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Dr Craig Woodward

Dr Craig Woodward

Research Leader, Environmental Change

Role at ANSTO

Dr Craig Woodward is a research scientist in ANSTO's environment research group and a research leader for the Environmental Change program.  His expertise is in the study of long-term (thousands to millions of years) environmental change recorded in natural archives. Craig uses records of past climate change, human activities, and bush fires preserved in wetland sediments to increase our understanding of the Earth system, and inform management.

A major focus of Craig’s work is changes in water quality and quantity in response to human impacts and climate change. He is studying wetland records in Australia and New Zealand to understand how people have impacted wetlands and how they might be managed in the future.

Catchment scale impacts on wetlands are combined with the regional effect of climate change and Craig also uses wetland records to reconstruct long-term climate change. Such records are crucial for testing climate models that predict future climate change scenarios.

Craig uses a wide range of the facilities and infrastructure at ANSTO as part of his research including ANSTO’s particle accelerators, pre-treatment and graphitisation facilities for radiocarbon; lead-210 dating by gamma and alpha spectrometry; core scanning using the Itrax high-resolution XRF scanner; and stable isotope facility for C, N, H and O.


 Paleolimnology, Paleoecology, Aquatic ecosystems, radiocarbon dating, Stable isotopes as proxies for environmental change, macrocharcoal analysis

Qualifications & Achievements

  • PhD in Environmental Science from University of Canterbury (2007)
  • Post-Doctoral positions held at Queen’s University Belfast (2006-2007); University of Western Ontario (2008-2010), University of Queensland (2010-2016)
  • ANSTO Environment Theme award for teamwork and networking

Committees, Affiliations & memberships 

  • Member of Past Global Changes (PAGES), Australian Quaternary Association (AQUA) and the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA)