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Dr. Stewart Fallon

Research Fellow
Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory

Earth Chemistry
Research School of Earth Sciences
The Australian National University
Canberra, ACT 0200

Tel: +61 2 612 54261
Fax: +61 2 612 50941


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Research Interests:

My research interests centre on climate, oceanography and innovative uses of radiocarbon in science

Deep Sea Corals:

Southern Ocean Deep sea corals

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Surface Corals and Ocean Circulation:

Using radiocarbon trapped in Porites coral skeletons

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Catostrophic Marine Inundation Events:

Large wave events affect a majority of the Australian coastline

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Fish Ecology:

In an innovative study we have for the first time been able to
determine the age for the Australian Lungfish.

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Recent Publications:

S.J. Fallon, L.K. Fifield, J.M. Chappell, (2010) The next chapter in radiocarbon dating at the  Australian National University: Status report on the single stage AMS, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 268 898–901.

S.J. Fallon,
K. James, R. Norman, M. Kelly, M.J. Ellwood, (2010) A simple radiocarbon dating method for determining the age and growth rate of deep-sea sponges, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 268 1241–1243

James, K., Fallon, S.J.
, McDougall, A., Espinoza, T., Broadfoot, C., (accepted 15 Apr. 2010) Assessing the potential for radiocarbon dating the scales of Australian Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri), Radiocarbon

Skinner, L.C., Fallon, S.J
., Waelbroeck, C., Michel, E., Barker, S., (2010) Ventilation of the deep Southern Ocean and deglacial CO2 rise. Science, Vol. 328, 28 MAY 2010, p1147-1151.

O’Connor, S., Ulm, S., Fallon, S.J
., Barham, A., Loch, I., (accepted 19 Mar. 2010) Pre-bomb Marine Reservoir Variability in the Kimberley Region, Western Australia, Radiocarbon

Cheetham, M.D., Keene, A.F., Erskine, W.D., Bush, R.T., Fitzsimmons, K., Jacobsen, G., Fallon, S.J., (accepted 29 Jan. 2010) Correlation and Continuity: Accurate Dating of Holocene River Terraces using Radiocarbon and Luminescence. Journal of Quaternary Science.

Wallis, L.A., Keys, B., Moffat, I., Fallon, S
., (2009) Gledswood Shelter 1: Initial Radiocarbon Dates from a Pleistocene Aged Rockshelter Site in Northwest Queensland. Australian Archaeology, 69, pp. 71-74.

Roark, E.B. and Guilderson, T.P. and Dunbar, R.B. and Fallon, S. J
. and Mucciarone, D.A. (2009) Extreme longevity in proteinaceous deep-sea corals, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, 13, 5204-5208.

Sherwood, O.A., Thresher, R.E., Fallon, S.J
., Davies, D.M., Trull, T.W., (2009) Multi-century time-series of 15N and 14C in bamboo corals from deep Tasmanian seamounts: Evidence for stable oceanographic conditions, Marine Ecology Progress Series Vol. 397:209-218.

Thresher, R.E., MacRae, C., Wilson, N.C., Fallon, S.J.
, (2009) Feasibility of age determination of deep-water bamboo corals (Gorgonacea; Isididae) from annual cycles in skeletal composition, Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, Volume 56, Issue 3, Pages 442-449, ISSN 0967-0637, DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2008.10.003.

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