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
  • G. C. Ed (Queensland)  


Patrick joined GPEM in July 2004 from the Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA and was previously employed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography, University of Iowa, USA (2000 to 2002). He undertook his PhD at Monash University (thesis title ‘Late Quaternary Environments of the Humid Tropics of Northeastern Australia.’) and has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne, as well as completing a Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) from The University of Queensland.

Research Interests

Patrick’s research interests are in the areas of late Quaternary (last 150,000 years) palaeoecology in Australia, particularly focussing on environmental history in subtropical Queensland, northern tropical Australia and Tasmania, as well as Eocene (around 50 million years ago) palaeoecology of the Okanagan Highlands in British Columbia, Canada. He is also developing palaeoecological research in South East Asia and has research interests in contemporary Australian fire ecology. In particular his research is concerned with reconstructing past Australian landscapes and ecosystems to further understand their resilience and vulnerability in the face of contemporary and future environmental change, which will help to improve management and conservation planning for the future.

Professional Associations

  • Member of Editorial Board for Geographical Research, 2014 to present.
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board for Australian Archaeology, 2013 to present.
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Archaeology and Geoscience Specialist Committee.
  • Member of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP)
  • Member of the Australian Quaternary Association (AQUA)
  • Member of the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA)
  • Member of the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)
  • Member of the Royal Society of Queensland (RSQ)
  • Member of the Australian Archaeological Association (AAA)
  • Member of the International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG)

Research Students

Principal Supervision of PhD candidates :

Associate Supervision of PhD and MPhil candidates:

Selected Publications (RHD/Honours students in italics)

Moss, P., Mackenzie, L., Ulm, S., Sloss, C., Rosendahl, D., Petherick, L., Steinberger, L., Wallis, L., Heijnis, H., Petchey, F. & Jacobsen, G. (in press) Environmental context for late Holocene human occupation of the South Wellesley Archipelago, Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia. Quaternary International. Accepted 20 February, 2015.

Mackenzie, L. & Moss, P. (in press) A late Quaternary record of vegetation and climate change from Hazards Lagoon, eastern Tasmania. Quaternary International (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2014.11.051.

Adams-Hosking, C., McAlpine, C.A., Rhodes, J.R., Moss, P.T. & Grantham, H. (in press) Prioritizing regions to conserve a specialist folivore: considering probability of occurrence, food resources, and climate change. Conservation Letters. Accepted 13 July 2014.

Rogers, P., Rogers, R., Hedrich, A. & Moss, P.T.(2015) Lichen monitoring delineates biodiversity on a Great Barrier Reef coral cay. Forests. 6, 1557-1575.

Burgess, E.E., Moss, P., Haseler, M. & Maron, M. (2015) The influence of a variable fire regime on woodland structure and composition. International Journal of Wildland Fire 24, 59-69.

Fletcher, T.L., Moss, P.T. & Salisbury, S.W. (2015) Wood growth indices as climate indicators from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian–Turonian) portion of the Winton Formation, Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 417, 35 – 43.

Fletcher, T.L., Cantrill, D.J., Moss, P.T. & Salisbury, S.W. (2014) A new species of Protophyllocladoxylon from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian–Turonian) portion of the Winton Formation, central-western Queensland, Australia. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 208, 43 – 49.

Fletcher, T.L., Moss, P.T. & Salisbury, S.W. (2014) Foliar physiognomic climate estimates for the Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian–Turonian) Lark Quarry fossil flora, central-western Queensland, Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 61, 575-582.

Fletcher, T.L., Greenwood, D.R., Moss, P.T. & Salisbury, S.W. (2014) Palaeoclimate of the Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian-Turonian) portion of the Winton Formation, Central-Western Queensland, Australia: New Observations based on CLAMP and Bioclimatic Analysis. Palaios 29, 121-129.

Gontz, A.M., Moss, P.T. & Wagenknecht, E.K. (2013) Stratigraphic architecture of a regressive strand plain, Flinders Beach, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia. Journal of Coastal Research 30, 575-585.

Tran, D.B., Dargusch, P., Herbohn, J., & Moss, P. (2013) Interventions to better manage the carbon stocks in Australian Melaleuca forests. Land Use Policy 35, 417-420.

Barr, C., Tibby, J., Marshall, J.C., McGregor, G.B., Moss, P.T., Halverson, G.P. & Fluin, J. (2013) Combining monitoring, models and palaeolimnology to assess ecosystem response to environmental change at monthly to millennial time scales: The stability of Blue Lake, North Stradbroke Island, Australia. Freshwater Biology, 58, pp. 1614-1630.

Moss, P.T., Tibby, J., Petherick, L., McGowan, H. & Barr, C. (2013) Late Quaternary vegetation history of North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, eastern Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 74, pp. 257-272.

Moss, P.T. (2013) Palynology and its Application to Geomorphology. In Shroder, J.F. (Ed) Treastise in Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, USA

McIntosh, P.D., Eberhard, R., Slee, A., Moss, P., Price, D.M., Donaldson, P., Doyle, R., and Martins, J. (2012) Late Quaternary extraglacial cold-climate deposits in low and mid-altitude Tasmania and their climatic implications. Geomorphology 179, pp. 21-39.

Tran, D.B., Dargusch, P., Moss, P. & Hoang, T.V. (2012) An assessment of potential responses of Melaleuca genus to global climate change. Mitigation and Adaptation for Global Change doi: 10.1007/s11027-012-9394-2.

Webster, J.M., Beaman, R.J., Puga-Bernabéu, Á., Ludman, D., Renema, W., Wust, R.A.J., George, N.P.J.,  Reimer, P.J., Jacobsen, G.E. &  Moss, P. (2012) Late Pleistocene history of turbidite sedimentation in a submarine canyon off the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 331-332, pp. 75-89.

Adams-Hosking, C., McAlpine, C., Rhodes, J.R., Grantham, H.S. & Moss, P.T. (2012) Modelling changes in the distribution of the critical food resources of a specialist folivore in response to climate change. Diversity and Distribution 18, pp.  847-860.

Gehrels, W.R., Callard, S.L., Moss, P.T., Marshall, W.A., Hunter, J., Milton, J.A. and Garnett, M.H. (2012) Nineteenth and twentieth century sea-level changes in Tasmania and Australia. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 315-316, pp. 94-102.

Moss, P.T., Cosgrove, R., Haberle, S.G. & Ferrier, Å. (2012) Holocene environments of the sclerophyll woodlands of the Wet Tropics of northeastern Australia. In Peopled Landscapes: Archaeological and Biogeographic Approaches to Landscapes (Eds. Haberele, S.G. & David, B.), Terra Australis 34, Australian National University Press, Australian Capital Territory. 329 – 341.

Adams-Hosking, C., Moss, P.T., Rhodes, J.R., Grantham, H.S. & McAlpine C. (2011) Modelling the potential range of the koala at the Last Glacial Maximum: future conservation implications. Australian Zoologist 35, pp. 983-990.

Moss, P, Petherick, L. & Neil, D. (2011) Environmental Change at Myora Springs, North Stradbroke Island over the last millennium. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 117, 133 – 141.

Petherick, L.M., Moss, P.T. & McGowan, H.A. (2011) Climatic and environmental variability during the termination of the Last Glacial Phase in coastal eastern Australia: a review. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 58, pp. 563-577.

Adams-Hosking, C., Grantham, H.S., Rhodes, J.R., McAlpine, C. & Moss, P.T. (2011) Modelling climate change-induced shifts in the distribution of the koala. Wildlife Research 38, pp. 122-130.

Moss, P.T. (2008) 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), pp. 1777-1797.

Moss, P.T. and Kershaw, A.P. (2007) 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, pp. 4-22.

Moss, P.T., Thomas, I. and Macphail, M. (2007) Late Holocene vegetation and environments of the Mersey Valley, Tasmania. Australian Journal of Botany 55(1), pp. 74-82.

Moss, P.T., Kershaw, A.P., and Grindrod, J. (2005) Fluvial and marine pollen transport in the humid tropics of Northeastern Australia. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 134, pp. 55-69.

Moss, P.T., Greenwood, D.R. and Archibald, S.B. (2005) Regional and Local Vegetation Community Dynamics of the Eocene Okanagan Highlands (British Columbia/Washington State) from Palynology. Journal of Canadian Earth Sciences 42, pp. 187-204.

Kershaw, A.P., Moss, P.T. and Wild, R. (2005) Patterns and causes of vegetation change in the Australian wet tropics region over the last 10 million years. In Bermingham, E., Dick, C.W. and Moritz, C. (eds.) Tropical Rainforests: Past, Present and Future. University of Chicago Press, Chicago

Turney, C.S.M., Kershaw, A.P., Clemens, S., Branch, N., Moss, P., and Fifield, L.K. (2004). Links between millennial and orbital variations of El Niño/Southern Oscillation and high-latitude climate in the last glacial period. Nature. 428, pp. 306-310.

Greenwood, D.R., Moss, P.T., Vadala, A.J. and Keefe, R.L. (2003) Plant communities and climate change in southeastern Australia during the early Paleogene. In Wing, S.L., Gingerich, P.D., Schmitz, B., and Thomas, E., Eds. Causes and Consequences of Globally Warm Climates in the Early Paleogene. Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America Special Paper 369, pp. 365-380.

Kershaw, A.P., Moss, P.T. and van der Kaars (2003) Causes and consequences of long-term climatic variability on the Australian continent. Freshwater Biology, 48, 1274-1283.

Grindrod, J, Moss, P.T. and van der Kaars, S. (2002) Late Quaternary mangrove pollen records from the continental shelf and deep ocean cores in the north Australian region in Bridging Wallace’s Lines – The Environmental and Cultural History and Dynamics of the SE-Asian-Australian Region (Eds. Kershaw, A.P., David, B., Tapper, T., Penny, D. and Brown, J.). Advances in Geoecology 34, Cantena Verl., Reiskirchen, Germany pp. 119 to 148.

Moss, P.T. and Kershaw, A.P. (2000) The Last Glacial Cycle from the humid tropics of northeastern Australia: Comparison of a terrestrial and a marine record. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 155, pp. 155-176.

Grindrod, J., Moss, P.T. and van der Kaars, S. (1999) Late Quaternary cycles of mangrove development and decline on the north Australian continental shelf. Journal of Quaternary Science., 14 (5), pp. 465-470.

Current Funded Projects

2015 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (DP150103875)
Title - A 140,000 year insight into the imprint of climate and humans on Australia.
Investigators - John Tibby (The University of Adelaide), Patrick Moss (The University of Queensland.
Amount- AU$381,140
2012-2015 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (DP120103179)
Title - Naïve island landscapes: people and environmental change in tropical sclerophyll landscapes.
Investigators – Sean Ulm (James Cook University), Lynley Wallis (The University of Queensland), Patrick Moss (The University of Queensland) and Craig Sloss (Queensland University of Technology).
Amount – AU$450,000
2014-2015 Burnett Mary Regional Group Research Grant
Title – Effects of fire and vine weed within the Tinana Creek catchment, South East Queensland
Investigators – Patrick Moss
Amount - $AU26,288
2014-2015 Kimberley Foundation Australia
Title - Developing palaeoecological science in the Kimberley region.
Investigators – Hamish McGowan (The University of Queensland), Patrick Moss, Sam Marx (University of Wollongong) and Andrew Hammond (Central Queensland University)
Amount – AU$44,000

Teaching Responsibilities


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


Last updated: Nov 12, 2015

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