Reeves, Jessica (Dr) - Research

Recent research projects

  • Highlighting the value of local Landcare groups to community led recovery Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Program 2021-2022 (University of Melbourne) - $69,579
  • Defining the economic and social benefits of regenerative farming systems. Soils CRC (Charles Sturt University) - $258,000
  • Mapping the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Smart Specialisation Strategy to the Sustainable Development Goals – $64,400
  • Living Bung Yarnda; CoastCare - $26,000
  • Assessing community values around the vision for the Latrobe Valley pit voids; AGL - $103,000
  • Developing a framework for cumulative regional assessment; CRC-TiME (WASBI) - $150,000
  • Influencing the influencers: Climate change adaptation and sustainability education for Gippsland business and community – Regional Climate Change Adaptation Plan – DELWP - $14,000. Partner: Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Growing Gippsland – Regional Climate Change Adaptation Plan – DELWP (AgVic)- $58,000.
  • Southern Gippsland Land Capacity and Capability Project - LVCCI – DELWP - $258,000
  • Contaminant mobility in the Gippsland Lakes; Gippsland Lakes Co-ordinating Committee - $110,000
  • Historical contaminants of the Gippsland Lakes; DELWP - $30,000

Consulting and other activities

  • Brady, K., Reeves, J., Wright, W., Foliente, G., Gibbs, L. The Overwhelm of black and the joy of green: Experiences of members of Landcare and other environmentally focussed community groups after the 2019-2020 bushfires. Final Report to Landcare by the University of Melbourne and Federation University.
  • Reeves, J, Morgan, D., Reimers, V., Baumgartl, T, Green, M. (2021). Final Mine Void Form, and Future Land and Water Uses: Researching the Community Perspective. Report for AGL Loy Yang
  • Reeves, J. and Bonney, P. (2021).  Growing Gippsland: Adapting agricultural practice to a changing Gippsland climate. Agriculture Victoria.
  • Reeves, J. and Russell, B. (2020). Using influencers: Gippsland Community Leadership Program – sustainability and climate change education and knowledge. Report for the DELWP Climate Change Adaptation Program
  • Bonica, A. and Reeves, J. (2018). Acid-sulfate materials of the Lower Latrobe Wetlands. Report for the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
  • Reeves, J.M, Rahman, A., Roberts, K. and Trewarn, A.J., (2018). Managing for metal mobility and bioavailability in the Gippsland Lakes (II) Report for the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee.



  1. Grover, S., Platell, G., Barbour,M., Haeffner, M., Hames, F., Reeves, J., Stringer, L., Webster,  N. (2019) Women in White Space: Insights for Transdisciplinary Practice Perspectives, Rachel Carson Center.
  2. 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.
  3. Reeves, J.M (Ed.), 2010. Biodiversity research - Safeguarding the Future. Biology International special publication No. 48, 92 pp. ISSN 02532069.

Book chapters

  1. Reeves, J.M. Hames, F., Graymore, M. & McLeod, A (2020).Watery Places: stories of environmental and community renewal. In: Campbell, Duffy, Edmonson (Eds) Located research: regional places, transitions and challenges Palgrave pp. 281-302.
  2. 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. Hames, F., Haeffner, M. Barbour, M.M., Grover, S., Reeves, J., Platell, G. and Webster, N. (submitted) Women in whitespace: connecting with Antarctica and practicing multidisciplinarity. People and Nature
  2. Haeffner, M., Hames, F., Barbour, M.M., Reeves, J., Grover, S., Platell, G., (2022). Wicked problems need transdisciplinary solutions: 1 a case study of collaborative autoethnography transforming research practice. One Earth 5(2): 157-167
  3. Kattel G, Reeves J, Western A, et al. Healthy waterways and ecologically sustainable cities in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei urban agglomeration (northern China): Challenges and future directions. WIREs Water. 2020; e1500.
  4. Willems, D., Reeves, J.M., Williams, P., Trestrail, C., Nugegoda, D. (2019). Trace metal analysis in the east Gippsland Lakes estuary using the barnacle Amphibalanus variegatus and mussel Mytilus edulis. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 27(3): 3361-3383
  5. 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 13(11): 1661-1684
  6. 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 40: 82-91
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Buckeridge, J. St J. S. and Reeves, J.M., 2009. Some insights into how barnacles survive as sessile organisms. Integrative Zoology 4: 395-401.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.

Professional memberships and associations

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Institute of Australian Geographers
  • EU Jean Monnet Network on Social and Scientific Innovation to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Veski sidebyside inspiring women in STEM program (2020)
  • Homeward Bound Women in Science Leadership Program (Alumnus, inaugural program, 2016)

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