Dr Zoë Thomas
Zoe Thomas
Role: 
Research Associate
Field of Research: 
Palaeoclimate, climate, time series analysis, tipping points
Contact details:
Office: 

Room 4109
Biosciences South Building (E26)
UNSW, Kensington 2052

See also:

 

https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-zoe-thomas

https://twitter.com/ZoeAmberThomas  

 

Research & Current Projects


 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I currently work as a postdoctoral researcher in the palaeoclimate group at the University of New South Wales. My research involves finding abrupt changes or 'tipping points' in the Earth's climate by looking for generic indicators that can precede tipping points. The ability to detect these indicators has clear implications for the interpretation of palaeoenvironmental datasets, as well as future projections of climate.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

 

IN THE MEDIA

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVC-Kvok1JI&t=371s

  

Research Students


 

NA

 

Teaching


 

GEOS3761 Environmental Change (Lecturer)

CLIM3001 Climate Systems Science (Guest Lecturer)

 

Publications

 

https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-zoe-thomas/publications


 

Journal articles

Turney CS M;Fogwill CJ;Palmer JG;Van Sebille E;Thomas Z;McGlone M;Richardson S;Wilmshurst JM;Fenwick P;Zunz V;Goosse H;Wilson KJ;Carter L;Lipson M;Jones RT;Harsch M;Clark G;Marzinelli E;Rogers T;Rainsley E;Ciasto L;Waterman S;Thomas ER;Visbeck M, 2017, 'Tropical forcing of increased Southern Ocean climate variability revealed by a 140-year subantarctic temperature reconstruction', Climate of the Past, vol. 13, pp. 231 - 248, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-13-231-2017, ROS ID: 887651

Turney CS M;Palmer JG;Privat K;Thomas Z, 2017, 'Reconstructing atmospheric circulation over southern New Zealand: Establishment of modern westerly airflow 5500 years ago and implications for Southern Hemisphere Holocene climate change', Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 159, pp. 77 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.12.017, ROS ID: 870007

Fogwill C;Golledge NR;Thomas ZA;Levy RH;Gasson GW;Naish TR;McKay RM;Kowalewski DE, 2016, 'Antarctic climate and ice sheet configuration during a peak-warmth Early Pliocene interglacial', Climate of the Past Discussionshttp://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-2016-123, ROS ID: 862306

Palmer JG;Turney CS M;Cook ER;Fenwick P;Thomas Z;Helle G;Jones R;Clement A;Hogg A;Southon J;Bronk Ramsey C;Staff R;Muscheler R;Corrège T;Hua Q, 2016, 'Changes in El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions during the Greenland Stadial 1 (GS-1) chronozone revealed by New Zealand tree-rings', Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 153, pp. 139 - 155, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.10.003, ROS ID: 854811

Turney C;Fogwill C;Palmer J;van Sebille E;Thomas Z;McGlone M;Richardson S;Wilmshurst J;Fenwick P;Zunz V;Goosse H;Wilson K-J;Carter L;Lipson M;Jones RT;Harsch M;Clark G;Marzinelli E;Rogers T;Rainsley E;Ciasto L;Waterman S;Thomas E;Visbeck M, 2016, 'Tropical forcing of increased Southern Ocean climate variability revealed by a 140-year subantarctic temperature reconstruction', Climate of the Past Discussionshttp://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-2016-114, ROS ID: 859630

Thomas ZA, 2016, 'Using natural archives to detect climate and environmental tipping points in the Earth System', Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 152, pp. 60 - 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.09.026, ROS ID: 846749

Turney CS M;Jones RT;Lister D;Jones P;Williams AN;Hogg A;Thomas ZA;Compo GP;Yin X;Fogwill CJ;Palmer J;Colwell S;Allan R;Visbeck M, 2016, 'Anomalous mid-twentieth century atmospheric circulation change over the South Atlantic compared to the last 6000 years', Environmental Research Letters, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/11/6/064009, ROS ID: 819075

Turney CS M;Jones RT;Thomas ZA;Palmer JG;Brown D, 2016, 'Extreme wet conditions coincident with Bronze Age abandonment of upland areas in Britain', Anthropocene, vol. 13, pp. 69 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ancene.2016.02.002, ROS ID: 805297

Turney CS M;Palmer J;Hogg A;Fogwill CJ;Jones RT;Bronk Ramsey C;Fenwick P;Grierson P;Wilmshurst J;O'Donnell A;Thomas ZA;Lipson M, 2016, 'Multidecadal variations in Southern Hemisphere atmospheric 14C: Evidence against a Southern Ocean sink at the end of the Little Ice Age CO2 anomaly', Global Biogeochemical Cycles, vol. 30, pp. 211 - 218, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2015GB005257, ROS ID: 788429

Turney CS M;Palmer J;Bronk Ramsey C;Adolphi F;Muscheler R;Hughen KA;Staff RA;Jones RT;Thomas ZA;Fogwill CJ;Hogg A, 2016, 'High-precision dating and correlation of ice, marine and terrestrial sequences spanning Heinrich Event 3: Testing mechanisms of interhemispheric change using New Zealand ancient kauri (Agathis austral', Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 137, pp. 126 - 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.02.005, ROS ID: 794652

Turney CS M;Jones RT;Fogwill C;Hatton J;Williams AN;Hogg A;Thomas ZA;Palmer J;Mooney S;Reimer RW, 2016, 'A 250-year periodicity in Southern Hemisphere westerly winds over the last 2600 years', Climate of the Past, vol. 12, pp. 189 - 200, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-189-2016, ROS ID: 789106

Turney CS M;McGlone M;Palmer J;Fogwill C;Hogg A;Thomas ZA;Lipson M;Wilmshurst JM;Fenwick P;Jones RT;Hines B;Clark GF, 2016, 'Intensification of Southern Hemisphere westerly winds 2000-1000 years ago: Evidence from the subantarctic Campbell and Auckland Islands (52-50°S)', Journal of Quaternary Science, vol. 31, pp. 12 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jqs.2828, ROS ID: 782901

Suggitt AJ;Jones RT;Caseldine CJ;Huntley B;Stewart JR;Brooks SJ;Brown E;Fletcher D;Gillingham PK;Larwood J;Macgregor NA;Silva B;Thomas Z;Wilson RJ;Maclean IM D, 2015, 'A reply to ‘A meta-database of Holocene sediment cores for England: missing data’ (Tooley 2015)', Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, vol. 24, pp. 753 - 754, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00334-015-0531-1, ROS ID: 795132

Suggitt AJ;Jones RT;Caseldine CJ;Huntley B;Stewart JR;Brooks SJ;Brown E;Fletcher D;Gillingham PK;Larwood J;Macgregor NA;Silva B;Thomas Z;Wilson RJ;Maclean IM D, 2015, 'A meta-database of Holocene sediment cores for England', Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, vol. 24, pp. 743 - 747, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00334-015-0515-1, ROS ID: 795131

Turney CS M;Thomas ZA;Hutchinson DK;Bradshaw CJ A;Brook BW;England MH;Fogwill CJ;Jones RT;Palmer J;Hughen KA;Cooper A, 2015, 'Obliquity-driven expansion of North Atlantic sea ice during the last glacial', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 42, pp. 10382 - 10390, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2015GL066344, ROS ID: 779584

Thomas ZA;Kwasniok F;Boulton CA;Cox PM;Jones RT;Lenton TM;Turney CS M, 2015, 'Early warnings and missed alarms for abrupt monsoon transitions', Climate of the Past, vol. 11, pp. 1621 - 1633, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-11-1621-2015, ROS ID: 819002

Thomas ZA;Kwasniok F;Boulton CA;Cox PM;Jones RT;Lenton TM;Turney CS M, 2015, 'Early warnings and missed alarms for abrupt monsoon transitions', Climate of the Past, vol. 11, pp. 1621 - 1633, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-11-1621-2015, ROS ID: 518849

Turney C;Jones R;Fogwill C;Hatton J;Williams AN;Hogg A;Thomas Z;Palmer J;Mooney S, 2015, 'A 250 year periodicity in Southern Hemisphere westerly winds over the last 2600 years', Climate of the Past Discussions, vol. 11, pp. 2159 - 2180, http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cpd-11-2159-2015, ROS ID: 518848

Telfer MW;Thomas ZA;Breman E, 2012, 'Sand ramps in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa: Evidence of periglacial aeolian activity during the last glacial', Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 313-314, pp. 59 - 69, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.10.008, ROS ID: 779641