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Patrick D. Nunn

Patrick D. Nunn

Professor of Geography, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast
After 30 years of research, mostly focused in the Asia-Pacific region, Professor Nunn has accumulated a degree of expertise in a number of different fields. His primary field is geography, once largely physical in focus, but now straddling various aspects of sustainability. Professor Nunn has worked for a number of years in climate change, mostly on sea level and on the challenges of effective adaptation in poorer countries. He has also worked on archaeological topics, usually through the lens of palaeoenvironment reconstruction, but also applying his geological training to ceramic mineralogy and radiocarbon chronology. Since 2000, when a coup in Fiji interrupted a planned research programme, Professor Nunn became interested in myths as potential sources of information about geological hazards, particularly earthquakes and tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and abrupt coastal change.


How ancient beliefs in underwater worlds can shed light in a time of rising sea levels

Aug 22, 2021 01:35 am UTC| Nature

The small boat sliced its way through the waveless ocean. The Fiji air was warm and still, the silhouettes of distant islands like sentinels watching our progress. It seemed a perfect day to visit the Solo Lighthouse and...

Giants: why we needed them

Aug 08, 2018 12:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Think of any sizeable water gap. It might be that between you and the island many kilometres off the coast, a place like Kangaroo Island (South Australia) or Sri Lanka as viewed from nearby India. It might be the gap...

Sidelining God: why secular climate projects in the Pacific Islands are failing

May 19, 2017 04:32 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Unless you are cocooned in a tourist bubble, it is hardly possible to miss God when you visit the Pacific Islands. In every village and on every main street there seems to be a church or temple, packed to bursting point on...

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