Reeves, Jessica (Dr) - Research

Current research project/students

  • Contaminant mobility in the Gippsland Lakes; Gippsland Lakes Co-ordinating Committee - $110,000
  • Historical contaminants of the Gippsland Lakes; DELWP - $30,000
  • Salinity history of the Gippsland Lakes – AINSE grant ANSTO10019, $10,900
  • Palaeoecology of Lake Mungo – AINSE grant ALNGRA15512, $11,960
  • Lake Keilambete and Western Victorian Lakes; Long-term climate variability - AINSE grant ALNGRA13008, $17,000
  • Lower Barwon Wetlands - Reedy Lake Contaminants: Adam Trewarn (Honours) - AINSE grant ALNGRA14037, $8000

Consulting and other activities

  • Reeves, J.M. and Trewarn, A.J. (2017). Assessment of heavy metals and other contaminants of the Gippsland Lakes. Report for DELWP
  • Reeves, J.M. and Schultz, N. (2016). Nicholson Dam Project. Report for East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
  • Sullivan, L.A., Reeves, J.M and Trewarn, A. (2016). Investigation into the acid generation potential of soils at Coogoorah Park, Anglesea. Report for DELWP
  • Reeves, J.M., Graymore, M and Lloyd, L. (2016). Gippsland Lakes Research Education and Discovery Centre – Business Case and Plan. Report for Gippsland Lakes Co-ordinating Committee
  • Lloyd, L., Graymore, M., Reeves, J.M. and Trewarn, A. (2015). Gippsland Lakes Research, Education and Discovery Centre: Feasibility Study. Report for the Gippsland Lakes Ministerial Advisory Committee.



  1. Reeves, J.M. and Buckeridge, J.S., 2012. The Urban Sanctuary: Algae and Marine Invertebrates of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary. 128 pp. ISBN 978-0-9804483-5-1.
  2. Reeves, J.M (Ed.), 2010. Biodiversity research - Safeguarding the Future. Biology International special publication No. 48, 92 pp. ISSN 02532069.
  3. Reeves, J.M. (2016) Ostracods as recorders of palaeoenvironmental change in estuaries. In: Weckström, Saunders, Gell, Skilbeck (Eds). Application of paleoenvironmental techniques in estuarine studies. DPER Volume 18.

Refereed journal articles

  1. Ackerley, D., Reeves, J.M. et al., (in press). Evaluation of PMIP2 and PMIP3 simulations of mid-Holocene climate in the Indo-Pacific, Australasian and Southern Ocean regions. Climate of the Past
  2. Smith, R., Tyler, J.J., Reeves, J.M., Blockley, S., Jacobsen, G.E. (2016). First Holocene Cryptotephras in mainland Australia reported from sediments at Lake Keilambete, Victoria, Australia. Quaternary Geochronology.
  3. Rouillard, A., Skrzypek, G., Turney, C., Dogramaci, S., Hua, Q., Zawadaski, A., Reeves, J., Greenwood, P., Grierson, P. (2016). Evidence for extreme floods in arid subtropical northwest Australia during the Little Ice Age Chronozone Quaternary Science Reviews 144: 107-122.
  4. Williams, A.N., Veth, P., Steffen, W., Ulm, S., Turney, C., Reeves, J.M. Phipps, S.J., Smith, M., (2015). Settlement patterns and Australian climate variability over the last 35,000 years. Quaternary Science Reviews 123: 91-112.
  5. Reeves, J.M., Gell, P.A., Reichman, S., Trewarn, A., Zawadaski, A., (2015). Industrial past, urban future: Using palaeo-studies to determine the industrial legacy of the Barwon Estuary, Victoria, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research.
  6. Reeves, J.M., Haynes, D., Garcia, A., Gell, P.A., (2014). Hydrological change in The Coorong estuary, Australia, past and present: evidence from fossil invertebrate and algal assemblages. Estuaries and Coasts. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-014-9920-4
  7. Reeves, J.M., Barrows, T.T., Cohen, T.J., Kiem, A.S., Bostock, H.C., Fitzsimmons, K., Jansen, J.D., Kemp, J., Krause, C., Petherick, L., Phipps, S. and OZ-INTIMATE members, 2013. Climate variability over the last 35,000 years recorded in marine and terrestrial archives in the Australian region: an OZ-INTIMATE compilation. Quaternary Science Reviews 74: 21-34.
  8. Petherick, L., Bostock, H.C., Cohen, T.J., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Fletcher, M.S., Tibby, J., Reeves, J., Moss, P., Barrows, T.T., Mooney, S.D., Kemp, J., Jansen, J.D., Nanson, G.C., Dosseto, A., 2013. Climatic records over the past 30 ka from temperate Australia - a synthesis from the OZ-INTIMATE workgroup. Quaternary Science Reviews 74: 58-77.
  9. Reeves, J.M., Bostock, H., Ayliffe, L.K., Barrows, T.T., De Deckker, P., Devriendt, L.S., Dunbar, G.B., Drysdale, R.N., Fitzsimmons, K., Gagan, M., Griffiths, M.L., Haberle, S.G., Jansen, J.D., Krause, C., Lewis, S. McGregor, H.V., Mooney, S.D., Moss, P., Nanson, G.C., Purcell, A., van der Kaars, S., 2013. Palaeoenvironmental change in tropical Australia over the last 30,000. A synthesis from the OZ-INTIMATE working group. Quaternary Science Reviews 74: 97-114.
  10. Buckeridge, J. St J. S. and Reeves, J.M., 2009. Some insights into how barnacles survive as sessile organisms. Integrative Zoology 4: 395-401.
  11. Reeves, J.M., Chivas, A.R, Garcia, A., Holt, S., Couapel, M.J.J., Jones, B.G., Cendon, D.I. and Fink, D., 2008. The sedimentary record of palaeoenvironments and sea-level change in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia, through the last glacial cycle. Quaternary International 183: 3-22.
  12. Reeves, J.M., Chivas, A.R., Garcia, A. and De Deckker, P., 2007. Palaeoenvironmental change in the Golf of Carpentaria (Australia) since the last interglacial based on Ostracoda. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 246: 163-187
  13. Reeves, J.M., De Deckker, P. and Halse, S., 2007. Groundwater ostracods from the arid Pilbara, northwestern Australia: distribution and water chemistry Hydrobiologia 585: 99-118
  14. Chivas, A.R., Garcia, A., van der Kaars, S., Couapel, M.J.J., Holt, S., Reeves, J.M., Wheeler, D.J., Switzer, A.D., Murray-Wallace, C.M., Banerjee, D., Price, D.M., Wang, S.X., Pearson, G., Edgar, N.T., Beaufort, L., De Deckker, P., Lawson, E., Cecil, C.B., (2001). Sea level and environmental changes since the Last Interglacial in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia: An overview. Quaternary International 83-85: 19-46.

Refereed conference proceedings

  1. Grundell, R., Reeves, J.M., Gell, P.A., 2012. Industrial Past, Urban Future: the Barwon Estuary, Victoria, Australia. International Paleolimnology Symposium. Glasgow, 21-24 August, 2012. Abstracts Volume, p. 155.
  2. Reeves, J.M., Cohen, T.J. and OZ-INTIMATE members, 2012. Toward a climate event stratigraphy for the Australian region, 0-35 ka. In: Magyari, E.K., Buczko, K., Szurdoki, E., Ujvari, G. (Eds.), CELL-50K workshop, Hungarian National History Museum Budapest, 12-15 November 2012. Abstracts Volume. ISBN 978-963-9877-15-3, p. 35.
  3. Reeves, J.M., 2012. OZ-INTIMATE: Toward a climate event stratigraphy for the Australian region, 0-35 ka. XVIII INQUA Congress, 21st-27th Joly, 2011, Bern, Switzerland Quaternary International 279-280: 395-396.
  4. Buckeridge, John St J. S. and Reeves, J., 2008. Solving the problem of predation: further insights as to how barnacles survive as sessile organisms. Proceedings of the XX International Congress of Zoology, 26-29th August, 2008, Paris France, p. 79.
  5. Reeves, J.M., 2007. Pilbara stygofauna - a freshwater heritage in an arid environment: a lesson for the Late Quaternary. International Quaternary Association meeting, Cairns, 28 Joly - 3 August, 2007. Quaternary International, 167-168: 339.
  6. Reeves, J.M., Chivas, A.R., Garcia, A., De Deckker, P., 2007. International Quaternary Association meeting, Cairns, 28 Joly - 3 August, 2007. Quaternary International, 167-168: 339.
  7. Reeves, J.M., 2005. The relationship between ostracod species diversity and water chemistry in the subsurface of the Pilbara region, Western Australia. In J. Gibert (Ed.), World Subterranean Biodiversity, Proceedings of an International Symposium held 8-10th December 2004 in Villeurbanne, France. PASCALIS European Research Programme, p. 137.

Professional memberships and associations

  • Australasian Quaternary Association (Past President; 2012-2014)
  • Australian Archaeological Association (Member)
  • American Geophysical Association (Member)
  • Geological Society of Australia (Member)
  • International Research Group on Ostracods (Member)
  • International Quaternary Association (Australian Delegate)

Research interests

  • Human impact on the environment
  • Aquatic invertebrates (ostracods, foraminifers)
  • The Quaternary in Australia
  • Carbonate geochemistry
  • Palaeoclimate

Internal/external web links

Additional information

  • Federation University Research Committee (Member 2017-)
  • Dynamic Landscapes Research Priority Area (Steering Committee Member 2016-)
  • Faculty of Science Research Committee (Member 2016-)
  • Impact Ecology Research Theme, Faculty of Science and Technology (Co-Chair 2016-
  • AINSE (Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering) Archaeology and Geosciences Specialist Panel
  • Australian Academy of Science, National Committee for Earth Sciences, EMCR Member
  • Homeward Bound, Leadership Program for Women in Science, Inaugural Voyage (2016)