Jodie Pall



Geocoastal Research Group

The University of Sydney


Jodie Pall is undertaking Honours research in 2017 with the Geocoastal Research Group. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Advanced)/ Bachelor of Arts in 2016 at the University of Sydney, majoring in Geology & Geophysics and Economics. She has previously worked in the EarthByte Group within the School of Geosciences as a research assistant, co-working on a modelling and visualisation project about the deep carbon cycle. She is also a SRC Environment Officer and active member of the Environment Collective at the university and is deeply committed to working toward climate justice outcomes, which includes protection of the Great Barrier Reef.

Her project involves computer modelling the development and evolution of One Tree Reef since the Last Interglacial (~130 ka) using the numerical modelling code, pyReef. Under the supervision of Jody Webster and Tristan Salles, she will be modelling the biological and abiological processes as well as environmental controls on reef growth in an attempt to understand how palaeoenvironmental changes affect reef development and resilience. In doing so, she hopes to understand how climate change (including sea level rise, changing ocean chemistry and intensified storms) will impact the reef in the future.

In addition, she will be visiting OTR for field work in April and is taking part in the RV SONNE cruise from Auckland to Darwin in April – May 2017. The Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) chose her as an Honours Research Fellow in 2017, and she will be working closely with academics in the Ocean Environments Research Network to communicate her research more broadly and translate it into egalitarian outcomes for humans and non-humans alike.


In 2016, she co-worked on a project funded by the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) investigating and modelling Earth’s carbon cycle over million-year timescales as far back as the Devonian period (~400 Ma). The project involved creating a evolving model of carbonate platform development through time, a model of oceanic upper-crustal CO2 content and creating tools to analyse the spatio-temporal variability of subduction zones in deep time. More information can be found at the DCO Project page on