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Biographical entry Chappell, John Michael Arthur (1940 - 2018)

24 April 1940
Auckland, New Zealand
3 October 2018


John Chappell was Professor of Geomorphology and Quaternary Research at the Australian National University from 2000 to 2005. In his research he made significant advances toward understanding late Quaternary sea level changes and established links between sea level, global ice volume, and past climates. Chappell also worked on the late Quaternary history of coasts, reefs, and estuarine lowlands, and developed predictive models of the effects of future sea-level changes on these important environments. He made major contributions to measuring erosion, soil production and landscape evolution; and the prehistoric interactions between climate, the biota and humans.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Auckland, New Zealand
1964 - 1965
Career position - Geologist with the New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (NZDSIR) (six months)
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Auckland
Life event - Settled in Australia
1967 - 1973
Career position - Lecturer in the Geography Department of the Australian National University in Canberra
1970 - 1971
Career position - Assistant Professor of Geography at McGill University in Montreal, Canada
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the Australian National University
1974 - 1976
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Geography at the Australian National University
1977 - 1979
Career position - Reader in Geology at the Australian National University
1979 - 1989
Career position - Professorial Fellow in the Department of Biogeography and Geomorphology at the Research School of Pacific Studies (RSPacS), Australian National University
1990 - 2000
Career position - Head of the Department of Biogeography and Geomorphology, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University
1992 - 2018
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in earth sciences
2001 - 2005
Career position - Professor at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University.
Life event - Retired
2005 - 2018
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Australian National University

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  • Who's who in Australia 2012 (Melbourne: Crown Content Pty Ltd, 2012), 2430 pp. Details

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