Dr Duncan Cook - Nat Sch of Arts (Faculty of Education and Arts)
Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)
I am a Physical Geographer and the Lecturer in Charge of Geography here at the ACU. I was awarded my PhD from the University of Sydney and since then have held post-doctoral positions at the Smithsonian Institution (USA), Georgetown University (USA) and the University of Glasgow (UK). Prior to relocating back to Sydney in 2012 I worked for the New Zealand Defence Force at the Defence Technology Agency as an Environmental Research Scientist.
My research is currently focused on the relationships between climatic variability, human response and landscapes over a variety of timescales worldwide. This work falls broadly into two main categories:
1. Recent and projected human-climate interactions: Historical climatic variability and environmental extremes in West Asia; Investigating the climatic background to recent piracy in the Horn of Africa region; projected climate change impacts in the Horn of Africa region; remote sensing of coastal environments via satellite and UAVs
2. Human response to environmental change in the past: High-resolution records of environmental change (Asia, Central America, Australasia), ancient agriculture and climate adaptation (Central America, UK), palaeoclimates and archaeological change (SE Asia, Mesoamerica)
The common theoretical thread linking these research interests is the question of how best to quantify and understand the complex interaction between human activity, climatic fluctuations and environmental change across the Earth's surface.
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A small unmanned aerial system (UAS) for coastal atmospheric research: preliminary results from New Zealand, in Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Mud, Murder and Mayhem: a 1300 year record of human activity and environmental change from Cancu??n, Guatemala, in The 105th Annual General Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Los Angeles, 8-13 April 2013)
Somali piracy and the monsoon, in Weather, Climate, and Society