Special Projects – Coral reefs


Professor Jody Webster (University of Sydney)

Bachelor of Science (University of Sydney)
Bachelor of Science in Geosciences (Hons)
PhD Geosciences

Jody is an expert in carbonate sedimentology and stratigraphy and interpretation of marine geology and geophysical data and the Co-coordinator Geocoastal Research Group, School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney.

Jody graduated from the University of Sydney with a PhD in 2000 and spent several years in the US carrying out his postdoctoral research on fossil coral reefs and carbonate platforms. His research has focused on understanding coral-reef and carbonate platform evolution and their implications for addressing fundamental problems in climate change and tectonics.

Jody was Co-chief scientist on International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 325 Great Barrier Reef Environmental Changes and will also lead the upcoming IODP Expedition 389 (Hawaiian Drowned Reefs).

Jody’s interests also involve linking observational and numerical modelling data to accurately show how reef and carbonate platform evolution in the Indo-Pacific are controlled by changes in sea level, subsidence and growth rates.

Within the new ARC ITTC DARE project, Jody will coordinate and contribute to several PhD projects using innovative new data science approaches to understanding how coral reef systems respond to past (and future) climate changes.

Jody Webster