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We investigate lipids, biomarkers and stable isotopic signatures (C, H, S and N), paleogenomics of organic matter preserved in recent environments to understand changes impacted by humans, natural biogeochemical cycles and various environmental proxies (temp, pH, redox conditions, microbial community structure). Such environments include freshwater-hypersaline lakes, estuaries, deltas, oceans and caves. We also investigate the fate and source of petroleum in the environment.

Examples of publications

Allard, S., Fouche, L., Dick, J., Heitz, A., Gunten U.V. 2013. Oxidation of Manganese(II) during Chlorination: Role of Bromide. Environmental Science and Technology 47, 8716-8723.

Atahan, P., Dodson, J., Li, X., Zhou, X., Hu, S., Chen, L., Bertuch, F., Grice K., 2011. Early Neolithic diets at Baijia, Wei River Valley, China: Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of human and faunal remains. Journal of Archaeological Science 38, 2811-2817.

Atahan, P., Grice, K., Dodson, J. 2007. Human influence on Holocene environmental change in the Yangtze River delta: a combined biomarker, δ13C , 14C, pollen and charcoal approach. The Holocene 17, 507-515.

Berke, M.E., Johnson. T.C., Werne, J.P., Livingstone, D.E., Grice K., Schouten, S., Sinninghe-Damsté, J.S., 2014. Characterization of the last deglacial transition in tropical East Africa: Insights from Lake Albert. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology, 409, 1-8.

Berke M.A., Johnson T.C., Werne J.P., Grice K., Schouten S., Sinninghe Damsté J.S. 2012. Molecular records of climate variability and vegetation response since the Late Pleistocene in the Lake Victoria basin, East Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews. 55, 59-74.

Berwick, L., Greenwood, P.F., Kagi, R., Croué, J-P. 2007. The thermal release of nitro-organics from natural organic matter (NOM) by micro-scale sealed vessel (MSSV) pyrolysis. Organic Geochemistry 38, 1073-1090.

Berwick, L.J., Greenwood, P.F., Smernik, R., 2010 . The use of MSSV pyrolysis to assist the molecular characterisation of aquatic natural organic matter. Water Research doi:10.1016/j.waters.2010.02.023.

Berwick, L.J., Greenwood, P.F., Meredith, W.I., Snape, C., Talbot, M.H., 2010. Comparison of microscale sealed vessel pyrolysis (MSSVpy) and hydropyrolysis (Hypy) for the characterisation of extant and sedimentary organic matter. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 87, 108-116.

Blyth, A.J., Smith, C.I., Drysdale, R.N. 2013. A new perspective on the δ13C signal preserved in speleothems using LC-IRMS analysis of bulk organic matter and compound specific stable isotope analysis. Quaternary Science Reviews 75, 143-149.

Blyth, A.J., Schouten, S. 2013. Calibrating the glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraether temperature signal in speleothems. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 109,312-328.

Blyth, A.J., Shutova, Y., Smith, C.I. 2013. δ13C analysis of bulk organic matter in speleothems using liquid chromatography-isotope ratio mass spectrometry. Organic Geochemistry 55, 22-25.

Coolen, M.J.L., Orsi, W.D. 2015. The transcriptional response of microbial communities in thawing Alaskan permafrost soils. Frontiers in Microbiology 6.

Fromont, J., Huggett, M.J., Lengger, S.L., Grice, K., Schönber G, C.H. 2015. Characterisation of Leucetta prolifera, a calcarean cyanosponge from south-western Australia, and its symbionts. Australian Journal of Marine Science in press.

Greenwood, P.F., Wibrow, S., George, S.J., Tibbett, M., 2009. The Priming of a Soil Microbial Community with a Hydrocarbon Substrate to Accelerate the Bioremediation of Oil Contaminated Soil. Organic Geochemistry 40, 293-300.

Grice, K., Klein Breteler, W.C., Schouten, S., Grossi, V., De Leeuw, J.W., Sinninghe-Damsté, J.S. 1998. The effects of zooplankton herbivory on biomarker proxy records. Paleoceanography 13, 686-693.

Hall, P.A., McKirdy, D.M., Grice, K., Edwards, D.S. 2014. Australasian asphaltite strandings: Their origin reviewed in light of the effects of weathering and biodegradation on their biomarker and isotopic profiles. Marine and Petroleum Geology 57, 572-593.

Kelly, D., Zerihun A., Singh D.P., Vitzthum von Eckstaedt, C., Gibberd, M., Grice, K., Downey, M. 2012. Exposure of grapes to smoke of vegetation with varying lignin composition and accretion of lignin-derived putative smoke taint compounds in wine. Journal of Food Chemistry 135, 787-798.

Klein Breteler, W.,C., Grice, K., Kloosterhuis, R., Schouten, S., Sinninghe- Damsté, J.S. 2002. Unravelling sources of stable carbon isotope signals in pelagic copepods, their faecal pellets and POC. Marine Ecology Progress Series 40, 195-204.

Kraal, P., Burton, E.D., Rose, A.L, Kocar, B.D., Lockhart, R.S., Grice, K., Bush, R.T., 2015. Sedimentary Iron-phosphorus cycling under contrasting redox conditions in a eutrophic estuary Chemical Geology 392, 19-31.

Lockhart, R.S., Berwick, L.J., Greenwood, P.F., Grice, K., Kraal, P., Bush, R. 2013. Analytical pyrolysis for determining the molecular composition of contemporary monosulfidic black ooze. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 104, 640-652.

McKirdy D, Krull E, Mee A., Haynes D., Thorpe C., Webster L., Grice K., Gell P. 2010. Natural and cultural eutrophication in the Coorong, South Australia, Organic Geochemistry 41, 96-110.

Ogburn, D., Meeuwig, J., McCafferty, P., Grice, K., Waddington, K. 2011. Recent developments in methods to detect impacts in coastal benthic habitats in Western Australia. Ports and Coast Conference ProceedingsPerth, 2011.

Schouten, S., Hopmans, E.C., Rosell-Melé, A., Pearson, A., Adam, P., Bauersachs, T., Bard, E., Bernasconi, S.M., Bianchi, T.S., Brocks, J.J., Carlson, L.T., Castañeda, I.S., Derenne, S., Selver, A.D., Dutta, K., Eglinton, T., Fosse, C., Galy, V., Grice, K., Hinrichs, K.-U., Huang, Y., Huguet, A., Huguet, C., Hurley, S., Ingalls, A., Jia, G., Keely, B., Knappy, C., Kondo, M. Krishnan, S., Lincoln, S., Lipp, J., Mangelsdorf, K., Martínez-García, A., Ménot, G., Mets, A., Mollenhauer, G., Ohkouchi, N., Ossebaar, J., Pagani, M., Woltering, M., Zhao, M., Damsté, J.S.S. 2014. An interlaboratory study of TEX86 and BIT analysis of sediments, extracts, and standard mixtures. 2013. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 14, 5263-5285.

Pagès, A., Grice, K., Vacher, M., Bennett, W.W., Greenwood P.F. 2014. Characterizing microbial communities and processes in a modern stromatolite (Shark Bay) using lipid biomarkers and two-dimensional distributions of porewater solutes. Environmental Microbiology, 16, 2458-2474.

Pagès, A., Grice, K., Jahnert, R., Ertefai, T., Skrzypek, G., and Greenwood, P.F., 2014. Organic geochemical studies of modern microbial mats from Shark Bay – Part I. Influence of depth and salinity on lipid biomarkers and their isotopic signatures. Geobiology 12, 469-487.

Pagès, A., Welsh, D.T. Teasdale, P.R. Grice, K., Vacher, M., Bennett, W.W. and Visscher, P.T. 2014. Diel fluctuations in solute distributions and biogeochemical cycles in hypersaline microbial mats from Shark Bay, Western Australia. Marine chemistry, 167: 102-112.

Turner, N., Jones, M., Grice, K., Dawson, D., Ioppolo-Armanios, M., Fisher, S.J. 2006. δ13C of volatile organic compounds (VOCS) in Airborne Samples by thermal desorption-Gas Chromatography-Isotope-Ratio-Mass Spectrometry (TD-GC-IRMS). Atmospheric Environment40, 3381-3388.

Tulipani, S., Grice, K., Krull, E., Greenwood, P.F.M., and Revill, A.T., 2014. Salinity variations in the Northern Coorong Lagoon, South Australia: Significant changes in the Ecosystem following human changes to the natural water regime. Organic Geochemistry 42, 387-398

Vitzthum von Eckstaedt, C.Grice, K., Ioppolo-Armanios, M., Chidlow, G., Jones, M., 2011. Method development for analysing δD and δ13C of atmospheric VOCs by thermal desorption-compound specific isotope analysis. Journal of Chromatography A 37, 6511-6517.

Vitzthum von Eckstaedt, C.Grice, K., Ioppolo-Armanios M., Jones M., 2011. δ13C and δD of volatile organic compounds in an alumina industry stack emission. Atmospheric Environment 45, 5477-5483.

Woltering, M., Atahan, P., Grice, K., Heijnis, H., Taffs, K., Dodson, J. 2014. Glacial and Holocene terrestrial temperature variability in subtropical east Australia as inferred from branched GDGT distributions in a sediment core from Lake McKenzie. Quaternary Research (US), 82, 132-145.