Dr Quan Hua

Principal Research Scientist
Phone - +61 2 9717 3671
Quan Hua


Role at ANSTO


Quan Hua is a Principal Research Scientist within the Institute for Environmental Research at ANSTO. He has 20 years working experience in radiocarbon dating and its applications in Quaternary and climate change studies. His current research focuses on radiocarbon calibration, and high resolution proxy records of climate series from coral, speleothems, tree rings and sediments. He has also contributed to developing the capability in preparing ultra-small radiocarbon samples for AMS analysis.




Radiocarbon, tree rings, corals, speleothems, AMS, small-mass radiocarbon, bomb-pulse radiocarbon, radiocarbon reservoir effects, radiocarbon calibration, atmospheric circulation, ocean circulation, archaeology, Angkor.


Qualifications & Achievements


As a team member, Quan was awarded 5,182 K$ in total for 13 successful research grant applications since 2007 (4 ARC Discovery, 1 CERF, 1 DAFF, 1 Australian Antarctic Science Program, 4 ARC LIEF, 1 National Geographic and 1 Environmental Trust Grant). Was awarded a FY 2008 JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Invitation Fellowship Program for Research in Japan to visit 6 AMS facilities in Japan to discuss and collaborate with Japanese scientists on various aspects of radiocarbon in climate change studies.


Publication of 95 refereed research articles in international journals. Ph.D. in Radiocarbon and Earth sciences, University of Sydney. B.Sc. in Nuclear Physics, Dalat University (Vietnam). Affiliations Member of the AINSE (the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering) Archaeology and Geosciences Specialist Committee. This committee adjudicates about 40-50 projects requesting a total of 500 K$/year. Member of the Asian Dendrochronology Association (ADA) Committee (2007-2008). Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA).


Selected publications

Hua, Q., G.E. Webb, J.-x. Zhao, L.D. Nothdurft, M. Lybolt, G.J. Price, and B.N. Opdyke (2015), Large variations in the Holocene marine reservoir effect reflect ocean circulation and climatic changes, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 422, 33-44, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.03.049.

Canti, M., C. Bronk Ramsey, Q. Hua, and P. Marshall (2015), Chronometry of pedogenic and stratigraphic events from calcite produced by earthworms, Quaternary Geochronology 28, 96-102, doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2015.05.001.

Harris, D.L., J.M. Webster, A. Vila-Concejo, Q. Hua, Y. Yokoyama, and P.J. Reimer (2015), Late-Holocene sea level fall and turn-off of reef flat carbonate production: Re-thinking bucket fill and coral reef growth models, Geology, 43, 175-178, doi:10.1130/G35977.1

Kosnik, M.A., Q. Hua, D.S. Kaufman, and A. Zawadzki (2015), Sediment accumulation, stratigraphic order, and the extent of time-averaging in lagoonal sediments: a comparison of 210Pb and 14C/amino acid racemization chronologies, Coral Reefs, 34, 215-229.

Dawson, J.L., S.G. Smithers, and Q. Hua (2014), The importance of large benthic foraminifera to reef island sediment budget and dynamics at Raine Island, northern Great Barrier Reef, Geomorphology, 222, 68-81.

Hua, Q., M. Barbetti, and  A.Z.Rakowski, (2013), Atmospheric radiocarbon for the period 1950-2010, Radiocarbon, 55, 2059-2072.


Hogg, A.G., Q. Hua, P.G. Blackwell, M. Niu, C.E. Buck, T.P. Guilderson, T.J. Heaton, J.G. Palmer, P.J. Reimer, R.W. Reimer, C.S.M. Turney, and S.R.H. Zimmerman (2013), SHCal13 Southern Hemisphere calibration, 0-50,000 cal yr BP, Radiocarbon 55, 1889-1903.

Santini, N.S., Q. Hua, N. Schmitz, and C.E. Lovelock (2013), Radiocarbon dating and wood density chronologies of mangrove trees in arid Western Australia, PloS ONE 8(11), e80116, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080116.

Sloss, C.R., K.E. Westaway, Q. Hua, and C.V. Murray-Wallace (2013), Chapter 14.30 An introduction to dating techniques: A Guide for Geomorphologists, In: Shroder, J., Switzer, A.D., Kennedy, D.M. (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, California, USA, Vol. 14: Methods in Geomorphology, p.346-369.

 Hua, Q., M. Barbetti, V.A. Levchenko, R.D. D'Arrigo, B.M. Buckley, and A.M. Smith (2012), Monsoonal influence on Southern Hemisphere 14CO2, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L19806, doi:10.1029/2012GL052971.


Hua, Q., J. McDonald, D. Redwood, R. Drysdale, S. Lee, S. Fallon, and J. Hellstrom (2012), Robust chronological reconstruction for young speleothems using radiocarbon, Quaternary Geochronology, 14, 67-80, doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2012.04.017.


Griffiths, M.L., J. Fohlmeister, R.N. Drysdale, Q. Hua, K.R. Johnson, J.C. Hellstrom, M.K. Gagan, and J.-x. Zhao (2012), Hydrological control on the dead-carbon content of a tropical Holocene speleothem, Quaternary Geochronology 14, 81-93.


Clarke, L.J., S.A. Robinson, Q. Hua, D.J. Ayre, and D. Fink (2012), 14C bomb spike reveals biological effects of Antarctic climate change, Global Change Biology, 18, 301-310, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2011.02560.x.


Wood, S.W., Q. Hua, K.J. Allen, and D.M.J.S. Bowman (2010), Age and growth of a fire prone Tasmanian temperate old-growth forest stand dominated by Eucalyptus regnans, the world's tallest angiosperm, Forest Ecology and Management 260, 438-447.


Yu, K., Q. Hua, J.-x. Zhao, E. Hodge, D. Fink, and M. Barbetti (2010), Holocene marine 14C reservoir age variability: evidence from 230Th-dated corals from South China Sea,Paleoceanography, 25, PA3205, doi:10.1029/2009PA001831.


Hua, Q., M. Barbetti, D. Fink, K.F. Kaiser, M. Friedrich, B. Kromer, V.A. Levchenko, U. Zoppi, A.M. Smith, and F. Bertuch (2009), Atmospheric 14C variations derived from tree rings during the early Younger Dryas, Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 2982-2990, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.08.013.


Hua, Q. (2009), Radiocarbon: A chronological tool for the recent past, Quaternary Geochronology, 4, 378-390, doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2009.03.006.


Hua, Q., and M. Barbetti (2007), Influence of atmospheric circulation on regional 14CO2 differences, Journal of Geophysical Research 112, D19102, doi:10.1029/2006JD007898.

Kosnik, M.A., Q. Hua, G.E. Jacobsen, D.S. Kaufman, and R.A. Wüst (2007), Sediment mixing and stratigraphic disorder revealed by the age-structure of Tellina shells in Great Barrier Reef sediment, Geology 35, 811-814, doi: 10.1130/G23722A.1.

Woodroffe, C.D., B. Samosorn, Q. Hua, and D.E. Hart (2007), Incremental accretion of a sandy reef island over the past 3000 years indicated by component-specific radiocarbon dating, Geophysical Research Letters 34, L03602, doi:10.1029/2006GL028875.

Hua, Q., C.D. Woodroffe, S.G. Smithers, M. Barbetti, and D. Fink (2005), Radiocarbon in corals from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and implications for Indian Ocean circulation, Geophysical Research Letters 32, L21602, doi: 10.1029/2005GL023882.


Hua, Q., and M. Barbetti (2004), Review of tropospheric bomb radiocarbon data for carbon cycle modelling and age calibration purposes, Radiocarbon 46, 1273-1298.