Dr John A

Dr John A Webb

Associate Professor, Environmental Geoscience

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Life Sciences

Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution

Biol Sciences Building1, room 103a, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BSc (Hons), PhD UQ.



Membership of professional associations

International Association of Hydrogeologists, Geological Society of Australia

Area of study

Environmental Science

Brief profile

The bulk of my research and teaching is on groundwater, both in terms of resources and chemistry, with current research projects on the influence of climate and land-use change on groundwater funded through the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. Other research projects focus on improving treatment procedures for acid mine drainage and understanding the formation of acid sulphate soils.   My geomorphological interests centre on karst (I have caved extensively in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand), as well as tectonic geomorphology and the interaction between landscape evolution and human settlement. I have worked on the geomorphology of archaeological sites in Australia, China, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia. I have published over 130 papers on these topics, as well as supervising 33 PhD students, 4 MSc students and 102 Honours students. I have acted as a consultant on groundwater, contaminated site management and geomorphology of archaeological sites, including as an expert witness.

Research interests

Environmental Chemistry

- Acid mine drainage

Environmental geoscience

- Geomorphology and landscape evolution

- Hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry

Teaching units

ENV2/3EGW - Groundwater - contamination and sustainability

ENV2/3EGL - Landscape and climate change

ENV2REM - Remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems


Environmental hydrochemistry, hydrogeology, geomorphology

Recent publications


  • Yihdego, Y., Webb, J.A. and Leahy, P., 2016. Response to Parker (2015) - Rebuttal: ''Modelling of lake level under climate change conditions: Lake Purrumbete in southeastern Australia'' by Yihdego et al. (2015). Environmental Earth Sciences, 75, 1-4.

  • Yihdego, Y. and Webb, J.A., 2016. Validation of a model with climatic and flow scenario analysis: Case of Lake Burrumbeet in Southeastern Australia. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 188, article 308, 1-14

  • Dean, J.F., Camporese, M., Webb, J.A., Grover, S.P.P., Dresel, P.E., and Daly, E., 2016. Water balance complexities in ephemeral catchments with different land uses: insights from monitoring and distributed hydrologic modeling. Water Resources Research DOI: 10.1002/2016WR018663

  • Robson, T.C. and Webb, J.A., 2016. The use of environmental tracers to determine focused recharge from a saline disposal basin and irrigation channels in a semiarid environment in Southeastern Australia. Journal of Hydrology, 538, 326–338.

  • Yihdego, Y., Webb, J.A. and Leahy, P., 2016. Modelling water and salt balances in a deep, groundwater-throughflow lake—Lake Purrumbete, southeastern Australia. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 61, 186-199.

  • Yihdego, Y. and Webb, J.A., 2015. Use of a conceptual hydrogeological model and a time variant water budget analysis to determine controls on salinity in Lake Burrumbeet in southeast Australia. Environmental Earth Sciences, 73, 1587-1600.

  • Yihdego, Y., Webb, J.A. and Leahy, P., 2015. Modelling of lake level under climate change conditions: Lake Purrumbete in southeastern Australia. Environmental Earth Sciences 73, 3855-3872.

  • Raiber, M., Webb, J.A., Cendón, D.I., White, P.A., Cox, M.E. and Jacobsen, G.E. 2015. Environmental tracers meet 3D geological modelling: Conceptualising recharge and structurally-controlled aquifer connectivity in the basalt plains of south-western Victoria, Australia. Journal of Hydrology, 527, 262-280.

  • Dean, J.F., Webb, J.A., Jacobsen, G., Chisari, R. and Dresel, P.E., 2015. A groundwater recharge perspective on locating tree plantations within low-rainfall catchments to limit water resource losses. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 19, 1107-1123.

  • Adelana, M., Dresel, E., Hekmeijer, P., Zydor, H., Webb, J.A, Reynolds, M. and Ryan, M., 2015. A comparison of streamflow, salt and water balances in adjacent farmland and forest catchments in south-western Victoria, Australia. Hydrological Processes 29, 1630-1643.

  • Dean, J.F., Webb, J.A., Jacobsen, G., Chisari, R., and Dresel, P.E., 2014. Biomass uptake and fire as controls on groundwater solute evolution on a Southeast Australian granite: aboriginal land management hypothesis. Biogeosciences, 11, 4099–4114.

  • Camporese, M., Daly, E., Dresel, P.E., Webb, J.A., 2014. Simplified modeling of catchment-scale evapotranspiration via boundary condition switching. Advances in Water Resources, 69, 95-105.

  • Gill, B.C., Webb, J.A., Wilkinson, R. and Cherry, D., 2014. Irrigator response to groundwater resource management plans in Victoria, Australia. Journal of Hydrology 518, 83–93.

  • Yihdego, Y., Webb, J.A., 2013. An empirical water budget model as a tool to identify the impact of land-use change on stream flow in southeastern Australia.  Water Resources Management, 27, 4941-4958.

  • Yihdego, Y. and Webb, J. A., 2011. Modeling of bore hydrographs to determine the impact of climate and land use change in a temperate subhumid region of southeastern Australia. Hydrogeology Journal, 19, 877-887.  

  • Raiber, M., Webb, J.A. and Bennetts, D., 2009. Strontium isotopes as tracers to delineate aquifer interactions and groundwater salinisation in the basalt plains of southeastern Australia. Journal of Hydrology, 367, 188-199.

  • Edwards, M.D. and Webb, J.A., 2009. The importance of unsaturated zone biogeochemical processes in determining groundwater composition, southeastern Australia. Hydrogeology Journal, 17, 1359-1374

  • Bennetts, D.A., Webb, J.A., McCaskill, M. and Zollinger, R., 2007. Dryland salinity processes within the discharge zone of a local groundwater system, Southeastern Australia. Hydrogeology Journal, 15, 1197-1210.

  • Tweed, S.O., Leblanc, M., Webb, J.A. and Lubczynski, M.W., 2006. Remote sensing and GIS for mapping groundwater recharge and discharge areas in salinity prone catchments, southeast Australia. Hydrogeology Journal 15, 75-96.

  • Bennetts, D.A., Webb, J.A., Stone, D.J.M. and Hill, D.M., 2006. Understanding the salinisation process for groundwater in an area of south-eastern Australia, using hydrochemical and isotopic evidence. Journal of Hydrology, 323, 178-192.

Acid mine drainage and Acid sulphate soils  

  • Kappen, P. and Webb, J.A., 2013. An EXAFS study of arsenic bonding on amorphous aluminium hydroxide. Applied Geochemistry 31, 79–83.

  • Glover, F., Whitworth, K.., Kappen, P., Baldwin, D., Rees, G., Webb, J., Silvester, E., 2011. Acidification and buffering mechanisms in acid sulfate soil (ASS) wetlands of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Environmental Science and Technology, 45, 2591–2597. 

  • Santomartino, S.L. and Webb, J.A., 2007. Estimating the longevity of limestone drains in treating acid mine drainage containing high concentrations of iron. Applied Geochemistry, 22, 2344-2361.

  • McDonald, D. M., Webb, J. A. and Taylor, J. 2006. Chemical stability of acid rock drainage treatment sludge and implications for sludge management. Environmental Science and Technology, 40(6), 1984-1990.

Geomorphology (including karst) and geoarchaeology  

  • Lipar, M, and. Webb, J.A., 2015. The Middle-late Pleistocene Bridgewater Formation on Cape Bridgewater, southwestern Victoria: chronostratigraphy and palaeoclimatic significance. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 127, 81-91.

  • Doelman, T., Webb, J., Williams, A., and May, J., 2015. Paleo-channels and Patches: A geoarchaeological assessment of silcrete sources in the Cumberland Plain, western Sydney, NSW. Geoarchaeology, 30, 495-510.

  • Lipar, M., Webb, J.A., White, S.Q. and Grimes, K.G., 2015. The genesis of solution pipes: evidence from the Middle – Late Pleistocene Bridgewater Formation calcarenite, southeastern Australia. Geomorphology, 246, 90–103.

  • Lipar, M, and. Webb, J.A., 2015. The formation of the pinnacle karst in Pleistocene aeolian calcarenites (Tamala Limestone) in southwestern Australia. Earth Sciences Reviews, 140, 182–202.

  • White, S. and Webb, J., 2015. The influence of tectonics on flank margin cave formation on a passive continental margin: Naracoorte, southeastern Australia.  Geomorphology 229, 58-72

  • Burnett, S., Webb, J.A. and White, S., 2013. Shallow caves and blowholes on the Nullarbor Plain, Australia - flank margin caves on a low gradient limestone platform. Geomorphology, 201, 246-253.

  • Webb, J.A., Gardner, T.W., Kapostasy, D., Bremar, K.A. and Fabel, D., 2011. Mountain building along a passive margin: Late Neogene tectonism in southeastern Victoria, Australia. Geomorphology 125, 253-262.

  • Webb, J.A., Grimes, K.G. and Lewis, I., 2010. Volcanogenic origin of cenotes near Mt Gambier, Southeastern Australia. Geomorphology 119, 23–35.

  • Gardner, T., Webb, J.A., Pezzia, C., Amborn, T., Tunnell, R., Flanagan, S., Kapostasy, D., Merritts, D., Marshall, J., Fabel, D and Cupper, D., 2009. Episodic intraplate deformation of stable continental margins: evidence from Late Neogene and Quaternary marine terraces, Cape Liptrap, southeastern Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 39-53.

  • Raiber, M. and Webb, J.A., 2008. Development of the Streatham Deep Lead System in Western Victoria: Implications for Tertiary tectonism and landscape evolution. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 55, 493-508.

  • Webb, J.A. and James, J.M., 2006. Karst evolution of the Nullarbor Plain, Australia. In Harmon, R.S. and Wicks, C.M. (eds), Karst geomorphology, hydrology and geochemistry - a tribute volume to Derek C. Ford and William B. White. Geological Society of America Special Paper 404, 65-78.

  • Gardner, T.W., Webb, J.A., Davis, A.G., Cassell, E.J., Pezzia, C., Merritts, D.J. and Smith, B., 2006. Late Pleistocene landscape response to climate change: eolian and alluvial fan deposition, southeastern Victoria, Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 25, 1552-1569.

Older publications

  •  Liu, L., Field, J., Weisskopf, A., Webb, J., Jiang, L., Wang, H. and Chen, X., 2010. The exploitation of acorn and rice in Early Holocene Lower Yangzi river, China. Acta Anthropologica Sinica, 29, 12-32.  
  • Kakuwa Y. and Webb, J., 2010. Evolution of Cambrian to Ordovician trace fossils in pelagic deep-sea chert, southeastern Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 57, 615-625.
  • Holmes, W.B.K., Anderson, H. and Webb, J.A., 2010. The Middle Triassic megafossil flora of the Basin Creek Formation, Nymboida Coal Measures, New South Wales, Australia. Part 8. The genera Nilssonia, Taeniopteris, Linguifolium, Gontriglossa and Scoresbya. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 131, 1-26.   
  • Webb, J. and Domanski, D., 2009. Perspective – Fire and Stone. Science, 325, 820-821.
  • Domański, M., Webb, J.A., Glaisher, R., Gurba, J., Libera, J. and Zakościelna, A., 2009. Heat treatment of Polish flints. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36, 1400-1408.
  • Parker, K.E. and Webb, J.A., 2008. Estuarine deposition of a mid Viséan tetrapod-bearing unit, Ducabrook Formation, central Queensland. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 55, 509-530.
  • Webb, J.A. and Domanski, M., 2008. The relationship between lithology, flaking properties and artefact manufacture for Australian silcretes. Archaeometry, 50, 555-575.
  • Webb, J.A. and Spence E., 2008. Glaciomarine Early Permian strata at Bacchus Marsh, Central Victoria – the final phase of Late Palaeozoic glaciation in Southern Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 120, 373-388.
  • Wakelin-King, G.A. and Webb, J.A., 2007. High-energy mud floodplains, low-energy sand channels: sediment transport and deposition in a drylands mud-aggregate river. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 77, 702-712.
  • Domanski, M. and Webb, J.A., 2007. A review of heat treatment research. Lithic Technology, 32, 153-194.
  • Birch, W.D., Mills, S.J., Schwendtner, K., Pring, A., Webb, J.A., Segnit, E.R., Watts, J.A., 2007. Parwanite: a new hydrated Na–Mg–Al-phosphate from a lava cave at Parwan, Victoria, Australia. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 13, 23-30.
  • Webb, J.A., Ford, A. and Gorton, J., 2007. Influences on selection of lithic raw material sources at Huizui, a Neolithic/Early Bronze Age site in northern China. Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, 27, 76-86
  • Kakuwa, Y. and Webb, J., 2007. Trace fossils of a Middle-Late Ordovician pelagic deep ocean bedded chert in southeastern Australia. In Ichnology at the Crossroads: A Multidimensional Approach to the Science of Organism-Substrate Interactions, edited by Bromley, R.G., Buatois, L.A., Mangano, M.G., Genise, J.F. and Melchor, R.N. SEPM Special Publication 88, 267-276.
  • 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
  • Webb, J.A. and Mitchell, M.M., 2006. Stratigraphy and palaeoflora of the Triassic Council Trench Formation, Central Victoria. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 118, 113-127.
  • Nash, D. J., McLaren, S. J. and Webb, J. A., 2004. Petrology, geochemistry and environmental significance of silcrete-calcrete intergrade duricrusts in the central Kalahari, Botswana. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 29, 1559-1586.
  • Ihlenfeld, C., Norman, M.D., Gagan, M.K., Drysdale, R.N., Maas, R. and Webb, J.A., 2003. Climatic significance of seasonal trace element and stable isotope variations in a modern freshwater tufa. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 67, 2341-2357.
  • Gouramanis, C., Webb, J. A. and Warren, A. A., 2003. Fluvio-deltaic sedimentology and ichnology of part of the Silurian Grampians Group, western Victoria. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 50, 811-825.
  • Kelly, J.C., Webb, J.A. and Maas, R., 2001. Isotopic constraints on the genesis and age of autochthonous glaucony in the Oligo-Miocene Torquay Group, southeastern Australia. Sedimentology, 48, 325-328.
  • Doelman, T., Webb, J.A. and Domanski, M., 2001. Source to Discard: Patterns of Lithic Raw Material Procurement and Use in Sturt National Park, Northwestern NSW. Archaeology in Oceania, 36, 15-33.
  • Webb, J.A., 2001. A new marattialean fern from the Middle Triassic of eastern Australia. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 123, 215-224.
  • Torrence, R., Pavlides, C., Jackson, P. and Webb, J., 2000. Volcanic disasters and cultural discontinuities in Holocene time, in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. In McGuire, W.J., Griffiths, D.R., Hancock, P.L. and Stewart, I.S. (eds). The archaeology of geological catastrophes. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 171, 225-244.
  • Marshallsea, S.J., Green, P.F. and Webb, J.A., 2000. Thermal history of the Hodgkinson Province and Laura Basin, Queensland: multiple cooling episodes identified from apatite fission track analysis and vitrinite reflectance data. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 47, 779-797.
  • Domanski, M. and Webb, J.A., 2000. Flaking properties, petrology and use of Polish flint. Antiquity, 74, 822-832.
  • Webb, J.A. and Fielding, C.F., 1999. Debris flow and sheet flood fans of the northern Prince Charles Mountains, east Antarctica. In Miller, A.J. and Gupta, A. (eds), Varieties of fluvial form, 317-341. John Wiley, London.
  • Kelly, J.C. and Webb, J.A., 1999. The genesis of glaucony in the Oligo-Miocene Torquay Group. southeastern Australia: petrographic and geochemical evidence. Sedimentary Geology, 125, 99-114.
  • Boyd, W.E., Specht, J. and Webb, J.A., 1999. Holocene shoreline change and archaeology on the Kandrian coast of West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. In J. Hall and McNiven, I.J. (eds), Australian Coastal Archaeology, 283-289. ANH Publications, Canberra.
  • Cantrill, D.J. and Webb, J.A., 1998. Permineralized pleuromeid lycopod remains from the Early Triassic Arcadia Formation, Queensland, Australia. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 102, 189-211.
  • Rimstidt, J. D., Balog, A. and Webb J., 1998. Distribution of trace elements between carbonate minerals and aqueous solutions. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 62, 1851-1863.
  • Webb, J.A. and Golding, S.D., 1998. Geochemical mass-balance and 0xygen isotope constraints on silcrete formation and its paleoclimatic implications in southern Australia. Journal of Sedimentary Research A, 68, 981-993.
  • Bernecker, T., Partridge, A.D. and Webb, J.A., 1997. Mid-late Tertiary deep-water temperate carbonate deposition, offshore Gippsland Basin, southeastern Australia. In James, N.P. and Clarke, J.D.A. (eds),Cool Water Carbonates, SEPM Special Publication 56, 221-236.
  • Fielding, C.R. and Webb, J.A., 1996. Facies and cyclicity of the Late Permian Bainmedart Coal Measures in the northern Prince Charles Mountains, MacRobertson Land, Antarctica. Sedimentology, 43, 295-322.
  • Li, S., Webb, J.A. and Finlayson, B.L., 1996. Discussion: Landscape evolution and tectonics in southeastern Australia, by C.D. Ollier and C.F. Pain. AGSO Journal of Australian Geology and Geophysics, 16, 323-324.
  • Goede, A., McDermott, F., Hawkesworth, C., Webb, J.A. and Finlayson, B.L., 1996. Evidence of Younger Dryas and Neoglacial cooling in a Late Quaternary palaeotemperature record from a speleothem in eastern Victoria, Australia. Journal of Quaternary Science, 11 (1), 1-7.
  • Fabel, D., Henricksen, D., Finlayson, B.L. and Webb, J.A. 1996. Nickpoint recession in karst terrains: an example from the Buchan Karst, South-East Australia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 21, 453-466.
  • Fielding, C.R. and Webb, J.A. 1995. Sedimentology of the Permian Radok conglomerate in the Beaver Lake Area of MacRobertson Land, east Antarctica. Geological Magazine, 132, 51-63.
  • Gray, C.M. and Webb, J. A. 1995. Provenance of Palaeozoic turbidites in the Lachlan Orogenic Belt: strontium isotopic evidence. Australian Journal of Earth Science, 42, 95-105.
  • Cantrill, D.J., Drinnan, A.N. and Webb, J.A. 1995. Late Triassic plant fossils from the Prince Charles Mountains, East Antarctica.  Antarctic Science, 7, 51-62.
  • Balme, B.E., Kershaw, A.P. and Webb, J.A. 1995. Floras of Australian coal measures. in Ward, C.R., Harrington, H.J., Mallett, C.W. and Beeston, J.W. (eds), Geology of Australian Coal Basins. Geological Society of Australia Coal Geology Group Special Publication, 1, 41-62.
  • Gosden, C. and Webb, J.A., 1994. People and landscape change in the Arawe Islands, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Journal of Field Archaeology, 21, 29-51.
  • Arne, D.C., Cromie, P.W., Webb, J.A. and Richards, J.R. 1994. The genesis of Pb-Zn sulphide occurrences in the Early Devonian Buchan Group, Victoria. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences. 41, 75-90.
  • Webb, J.A. and Sasowsky, I.D. 1994. The interaction of acid mine drainage with a carbonate terrane: evidence from the Obey River, north-central Tennessee. Journal of Hydrology, 161, 327-346.
  • Gosden, C., Webb, J.A., Marshall, B. and Summerhayes, G. 1994. Lolmo cave: a mid to late Holocene site, the Arawe Islands, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea. Asian Perspectives, 33, 97-119.
  • Domanski, M., Webb, J.A. and Boland, J. 1994. Mechanical properties of stone artefact materials and the effect of heat treatment. Archaeometry. 36, 177-208.
  • Webb, J.A. and Fielding, C.R. 1993. Permo-Triassic sedimentation within the Lambert Graben, northern Prince Charles Mountains, East Antarctica. In Findlay, R.H., Unrug, R., Banks, M.R. and Veevers, J.J. (eds), Gondwana Eight: assembly, evolution and dispersal, 513-520. A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam.
  • Rehfisch, M.W. and Webb, J.A. 1993. The Early Devonian Coopers Creek Limestone: a deep water redeposited limestone within the Melbourne Trough, southeastern Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 40, 575-589.
  • Webb, J.A. and Fielding, C.R. 1993. Stratigraphical note - Revised stratigraphical nomenclature for the Permo-Triassic Flagstone Bench Formation, northern Prince Charles Mountains, East Antarctica. Antarctic Science, 5, 409-410.
  • Fabel, D., Webb, J.A. and Finlayson, B.L. 1993. Discussion. Denudational isostatic rebound of intraplate highlands: the Lachlan River valley, Australia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 18, 749-751.
  • Webb, J.A., Fabel, D., Finlayson, B.L., Li Shu and Ellaway, M.,1992. Denudation chronology from cave and river terrace levels: the case of the Buchan karst, southeastern Australia. Geological Magazine, 129, 307-317.
  • Domanski, M. and Webb, J.A., 1992. Effect of heat treatment on siliceous rocks used in prehistoric lithic technology. Journal of Archaeological Science, 19, 601-614.
  • Heatwole, H., Betts, M., Webb, J. and Crosthwaite, P., 1992. Birds of the northern Prince Charles Mountains, Antarctica. Corella, 15, 120-122.
  • Webb, J.A., Finlayson, B.L., Fabel, F.G. and Ellaway M., 1991. The geomorphology of the Buchan karst: implications for landscape history of the Southeastern Highlands of Australia. In Williams, M.A.J., DeDekker, P. and Kershaw, A.P. (eds). The Cenozoic of the Australian region - a reappraisal of the evidence. Special Publication, Geological Society of Australia 18, 210-234.
  • Finlayson, B.L. and Webb, J.A. 1988. Evolution of groundwater in Californian granites: evidence from speleothems. Bulletin Geological Society of America 100, 639-643.
  • Webb, J.A. and Finlayson, B.L. 1987. Incorporation of Al, Mg and water in opal-A: evidence from opal speleothems. American Mineralogist 72, 1204-1210.
  • Cantrill, D. and Webb, J.A. 1987. A reappraisal of Phyllopteroides Medwell 1954. (Osmundaceae) and its stratigraphic significance in the Lower Cretaceous of eastern Australia. Alcheringa 11, 59-85.
  • Sahl, L.E., Merrell, W.J., McGrail, D.W. and Webb, J.A. 1987. Transport of mud on continental shelves: evidence from the Texas Shelf. Marine Geology 76, 33-43
  • Rock, N.M.S., Webb, J.A. McNaughton, N.J. and Bell, G.D. 1987. Nonparametric estimation of averages and errors for small data-sets in isotopic geoscience: a proposal. Chemical Geology, 66, 163-177.
  • Webb, J.A. 1986. Discussion: Proterozoic palaeokarst at Torrowangee, western New South Wales? Australian Journal of Earth Science 33, 365-366.
  • Finlayson, B.L. and Webb, J.A. 1985. Amorphous speleothems. Cave Science 12, 3-8.
  • Webb, J.A. 1985. Acicular opaline speleothems from Mt. Hamilton lava cave, western Victoria. Australian Mineralogist 37, 291-294.
  • Webb, J.A. and Finlayson, B.L. 1985. Allophane flowstone from Newton Cave, western Washington State. Bulletin National Speleological Society 47, 47-50.
  • Webb, J.A. and Finlayson, B.L. 1984. Allophane and opal speleothems from granite caves in southeast Queensland. Journal of the Geological Society of Australia 31, 341-349.
  • Webb, J.A. 1983. A new plant genus, possibly a marattialean fern, from the Middle Triassic of eastern Australia. Memoirs Association Australasian Palaeontologists 1, 363-371.
  • Webb, J.A. and Joyce, E.B., 1983. Taylor Creek silcrete cave, north of Melbourne central Victoria. Helictite 21, 25-32.
  • Webb, J.A. 1982. Triassic species of Dictyophyllum from eastern Australia. Alcheringa 6, 79-91.
  • Webb, J. A. 1982. Reply: A radiometric time scale of the Triassic. Journal of the Geological Society of Australia 29, 250-252. 0403
  • Webb, J.A. and Holmes, W.B.K., 1982. Three new thalloid fossils from the Middle Triassic of eastern Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland 93, 83-88. (70%) 0403
  • Webb, J.A., 1981. A radiometric time scale of the Triassic. Journal of Geological Society of Australia 28, 107-121.
  • Webb, J.A., 1979. A reappraisal of the palaeoecology of conchostracans (Crustacaea: Branchiopoda). Neues Jahrbuch fur Geologie and Palaeontologie Abhandlungen 158, 259-275.
  • Webb, J.A., 1979. Morphology and origin of Holy Jump Lava Cave, south-eastern Queensland. Helictite 17, 65-74.
  • Webb, J.A. and Bell, G.D., 1979. A new species of Limnadia (Crustacea: Conchostraca) from the Granite Belt in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. Proceedings of Linnean Society N.S.W. 103, 237-245.
  • Webb, J.A. 1978. A new Triassic Palaeolimnadiopsis (Crustacea: Conchostraca) from the Sydney Basin, New South Wales. Alcheringa 2, 261-267.
  • Webb, J. A. and Brush, J.B., 1978. Quill anthodites in Wyanbene Cave, Upper Shoalhaven district, New South Wales. Helictite 16, 33-39.
  • Webb, J.A. and McNaughton, N.J., 1978. Isotopic age of the Sugar Basalt. Queensland Government Mining Journal 79, 591-595.
  • Webb, J.A. 1977. Stratigraphy and palaeontology of the Bukali area, Monto district, Queensland. Papers Department of Geology, University of Queensland 8, 37-70.

Research projects

Current PhD projects

Hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry

Use of remote sensing to determine the effect of land-use change, particularly timber plantations, on surface and groundwater resources and quality in western Victoria – Rakhshan Roohi PhD project - supported by ARC Linkage project (with Edoardo Daly, Monash Uni) Victorian Department of Primary Industries, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

Causes of aquifer clogging during managed aquifer recharge – PhD project Attila Gaal

Remediation of waste water from processing of brown coal – PhD project Jorg Metz

Acid mine drainage

Secondary mineral precipitation from acid mine drainage – PhD project Farah Ali

Remediation of acid mine drainage using the magnetic sludge process – PhD project Wendy Stanford.

Use of alkalinity covers to reduce AMD generation in waste rocks – PhD project Michael Sephton.

Landscape evolution

Sand deposition across SE Victoria during the Last Glacial Maximum – PhD project Shannon Burnett.


Possible PhD project - Hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry

The Miocene Port Campbell Limestone underlies a large part of the western Victorian plains, but outcrops are very limited because where it is not overlain by basalts it is covered by thin Pliocene clays and sands. The limestone has high intergranular permeability but there is also evidence for substantial karstic permeability in the form of extensive doline fields and high transmissivity values intersected in ~3% of bores, although this has been ignored when modelling the groundwater flow in the limestone. Detailed study of a small catchment on the northern margin of the Port Campbell Limestone has shown sufficient leakage of groundwater through a doline to cause the watertable surface to be a closed depression and to strongly decrease surface water flow out of this catchment. The aim of this project is to extend these initial findings and determine the extent of karstic permeability in the limestone, in order to establish the influence that this has on recharge, groundwater flow and the potential for surface contamination, using a combination of bore and surface water data (including geochemistry), remote sensing (particularly LIDAR and Landsat) and geophysical techniques (particularly microgravity).