A/PROF Stephen Gallagher

A/PROF Stephen Gallagher




  • My research interests focus on Carboniferous to Recent microfossils, sedimentology & stratigraphy. Especially in the application of stratigraphy and micropalaeontology to interpret bathymetry annd palaeoceanography. My PhD research detailed the palaeoecology of Carboniferous foraminifera and sedimentary cyclicity in Ireland. My research has contributed to the interpretation of Cretaceous to Cenozoic shelf evolution in Australia. My work with Holdgate also enhanced the brown coal stratigraphy in Victoria,. In recent years I have become interested in the 80 myr climate & oceanography record of Australia's margin as an analogue for future climate change. My recent work has focussed on climate variability in a greenhouse world and the descent into the Cenozoic Icehouse world. I have published 64 publications. I have supervised 28 Hons, 11 PhD & 3 MSc completions since 1996. I have been Chair and treasurer of the Geological Society Victoria Division. My national and international science committee roles have includes: SSEP committee member and ANZIC SciComm Chair. I have organised four prestigious Selwyn symposia for the Geological Society of Australia, Victoria Division. In the last few years I have been invited to give research seminars and short courses to CSIRO and the PESA.   


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Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Dublin
  • BSc (Hons), The University of Dublin

Awards and honors

  • Austin B. Edwards Medal (Holdgate, Wallace, Gallagher et al. Best economic geology paper in Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 2006), Geological Society of Australia, 2006
  • David White Award for excellence in teaching, University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Faculty of Science award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Melbourne, 2003


Available for supervision

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