Staff profile

Dr Gresley Wakelin-King

Research Associate

College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Life Sciences

Physical Sciences 4, Room 268, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BSc(Hons) (UQ), PhD (La Trobe)

Area of study

Environmental Science

Brief profile

In 1985 I joined the Northern Territory Geological Survey (Alice Springs) in the regional mapping division. Since my Honours topic was Cainozoic geology, naturally my first NTGS project was in the heavily metamorphosed and structured Proterozoic Arunta Block. Later I was involved in mapping the sedimentary rocks of the Amadeus Basin, along with the Cainozoic sediments, duricrusts, playa lakes, and landforms of the Kulgera 1:250,000 map sheet.

In 1990 I left the public service, and spent four years as a geological contractor. I also did some occasional work for ABC Radio (Regional and National) and chaired a consultative committee on water use. I have had contract work in the mining and exploration industries, done interpretative geology (teaching landscape interpretation to tour guides, writing or providing information for park signs and pamphlets, and appearing in a Japanese TV documentary), and been the staff geologist for an Aboriginal Land Council.

In 1994 my family and I came to Melbourne. My doctoral research, undertaken on a part-time basis, was completed in 2005. My field area was Fowlers Creek in western New South Wales, and I used geomorphology, sedimentology, and Optically-Stimulated Luminescence dating to gain a greater understanding of arid-zone fluvial processes. Since 1998 I have also been one of the directors of, and consultants for, the geoscientific consultancy Wakelin Associates. My services to clients have included OSL interpretation, advice on arid-zone geomorphology, identification of significant geomorphology along the Murray River, and presentations to the petroleum exploration industry on arid-fluvial mudrock.

Outside work, my interests include my family, martial arts, Asian philosophy and medical theory, aromatherapy, linguistics, gardening, and food.

Research interests:

  • Australian arid-zone rivers
  • Geomorphology in rangeland management
  • Geomorphology as a tool for seismic hazard assessment
  • Mud-aggregate sediments and their relationship to massive mudstones in hydrocarbon provinces
  • Australian Neogene palaeoclimates

Recent publications

Refereed Papers Wakelin-King, G.A., and Webb, J.A., in press. Upper-flow-regime mud floodplains, lower-flow-regime sand channels: sediment transport and deposition in a drylands mud-aggregate river. Journal of Sedimentary Research.

Wakelin-King, G.A., and Webb, J.A., 2007. Threshold-dominated fluvial styles in an arid-zone mud-aggregate river: the uplands of Fowlers Creek, Australia. Geomorphology 85: 114-127.

Conference Proceedings Wakelin-King, G.A. 2006. Floodout Formation In Western New South Wales. The Cutting Edge, Renmark, September 2006; The Australian Rangeland Society.

Wakelin-King, G.A. 2006. Fluvial Geomorphology Suggests Recent Tectonic Activity Near the Northern Barrier Range, Western New South Wales. Australian Earth Sciences Convention, Melbourne, July 2006; Geological Society of Australia.

Wakelin-King, G.A. 2004. Fowlers Creek: One River, Five Fluvial Styles. Australia New Zealand Geomorphology Group Conference, Mount Buffalo, Vic., February 2004; ANZGG.

Wakelin-King, G.A. 2004. OSL Dating Of Fowlers Creek Silt: A Correction. Australia New Zealand Geomorphology Group Conference, Mount Buffalo, Vic., February 2004; ANZGG.