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Dr Milo Barham

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Research Fellow
Office of the Provost
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Bentley Campus
+61 8 9266 3005

Brief Summary

Milo came to Curtin at the start of the 2012 academic year to take up an Associate Lecturer position in Sedimentology. Prior to this, he was a lecturer and researcher in Earth and Ocean Sciences at the National University of Ireland, Galway from 2010 to 2012. Milo completed both his first class honours Bachelor’s degree (2006) and PhD (2010), entitled “Controls on Upper Viséan (Carboniferous) depositional environments in Ireland, at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

His research spans aspects of Sedimentology, Palaeontology and Geochemistry and has been covered in National Geographic, New Scientist, iflScience, Sky News, as well as several other popular news media outlets.

Milo significantly values his teaching opportunities and has been involved with student instruction in the classroom and field across a range of undergraduates and postgraduate Earth and Marine Science classes over the last ten years.

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Memberships, Awards and Training

  • Award of Excellence “Top 10” Oral Presentation, 2015 American Association of Petroleum Geologists, International Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2015 Curtin Life Unit Coordinator Award for showing superior support for the UniPASS program and outstanding collegiality and communication with Peer Learning Facilitators.
  • 2014 Curtin Faculty of Science and Engineering Early Career Citation for Teaching and Learning.
  • 2013 Guild Excellence in Teaching Award for Undergraduate Science and Engineering, Curtin University.
  • Co-author of best poster award at the Western Australian Basins Symposium 2013 – Vertebrate biostratigraphy from the Devonian and Carboniferous in the Canning Basin, Western Australia.
  • William King Medal (2011) for outstanding undergraduate performance and exceptional contribution to the discipline of Earth and Ocean Sciences, NUI, Galway.
  • Awarded best speaker prize at the 2010 Irish Geological Research Meeting, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Graduated top of Geology class and presented University Scholar awards in 2005 and 2006 for grade excellence and a Palaeontological Association prize in 2005 for highest ranked student in palaeontology units. 

Corresponding member of the International Commission on Stratigraphy Sub-commission for Carboniferous Stratigraphy (SCCS) and sit on the Geological Society of Australia Western Australia committee and the sub-commission of Western Australia stratigraphy.

Fellow of the Geological Society of London and member of the International Association of Sedimentologists, Geological Society of America, Geological Society of Australia, Palaeontological Association, International Palaeontological Association, Pander Society, British Sedimentological Research Group, Australasian Universities Geoscience Educators Network, The Institute of Geoscience Research, Palaeontology Ancient Climates and Ecosystems (PACE research group) as well as GEOS (Curtin student geological society). 

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Employment History

2013-present   Lecturer (teaching & research) Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Applied Geology, Curtin University.

2012-2013       Associate Lecturer (teaching & research) in Sedimentology, Applied Geology, Curtin University.

2010-2012       Contract lecturer in Earth and Ocean Science, National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway.

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Milo's teaching philosophy revolves around inspiring, engaging and activating student understanding and critical thinking by tailoring pertinent teaching materials for diverse student-learning and establishing stimulating learning environments through the use of creative teaching practices, blended material delivery, dynamic classroom interactions, and active and caring student relations. I am dedicated to good academic, and teaching and learning (T&L) practice and regularly attend workshops and discussion groups, having completed a Foundations of Learning and Teaching course at Curtin in 2012. I also; (i) am significantly engaged with the departmental and faculty T&L committee and peer-review of teaching, (ii) engage with student-staff liaison meetings, (iii) have organised the Applied Geology mentor program for student support, (iv) engage with the University Peer Assisted Study Support program (UniPASS), and (v) am an investigative officer for academic misconduct.

I currently coordinate large 1st- and 2nd-year units (Fundamentals of Geology 2, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy), jointly lead a 3rd-year fieldtrip unit (Field Mapping of Sedimentary Basins) and teach into a number of other first year units. From 2005-2011 I was heavily involved as a teaching assistant in practical and field exercises across the full spectrum of Earth and Marine undergraduate and postgraduate sciences and since 2010 have been involved in student supervision (two PhD students and seven Honours) and the design and delivery of units across a range of disciplines.

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Research Interests

Focus on elucidating depositional settings, integrating stratigraphic methods to temporally and geographically contextualise reconstructions, and interpreting data in terms of sedimentary system dynamics, basin evolution, and couplings to larger-scale Earth climate and evolutionary trends. Primary fields of expertise relate to sedimentology (clastics-carbonates, modern-ancient), palaeontology (as environmental indicators, as well as microfossil biostratigraphy), detrital mineral provenance and geochronology, and O-isotope geochemistry (performed on biogenic apatite of marine and terrestrial chordates) for chemo-stratigraphy and to quantify palaeo-environmental conditions. 

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Specialty Areas

Palaeozoic conodont and microvertebrate biostratigraphy, O-isotope geochemistry and biofacies – for palaeo-environmental, -climatic and -geographic reconstructions, regional and global stratigraphic correlation, petroleum play analysis and the definition of international chronostratigraphic units.

Investigation of controls on O-isotopes in vertebrate mineralized tissues – development of a novel palaeoenvironmental proxy for the Cenozoic and potential paradigm shift regarding the interpretation of any oxygen-isotope signatures for palaeoclimate data.

Depositional and structural evolution of Australia’s southern margin as addressed through facies analysis, stratigraphic correlation and detrital mineral provenance – implications for frontier petroleum exploration industry as well as understanding of the final phases of Gondwana breakup.

Cenozoic sea-level, the mapping of palaeoshorelines and establishing models of evolving shoreline dynamics and constrained ice-sheet responses for past climate conditions – relevant for improved targeting of heavy mineral resources and predicting future coastal response in a warming climate.

Cenozoic deformation of the Australian crust (dynamic topography and neotectonic faulting) assessed through mapping and dating of defined sedimentological benchmarks – improved understanding of crustal deformation, palaeo sea-levels as well as societal and industrial geohazards.

Full spectrum mineral cargo analyses (authigenic and detrital – labile and refractory) for absolute dating, age constraints and refined provenance – improved models of petroleum systems and reservoir modeling, targeting of heavy mineral sand prospects and reconstruction of palaeogeography.

Mapping and dating of extreme marine inundation events and perched megaclast ridges – assessing the impact of extreme waves on coastal sections (principally Ireland and WA) for hazard mitigation and improved understanding of sediment transport dynamics and oceanography-climate coupling.

Sedimentological and geochemical investigation of cave sites in the Southern Caucasus – situated at a geographic crossroads between Asia, Europe and Africa and recording successive migrations of hominin species, this work has profound implications for hominin evolution and dispersion.

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