University of New South Wales

The main research focus of Dr Palmer is dendroclimatology (the use of tree-rings for past climate reconstruction). He has developed over 150 sites gathered from a diverse range of locations from Pakistan to the New Zealands subantarctic Campbell Island. The tree-ring data has all been lodged on the public database administered by NOAA (www.) of which he has been an advisory committee member since 2005. Recent developments have been a 500-year drought atlas for eastern Australia and New Zealand as well as the reconstruction of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) for the last 1200 years. Another major research focus has been the development of subfossil tree-ring chronologies that have helped improve the accuracy and precision of the radiocarbon calibration curve. His contribution has been recognised by being elected as a member of the IntCal Radiocarbon Calibration Working Group in 2017.


Dr Jonathan Palmer, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES)