Dr Patrick Moss
Dr Patrick Moss


Associate Professor, Physical Geography


Room:  3-324
Phone:  336-56418
E-mail:   Patrick.moss@uq.edu.au

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  • BSc
  • BA(Hons) Melb.
  • PhD Monash

Professional Associations

  • President of the Australasian Quaternary Association
  • Member of the Geography Compass Editorial Board
  • Member of the Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Member of Ecological Society of Australia
  • Member of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists.

Research Interests

Dr Moss joined the School in July 2004. His research interests are in the areas of Biogeography, Landscape Ecology and Palaeoecology. He is currently working on reconstructing Quaternary environments in North and South Eastern Queensland, as well as examining the Eocene environments of the Okanagan highlands in British Columbia, Canada.

Research Students

Principal Supervision of PhD candidates :

Associate Supervision of PhD and MPhil candidates:

Selected Publications

Moss, P.T., ‘An island of green in the sunburnt country: The rainforests of the Humid Tropics of northeastern Australia and their response to Quaternary environmental change’. Geography Compass 2 (6):1777-1797, 2008.

Moss, P.T. and Kershaw, A.P. ‘A late Quaternary marine palynological record (oxygen isotope stages 1 to 7) for the humid tropics of northeastern Australia based on ODP site 820’. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 251:4-22, 2007.

Moss, P.T., Thomas, I. and Macphail, M. ‘Late Holocene vegetation and environments of the Mersey Valley, Tasmania’. Australian Journal of Botany 55(1):74-82, 2007.

Moss, P.T., Greenwood, D.R. and S.B. Archibald. ‘Regional and local vegetation dynamics of the Eocene Okanagan Highlands (British Columbia/Washington State) from palynology’. Journal of Canadian Earth Sciences, 42: 187-204, 2005.

Moss, P.T., Kershaw, A.P. and J. Grindrod. ‘Pollen transport and deposition in riverine and marine environments within the humid tropics of northeastern Australia’. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 135: 55-69, 2005.

Turney, C.S.M., Kershaw, A.P., Clemens, S., Branch, N., Moss, P.T., and L.K. Fifield. ‘Links between millennial and orbital variation of El Niño/Southern Oscillation and high latitude climate in the last glacial period’. Nature, 428: 306-310, 2004.

Kershaw, A.P., Moss, P.T. and S. van der Kaars. ‘Causes and consequences of long term climatic variability on the Australian continent’. Freshwater Biology, 48: 1274-1283, 2003.

Grindrod, J., Moss, P.T. and S. van der Kaars. ‘Late Quaternary records mangrove pollen records from the continental shelf and deep ocean cores in the north Australian region’.

Kershaw, A.P., van der Kaars, S., Moss, P.T. and X. Wang. ‘Quaternary records of vegetation, biomass burning, climate and possible human impact in Indonesia-northern Australian region’.

In Kershaw, A.P. (et al.) Bridging Wallace’s Line: Environmental and Cultural History and Dynamics of the Southeast Asian-Australasian Region. Advances in Geoecology, 34, Cantena-Verlag, Reiskirchen, Germany, 2002.

Funded Projects

  • Light islands in a sea of dark rainforest: Human influence on fire, climate and biodiversity in the Australian tropics. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, Haberle, S.G., Cosgrove R., Moss, P.T., O’Connell, J & Ferrier, A. 2009 - 2011, ($443,685).
  • Holocene landscape and sea level change in eastern Australia. Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering, Moss, P.T., Gehrels, R. & Sloss, C. 2009, ($5,383).
  • Climate and sea level change on the Southeast coast of Queensland: A pilot study. Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering, Sloss, C., Murray-Wallace, C, Moss, P.T., Nothdurft, L. & McGregor, H. 2009, ($9,280).

Teaching Responsibilities


  • CONS3017 – Landscape Ecology
  • CONS6017 – Landscape Ecology
  • GEOS2103 – Biogeography & Geomorphology
  • GEOS3102 – Global Change: Problems and Prospects
  • GEOS7103 – Biogeography & Geomorphology


Last updated: Mar 16, 2015

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