Professor Anja Scheffers

Anja Scheffers portrait

anja.scheffers@scu.edu.au

Researchgate profile

Education

Habilitation: 2006, University of Duisburg-Essen, Theme: "Coastal Response to Extreme Events". The habilitation is equivalent to a higher doctorate in the Australian system.

PhD.: Dr. rer. nat. 2002, University of Essen, Theme: "Paleotsunamis in the Caribbean - Field evidences and Datings from Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire" (Magna cum laude).

Research interests / background

During my studies of Physical Geography and by a series of accidental turns I became fascinated to investigate how coastal environments have changed in the past. I'm particularly interested in processes that shape and modify coastal landscapes over a variety of length and time scales and the coupling and feedback between such processes, their rates, and their relative roles, especially in the contexts of variation in climatic and tectonic influences and in light of changes due to human impact:

  • Understanding past and modern marine physical natural hazards such as tsunamis and storms
  • The development of long-term records of tsunamis/cyclones from geological and biological proxy evidence as well as historical documentary records
  • Exploring linkages between Late Quaternary climate and landscape change focusing on past sea level and response of coastal ecosystems, particularly coral reefs
  • Quaternary geochronology based on ESR and U-series dating and multi-proxy study of corals
  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Geomythology (pairs geological evidence of catastrophic events and reports of such events encoded into the mythological lexicon of ancient societies)

Awards

  • ARC Future Fellowship "Unravelling Western Australia's Stormy Past - A Precisely-Dated Sediment Record of Cyclones over the past 7000 years"

Research grants

  • $385,000 German Research Council MA 5768/1-1, Cyclone-generated washover deposits and landforms of Western Australia - Sediment characteristics and chronology of geo-archives and palaeotempestological implications CI 3 of 3. (Dr. May, Prof. Brueckner, University of Cologne, Germany).
  • $10,000 AINSE Honours Scholarship for SCU student Stan Kinis (linked to the Olympia project)
  • $10,465 AINSE 1289: Sedimentary burial of ancient Olympia (Peloponnese, Greece) by high-energy flood deposits - the Olympia Tsunami Hypothesis in the context of Eastern Ionian Sea tsunami evidence.
  • $200,000 Australian Research Council Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Project (LE120100201) "High-resolution laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer for cutting edge geochemistry research." Bush, R. T., Burton, E. D., Scheffers, S. R., Scheffers, A. M., Rose, A.
  • $ 6,000 Undergraduate Scholarships (Supervisor A. Scheffers)Bayerboost Undergraduate Scholarship for UQ student Kelly Fox (linked to the FT Western Australia project)
  • $150,000 German Research Foundation (DFG): Paleotsunamis in the Caribbean. 2001.
  • $26,000 Young Scientist Award, University of Duisburg-Essen: Tsunami Risk in the Eastern Mediterranean.2006.
  • $45,000 German Research Foundation (DFG): Storms and Tsunamis in Western Australia.2006.
  • $55,000 German Research Foundation (DFG): Late Holocene variations in temperature and hydrologic balance - Sub-seasonal reconstructions from southern Caribbean corals, together with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Pätzold and Dr. Thomas Felis of the DFG research group Ocean Margins at the University of Bremen.2006.
  • $49,000 German Research Foundation (DFG): Geoarchaeology as a method to understand the Holocene storm chronology in Ireland and Scotland. 2007.
  • $400,000 German Research Foundation (DFG): Key processes in Coastal Evolution of the Tropics (Southern Caribbean).2007.
  • $80,000 German Research Foundation (DFG): TRIAS-Coast "Tracing tsunami impacts in coastal geo- and bio-archives along the west coast of Thailand".2007.
  • $10,000 SCU Recruitment Award: Extreme Wave Events in Coral Bay, Western Australia.2007.
  • $950,000 ARC LIEF, "The future of palaeoclimate and archaeological research in Australia: next generation instrumentation for chronology and environmental reconstruction". Listed as CI Nr 8 (out of 52 Australian Scientists).2008.
  • $686,400 ARC - Future Fellowship "Unravelling Western Australia's Stormy Past - A Precisely-Dated Sediment Record of Cyclones over the past 7000 years".2009.
  • $65,000 German Research Foundation (DFG): „Chevrons" - Enigmatic littoral deposits. Pilot studies at the coastlines of southern Brazil and central Chile.2010.

Post Graduate student supervision

PhD

Peter Squire (current), Marie Orange (completed), Andrea Yates (completed)

Honours

Stan Kinis (completed)

Publications

Recent Books

  • Scheffers, A. & Kelletat, D. (2015): Understanding our environment. Lakes of the World with Google Earth.– Dordrecht (Springer), 297 pp. ISBN 978-3-319-29617-3
  • Erdmann, W., Kelletat, D., Scheffers, A. & Haslett, S.K. (2015): Origin and Formation of Coastal Boulder Deposits in Galway Bay and on the Aran Islands, Western Ireland.– Springer Briefs in Geography, Dor¬drecht: Springer, 125 pp. ISBN: 978-3-319-16332-1
  • Scheffers, A., May, M. & Kelletat, D. (2014): Understanding our environment. Landforms of the World with Google Earth.– Dordrecht (Springer), 316 pp. ISBN 978-94-017-9713-9

Recent Book Chapters

  • Scheffers, A. (2015): Paleotsunami Research – Current Debate and Controversies.– In: Shroder, J.F., Ellis, J.T. & Sherman, D.J.(Eds): Coastal and Marine Hazards, Risks, and Disasters. Amsterdam (Elsevier): 59-92. DOI: 10.1016/C2011-0-07020-5
  • Kelletat, D.H., Scheffers, A.M. & May, S.M. (2013): Coastal environments from Polar Regions to the Tropics – A geographer’s zonality perspective.– In: Martini, I.P., Wanless, H.R. (Eds.): Sedimentary Coastal Zones from High to Low Latitudes: Similarities and Differences. London (Geological Society of London, Special Publication 388): 33-57. DOI: 10.1144/SP388.1
  • Scheffers, A.M., Engel, M., May, S.M., Scheffers, S.R., Joannes-Boyau, R., Hänßler, E., Kennedy, K., Kelletat, D., Brückner, H., Vött, A., Schellmann, G., Schäbitz, F., Radtke, U., Sommer, B., Willershäuser, T. & Felis, T. (2013): Potential and limits of combining studies of coarse and fine-grained sediments for the coastal event history of a Caribbean carbonate environment.– In: Martini, I.P., Wanless, H.R. (Eds.), Sedimentary Coastal Zones from High to Low Latitudes: Similarities and Differences. London (Geological Society of London, Special Publication 388): 503-531. DOI: 10.1144/SP388.4
  • May, S.M., Brill, D., Engel, M., Squire, P., Scheffers, A. and Kelletat, D., 2012. Coastal hazards from tropical cyclones and extra-tropical winter storms based on Late Holocene storm chronologies. In: Finkl, C. (Ed.), Coastal Hazards. Springer, Netherlands.
  • Scheffers, A., Scheffers, S., Kelletat, D. 2012. "Understanding our environment. The Coastlines of the World with Google Earth". Springer, the Netherlands. ISBN-10: 9400707371.
  • Scheffers, A., May, M., Engel, M., Kelletat, D. 2012. "Understanding our environment. Landforms of the World with Google Earth". Springer, the Netherlands.

Recent Journal Articles

2018

  • Erdmann, W., Scheffers, A.M. & Kelletat, D.H. (2018): Holocene coastal sedimentation in a rocky envi¬ronment: Geomorphological evidence from the Aran Islands and Galway Bay (Western Ireland).– Jour¬nal of Coastal Research 34(4): 772-793. DOI: 10.2112/JCOASTRES-D-17-00175.1
  • Erdmann, W.; Kelletat, D. & Scheffers, A. (2018): Boulder transport by storms – Extreme-waves in the coastal zone of the Irish west coast.– Marine Geology 399: 1-13. DOI: 10.1016/j.margeo.2018.02.003
  • Orange, M., Le Bourdonnec, F.X., D'Anna, A., Scheffers, A., Guendon, J.L. & Joannes-Boyau, R. (2018): Obsidian economy on the Cauria Plateau (South Corsica, Middle Neolithic): New evidence from Re¬naghju and I Stantari.– Quaternary International 467: 323-331. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.-2017.12.033
  • Vött, A., Bruins, H.J., Gawehn, M., Goodman-Tchernov, B.N., De Martini, P.M., Kelletat, D., Mastro-nuzzi, G., Reicherter, K., Röbke, B.R., Scheffers, A., Willershäuser, T., Avramidis, P., Bellanova, P., Costa, P.J.M., Finkler, C., Hadler, H., Koster, B., Lario, J., Reinhardt, E., Mathes-Schmidt, M., Ntageretzis, K., Pantosti, D., Papanikolaou, I., Sansò, P., Scicchitano, G., Smedile, A., Szczuciński, W. (2018): Publicity waves based on manipulated geoscientific data suggesting climatic trigger for majority of tsunami find¬ings in the Mediterranean – Response to ‘Tsunamis in the geological record: Making waves with a cau¬tionary tale from the Mediterranean’ by Marriner et al. (2017).– Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Sup¬plementary Issue. DOI: 10.1127/zfg_suppl/2018/0547
  • May, S.M., Brill, D., Leopold, M., Callow, N., Engel, M., Scheffers, A., Opitz, S., Norpoth, M. & Brückner, H. (2017): Chronostratigraphy and geomorphology of washover fans in the Exmouth Gulf (NW Aus¬tralia) – A record of tropical cyclone activity during the late Holocene.– Quaternary Science Reviews 169: 65-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.05.23
  • May, S.M., Gelhausen, H., Brill, D., Callow, N.,Engel, M., Opitz, S., Scheffers, A., Joannes-Boyau, R., Leopold, M. & Brückner, H. (2017): Chenier-type ridges in Giralia Bay (Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia) – Processes, chronostratigraphy, and significance for recording past tropical cyclones.– Marine Geol¬ogy: 186-204. DOI: 10.1016/j.margeo.2017.03.005
  • Orange, M., Le Bourdonnec, F.X., Bellot-Gurlet, L., Scheffers, A. & Joannes-Boyau, R. (2017): On sourc¬ing obsidian assemblages from the Mediterranean area: analytical strategies for their exhaustive geo¬chemical characterisation.– Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 12: 834-844. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.06.002
  • Orange, M., Le Bourdonnec, F.X., Scheffers, A. & Joannes-Boyau, R. (2016): Sourcing obsidian: a new optimized LA-ICP-MS protocol.– STAR: Science & Technology of Archaeological Research 2(2): 192-202. DOI: 10.1080/20548923.2016.1236516
  • May, S.M., Falvard, S., Norpoth, M., Pint, A., Brill, D., Engel, M., Scheffers, A., Dierick, M., Paris, R., Squire, P. & Brückner, H. (2016): A mid-Holocene candidate tsunami deposit from the NW Cape (West¬ern Australia).– Sedimentary Geology: 40-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2015.11.010
  • Engel, M., May, S.M., Scheffers, A., Squire, P., Pint, A., Kelletat, D. & Brückner, H. (2015): Prograded foredunes of Western Australia's macro-tidal coast – implications for Holocene sea-level change and high-energy wave impacts.– Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 40: 726-740. DOI: 10.1002/esp.3663
  • Joannes-Boyau, R., Bodin, T., Scheffers, A., Sambridge, M. & May, S.M. (2015): Using Benford's law to investigate Natural Hazard dataset homogeneity.– Scientific Reports 5, 12046. DOI: 10.1038/srep12046
  • May, S.M., Brill, D., Engel, M., Scheffers, A., Pint, A., Opitz, S., Wennrich, V., Squire, P., Kelletat, D. & Brückner, H. (2015): Traces of historical tropical cyclones and tsunamis in the Ashburton Delta (north-west Australia).– Sedimentology 62(6): 1546-1572. DOI: 10.1111/sed.12192
  • Yates, A., Smith, A.M., Bertuch, F., Gehlen, B., Gramsch, B., Heinen, M., Joannes-Boyau,R., Scheffers, A., Parr, J. & Pawlik, A. (2015): Radiocarbon-dating adhesive and wooden residues from stone tools by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS): challenges and insights encountered in a case study.– Journal of Archaeological Science 61: 45-58. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2015.04.022

2014

  • Joannes-Boyau R., Guibert P., Chapoullie R., Lahaye C., Scheffers A., Parr J. (2014) Re-assessment of organic radicals and paramagnetic centres in Bergeracois brown cherts, implication for absolute dating. Quaternary Geochronology 23, 26-34. (2012 ERAID 34378 - FOR 0402 or 0406)
  • Yates A., Scheffers A., Parr J., Joannes-Boyau R. (2014) AMS dating of ancient plant residues from experimental stone tools: a pilot study. Journal of Archaeological Science 49, 595-602. (2012 ERAID 1739 - FOR 0402)

2013

  • Engel M., Brückner H., Fürstenberg S., Frenzel P., Konopczak A.M., Scheffers A., Kelletat D., May S.M., Schäbitz F., Daut G. (2013) A prehistoric tsunami induced long-lasting ecosystem changes on a semi-arid tropical island - the case of Boka Bartol (Bonaire, Leeward Antilles). Naturwissenschaften, 100, 51-67. (2012 ERAID 2101 - FOR MD)
  • Kelletat D., Kinis S., Scheffers A. (2013) Recent advances in Palaeo-Tsunami Research of the Eastern Mediterranean. Aegean Geographical Journal, Spec. Vol. in Honour of Prof. Dr. Ilhan Kayan, University of Izmir, Turkey. 35 pp. (2012 ERAID N/A)
  • Kelletat D.H., Scheffers A.M., May S.M. (2013) Coastal environments from Polar Regions to the Tropics - A geographer's zonality perspective. In: Martini, I.P., Wanless, H.R. (eds.), Sedimentary Coastal Zones from High to Low Latitudes: Similarities and Differences. Geological Society, London, Special Publication 388 (2012 ERAID 1744 - FOR 0403)
  • Scheffers A., Engel M., May M., Scheffer S., Joannes-Boyau R., Hanssler E., Kenendy K., Kelletat D.H., Bruckner H., Vott A., Schellmann G., Schabitz F., Radtke U., Sommer B., Willershausser T., Felis T. (2013). Potential and limits of combining studies of coarse- and fine-grained sediments for the coastal event history of a Caribbean carbonate environment. Geological Society of London, special publication 388. (2012 ERAID N/A)
  • Scheffers A.M., Scheffers S.R., Kelletat D.H., Squire P., Collins L, Feng Y., Zhao J.X., Johannes-Boyau R., May S.M., Schellmann G., Freeman H. (2013) Reply to Comment on: Coarse clast ridge sequences as suitable archives for past storm events? Case study on the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia. Journal of Quaternary Science Volume 28 (2) 213-215. (2012 ERAID 1814 - FOR 0406)
  • Squire, P., Joannes-Boyau, R., Scheffers, S., Scheffers, A., Hua, Q., Nothdurft, L., Collins, L., Zhao, Jx. (2013) A marine reservoir correction for the Houtman-Abrolhos Archipelago, East Indian Ocean, Western Australia. Radiocarbon 55, 103-114. (2012 ERAID 1905 - FOR 0402)
  • Yates, A., Scheffers, A., Parr, J., Joannes-Boyau, R. (in press) AMS Dating of ancient residues from experimental stone tools. Journal of Archaeological Science. Accepted Manuscript. (2012 ERAID 1739 - FOR 0402)

2012

  • Brill D., Klasen N., Brückner H., Jankaew K., Kelletat D., Scheffers A., Scheffers S. (2012) Correlation of discontinuous palaeotsunami deposits on Ko Phra Thong (SW Thailand) by means of luminescence dating. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 12, 2177-2192(2012 ERAID 123026 - FOR 0406)
  • Brill D., Klasen N., Brückner H., Jankaew K., Scheffers A., Kelletat D., Scheffers S. (2012) OSL dating of tsunami deposits from Phra Thong Island, Thailand. Quaternary Geochronology. 10,224-229(2012 ERAID 34378 - FOR 0402 or 0406)
  • Engel M., Brückner H., Scheffers A., May S.M., Kelletat D. (2012) Holocene sea levels of Bonaire (Leeward Antilles) and tectonic implications. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie. 8854: S-00111(2012 ERAID 1767 - FOR 0406)
  • Engel M., Brückner H., Scheffers A., Messenzehl K., Frenzel P., May S.M., Scheffers S., Wennreich V., Kelletat D. (2012) Shoreline changes and high-energy wave impacts at the leeward coast of Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles). Earth, Planets and Space. 61, 905-921(2012 ERAID 30174 - FOR 04)
  • Scheffers A., Brill D., Scheffers S., Kelletat D., Fox K. (2012) Field Evidence of Holocene Sea- and Tide-Level Indicators along the Andaman Sea Coast of Thailand. The Holocene. 22, 1162-1173(2012 ERAID 1805 - FOR 0406)
  • Scheffers A.M., Scheffers S.R., Kelletat D.H., Squire P., Collins L, Feng Y., Zhao J.X., Johannes-Boyau R., May S.M., Schellmann G., Freeman H.(2012)Coarse clast ridge sequences as suitable archives for past storm events? Case study on the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia. Journal of Quaternary Science. 27 (7) 713-724 (2012 ERAID 1814 - FOR 0406)
  • Scheffers A.M., Scheffers S.R., Squire P. (2012) Trimlines as Evidence for Palaeo-Tsunamis. Natural Hazards, 63 (1) 165-179 (2012 ERAID 1986 - FOR 0406)