.
My research has contributed to the interpretation of Cretaceous to Cenozoic shelf evolution in Australia. My work with Holdgate also enhanced the brown coal stratigraphy in Victoria,. In recent years I have become interested in the 80 myr climate & oceanography record of Australia's margin as an analogue for future climate change. My recent work has focussed on climate variability in a greenhouse world and the descent into the Cenozoic Icehouse world.
I have published more than 50 publications, supervised many Honours, PhD and Master of Science completions since 1996.
I have also been Chair and Treasurer of the Geological Society Victoria Division. My national and international science committee roles have includes: SSEP committee member and ANZIC SciComm Chair. I have organised four prestigious Selwyn symposia for the Geological Society of Australia, Victoria Division.
In the last few years I have been invited to give research seminars and short courses to CSIRO and the PESA.