Kathryn Allen

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Kathryn Allen

Future Fellow
Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences

Room 427 , Geography

+61 3 6226 1792 (phone)

In 2021 I began a Future Fellow in the School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences at the University of Tasmania. My Future Fellowship will compile and analyse a 2000-year palaeoclimate record of single event and complex climate extremes to provide a long-term context for observed changes in climate extremes over recent decades. This analysis will generate new knowledge about long-term variability in the frequency and magnitude of climate extremes that occur on seasonal – decadal time scales. It will also provide information about complex extremes involving multiple types of impacts (such as drought followed by flood, or simultaneous drought and fire).  This kind of information can then be incorporated into risk estimates for the impacts of climate extremes on Australian government and industry infrastructure.


I was awarded my PhD in 1999.  For the next 9 years I worked in a variety of non-academic roles, including local and state government, industry and teaching (secondary and tertiary). I returned to an academic role part time in 2008, briefly at Utas as a Research Associate and then as a post-doctoral researcher in Biological Sciences at Monash University for the next five years.  In 2014 I transferred to the University of Melbourne where I have worked as post-doctoral researcher within the School of Ecosystem and Forest Science up until my commencement of a Future Fellowship within the School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences at the University of Tasmania. During the last 11 years, I have worked with a variety of highly motivated, supportive and enthusiastic scientists within the climate and palaeosciences communities. To date, much of my work has focussed on reconstructing past climate using tree-rings.

Career summary



Thesis title



Date of award


A Dendroclimatological Investigation of Phyllocladus aspleniifolius (Labill.) Hook. f.

University of Tasmania



Graduate Diploma of Environmental Studies (Honours)

An Empirical Orthogonal Function and Spectral Analysis of Tasmanian Rainfall

University of Tasmania



Graduate Diploma Education (Secondary)


University of New England



Bachelor of Economics


University of New England



Languages (other than English)

Indonesian (rudimentary)


Professional practice

    • Co-chair, Tasmanian branch of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
    • Board member, International Tree Ring Databank
    • Member, Tree-ring Society
    • Member, Australasian Quaternary Association
    • Region V Representative on the International Forum for Meteorological Societies


    • Member of the editorial board of the journal Global and Planetary Change.


Teaching expertise

I have taught at secondary and tertiary levels. At the tertiary level I have taught introductory statistics and economics to both undergraduate and post graduate students.

Research Appointments

2014 – 2021 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

2009 – 2014 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Monash University

Research Invitations

2019 Invited speaker, Australian Drought workshop, Melbourne

2018 Keynote speaker, World Dendro, Bhutan

2010 Invited speaker, International Wood Collector’s Society, Tasmania

2018 Scientific Committee, Fieldweek group leader, World Dendro Bhutan

2014 Organising committee, World Dendro, Melbourne

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My primary expertise is in dendrochronology and palaeoclimatology. The following fields of research are relevant:

Palaeoclimatology (370904)

Quaternary Environments (370905)

Natural Hazards (370903)

Forest ecosystems (300703)

Palaeoecology (310306)

Historical archaeology (430107)

Environmental history (430307)

Research objectives

Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences (280107)

Understanding climate change (190599)

Adaptation to climate change not elsewhere classified (190199)

Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)

Climatological hazards (e.g. extreme temperatures, drought and wildfire (190401)

Climate variability (excl. social impacts) (190502)

Atmospheric processes and dynamics (180103)

Research Themes

My work improves our understanding of past environments, and the implications of this knowledge for future land management practices and infrastructure design. As such, my research is aligned with three UTAS research themes, including Environment, Resources and Sustainability; and Data, Knowledge and Decisions.


I have collaborated widely with palaeoclimatologists, climate modellers and ecologists both nationally and internationally, and I have active collaborations with high profile researchers in North and South America, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. I have worked with industry as well as academic colleagues. My Future Fellowship will further extend this international collaborative network, especially with palaeooclimate scientists.

Current projects

My Future Fellowship will focus on extracting long term records of climate extremes, including compound climate extremes, from a global database of palaeoclimate records.  This long and spatially extensive record will better inform estimates of risks of climate extremes.  It will also better contexturalise current changes in frequency and magnitude of extremes in the short observational record.

Fields of Research

  • Palaeoclimatology (370904)
  • Climatology (370202)
  • Plant physiology (310806)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Terrestrial ecology (310308)
  • Biogeography and phylogeography (310402)
  • Natural hazards (370903)
  • Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting) (360201)
  • Other creative arts and writing (369999)
  • Palaeoecology (310306)
  • Environmental history (430307)
  • Social and political philosophy (500321)
  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Forest ecosystems (300703)
  • Climate change processes (370201)
  • Life histories (310408)
  • Forestry product quality assessment (300708)
  • Forestry fire management (300706)
  • Social geography (440610)
  • Plant biology (310899)
  • Environmental biogeochemistry (410501)
  • Ecosystem function (410203)
  • Climate change science (370299)
  • Geochronology (370502)
  • Bioinformatic methods development (310201)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community (450599)
  • Historical archaeology (incl. industrial archaeology) (430107)
  • Public health (420699)
  • Physical geography and environmental geoscience (370999)
  • Landscape ecology (410206)

Research Objectives

  • Climate variability (excl. social impacts) (190502)
  • Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences (280107)
  • Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts) (190504)
  • Other culture and society (139999)
  • Native forests (260204)
  • Climatological hazards (e.g. extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires) (190401)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Climate change models (190501)
  • Expanding knowledge in psychology (280121)
  • Literature (130203)
  • Heritage (130499)
  • Terrestrial systems and management (180699)
  • Understanding the impact of natural hazards caused by climate change (190508)
  • Other environmental policy, climate change and natural hazards (199999)
  • Social impacts of climate change and variability (190103)
  • Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems (180301)
  • Conserving natural heritage (130404)
  • Adaptation to climate change (190199)
  • Surface water quantification, allocation and impact of depletion (180308)
  • Other health (209999)
  • Understanding climate change (190599)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artefacts (210401)
  • Higher education (160102)
  • Natural hazards (190499)
  • Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems (180403)


My published work is largely within the palaeoclimate sphere, and most deals with the use of tree-rings to reconstruct past climate.  I have also been involved with archaeological work in Australia. Some recent important contributions include multi-author descriptions of databases, or approaches to archiving palaeoclimate information, as well as a recent tree-ring drought reconstruction for the Australian tropics.

Total publications


Journal Article

(59 outputs)
2022Allen K, Stewart SB, Tozer C, Richardson D, Nitschke C, et al., 'Reconstructing seasonal fire danger in southeastern Australia using tree rings', International Journal of Wildland Fire, 31, (6) pp. 559-571. ISSN 1049-8001 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WF21072 [eCite] [Details]


2022Allen KJ, Nichols SC, Evans R, Baker PJ, 'Characteristics of a multi-species conifer network of wood properties chronologies from Southern Australia', Dendrochronologia: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Tree Ring Science, 76 Article 125997. ISSN 1125-7865 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2022.125997 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Nichols SC


2022Allen KJ, Reide F, Gouramanis C, Keenan B, Stoffel M, et al., 'Coupled insights from the palaeoenvironmental, historical and archaeological archives to support social-ecological resilience and the sustainable development goals', Environmental Research Letters, 17, (5) Article 055011. ISSN 1748-9326 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac6967 [eCite] [Details]


2022Cook BI, Smerdon JE, Cook ER, Williams AP, Anchukaitis KJ, et al., 'Megadroughts in the Common Era and the Anthropocene', Nature Reviews. Earth & Environment pp. 1-17. ISSN 2662-138X (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s43017-022-00329-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1


2022Drew DM, Allen K, Downes GM, 'Dynamics of seasonal growth in a long-lived southern hemisphere conifer are linked to early season temperature', Dendrochronologia, 72 Article 125933. ISSN 1125-7865 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2022.125933 [eCite] [Details]


2022Goodwin MJ, Verdon-Kidd DC, Hua Q, English NB, Haines HA, et al., 'Hydroclimate proxies for eastern Australia using stable isotopes in grey mangroves (Avicennia marina)', Global and Planetary Change, 208 Article 103691. ISSN 0921-8181 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2021.103691 [eCite] [Details]


2022Mocatta G, Allen K, Beyer K, 'Towards a conceptual framework for place-responsive climate-health communication', The Journal of Climate Change and Health, 7 Article 100176. ISSN 2667-2782 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.joclim.2022.100176 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Mocatta G; Beyer K


2022Stewart SB, Fedrigo M, Kasel S, Roxburgh SH, Choden K, et al., 'Predicting plant species distributions using climate-based model ensembles with corresponding measures of congruence and uncertainty', Diversity and Distributions, 28, (5) pp. 1105-1122. ISSN 1366-9516 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ddi.13515 [eCite] [Details]


2021Allen KJ, Vernon-Kidd DC, Sippo JZ, Baker PJ, 'Compound climate extremes driving recent sub-continental tree mortality in northern Australia have no precedent in recent centuries', Scientific Reports, 11 Article 18337. ISSN 2045-2322 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-97762-x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1


2021Buntgen Ulf, Allen K, Anchukaitis KJ, Arseneault D, Boucher A, et al., 'The influence of decision-making in tree ring-based climate reconstructions', Nature Communications, 12, (1) Article 3411. ISSN 2041-1723 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-23627-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22


2021Gillen J, Costelloe JF, Allen KJ, Fallon SJ, Peel MC, et al., 'Can riparian eucalypts be used for hydroclimatic reconstruction? The case for Eucalyptus coolabah to define palaeo-flood events', Journal of Arid Environments, 184 Article 104301. ISSN 0140-1963 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2020.104301 [eCite] [Details]


2021O'Donnell AJ, Renton M, Allen K, Grierson PF, 'The role of extreme rain events in driving tree growth across a continental-scale climatic range in Australia', Ecography pp. 1-12. ISSN 0906-7590 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ecog.05671 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2021O'Donnell AJ, Renton M, Allen KJ, Grierson PF, 'Tree growth responses to temporal variation in rainfall differ across a continental-scale climatic gradient', PLoS One, 16, (5) Article e0249959. ISSN 1932-6203 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0249959 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2


2021Read J, Sanson GD, Burd M, Allen K, Hua Q, et al., 'Population age structures, persistence and flowering cues in Cerberiopsis candelabra (Apocynaceae), a long-lived monocarpic rain-forest tree in New Caledonia', Journal of Tropical Ecology, 37, (6) pp. 236-275. ISSN 0266-4674 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0266467421000389 [eCite] [Details]


2021Wilson R, Allen K, Baker P, Blake S, Boswijk G, et al., 'Evaluating the dendroclimatological potential of blue intensity on multiple conifer species from Australasia', Biogeosciences, 18, (24) pp. 1-41. ISSN 1726-4170 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/bg-2021-119 [eCite] [Details]


2021Wilson R, Allen K, Baker P, Boswijk G, Buckley B, et al., 'Evaluating the dendroclimatological potential of blue intensity on multiple conifer species from Tasmania and New Zealand', Biogeosciences, 18, (24) pp. 6393-6421. ISSN 1726-4170 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/bg-18-6393-2021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2020Allen KJ, Freund MB, Palmer JG, Simkin R, Williams L, et al., 'Hydroclimate extremes in a north Australian drought reconstruction asymmetrically linked with Central Pacific Sea surface temperatures', Global and Planetary Change, 195 Article 103329. ISSN 0921-8181 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2020.103329 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7


2020Allen KJ, Hope P, Lam D, Brown JR, Wasson RJ, 'Improving Australia's flood record for planning purposes - can we do better?', Australian Journal of Water Resources, 24, (1) pp. 36-45. ISSN 1324-1583 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13241583.2020.1745735 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2020Spry C, Hayes E, Allen K, Long A, Paton L, et al., 'Wala-gaay Guwingal: A twentieth century Aboriginal culturally modified tree with an embedded stone tool', Australian Archaeology, 86, (1) pp. 3-20. ISSN 0312-2417 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2020.1769912 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3


2019Allen KJ, Anchukaitis KJ, Grose MG, Lee G, Cook ER, et al., 'Tree-ring reconstructions of cool season temperature for far southeastern Australia, 1731-2007', Climate Dynamics, 53, (1-2) pp. 569-583. ISSN 0930-7575 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00382-018-04602-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Lee G


2019Allen KJ, Brookhouse M, French BJ, Nichols SC, Dahl B, et al., 'Two climate-sensitive tree-ring chronologies from Arnhem Land, monsoonal Australia', Austral Ecology, 44, (4) pp. 581-596. ISSN 1442-9993 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/aec.12699 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: French BJ; Prior LD; Bowman DMJS


2019Hope G, Mooney SD, Allen K, Baker P, Keaney B, et al., 'Science through time: understanding the archive at Rennix Gap Bog, a sub-alpine peatland in Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, Australia', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 141 pp. 25-47. ISSN 1839-7263 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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2019Khider D, Emile-Geay J, McKay NP, Gil Y, Garijo D, et al., 'PaCTS 1.0: a crowdsourced reporting standard for paleoclimate data', Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 34, (10) pp. 1570-1596. ISSN 2572-4517 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2019PA003632 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Hobbs W; Phipps SJ


2019Schneider L, Allen K, Walker M, Morgan C, Haberle S, 'Using tree rings to track atmospheric mercury pollution in Australia: the legacy of mining in Tasmania', Environmental Science and Technology, 53, (10) pp. 5697-5706. ISSN 0013-936X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b06712 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 22


2019Verdon-Kidd D, Beatty R, Allen K, 'Planning urban water system responses to megadrought', Water e-Journal, 4, (3) pp. 1-11. (2019) [Professional, Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.21139/wej.2019.020 [eCite] [Details]


2018Allen KJ, Cook ER, Evans R, Francey R, Buckley BM, et al., 'Lack of cool, not warm, extremes distinguishes late 20th Century climate in 979-year Tasmanian summer temperature reconstruction', Environmental Research Letters, 13, (3) Article 034041. ISSN 1748-9318 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aaafd7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13


2018Allen KJ, Villalba R, Lavergne A, Palmer JG, Cook EC, et al., 'A comparison of some simple methods used to detect unstable temperature responses in tree-ring chronologies', Dendrochronologia, 48 pp. 52-73. ISSN 1125-7865 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2018.02.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12


2018Karoly DJ, Allen KJ, Baker PJ, 'Interactive comment on 'Technical Note: Open-paleo-data implementation pilot - The PAGES 2k special issue' by Darrell Kaufman and PAGES 2k special-issue editorial team', Climate of the Past Discussions pp. 1-5. ISSN 1814-9340 (2018) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.5194/cp-2017-157-SC2 [eCite] [Details]


2017Allen KJ, Fenwick P, Palmer JG, Nichols SC, Cook ER, et al., 'A 1700-year Athrotaxis selaginoides tree-ring width chronology from southeastern Australia', Dendrochronologia, 45 pp. 90-100. ISSN 1125-7865 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2017.07.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9


2017Allen KJ, Nichols SC, Evans R, Allie S, Carson G, et al., 'A 277 year cool season dam inflow reconstruction for Tasmania, southeastern Australia', Water Resources Research, 53, (1) pp. 400-414. ISSN 0043-1397 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/2016WR018906 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Lee G


2017Emile-Geay J, McKay NP, Kaufman DS, von Gunten L, Wang J, et al., 'A global multiproxy database for temperature reconstructions of the Common Era', Scientific Data, 4 Article 170088. ISSN 2052-4463 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2017.88 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 122Web of Science - 182

Co-authors: Curran MAJ; Phipps SJ; Moy AD


2017Freund M, Henley BJ, Karoly DJ, Allen KJ, Baker PJ, 'Multi-century cool- and warm-season rainfall reconstructions for Australia's major climatic regions', Climate of the Past, 13, (12) pp. 1751-1770. ISSN 1814-9324 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/cp-13-1751-2017 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 45Web of Science - 43


2017Hessl A, Allen KJ, Vance T, Abram NJ, Saunders KM, 'Reconstructions of the southern annular mode (SAM) during the last millennium', Progress in Physical Geography, 41, (6) pp. 834-849. ISSN 0309-1333 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0309133317743165 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Vance T


2017Nitschke CR, Nichols S, Allen K, Dobbs C, Livesley SJ, et al., 'The influence of climate and drought on urban tree growth in southeast Australia and the implications for future growth under climate change', Landscape and Urban Planning, 167 pp. 275-287. ISSN 0169-2046 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2017.06.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 40Web of Science - 41


2017Palmer JG, Cook ER, Turney CSM, Allen K, Fenwick P, et al., 'Reply to Comment on 'Drought variability in the eastern Australia and New Zealand summer drought atlas (ANZDA, CE 1500-2012) modulated by the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation'', Environmental Research Letters, 12, (6) Article 068002. ISSN 1748-9318 (2017) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa7281 [eCite] [Details]


2016Cook BI, Palmer JG, Cook ER, Turney CSM, Allen K, et al., 'The paleoclimate context and future trajectory of extreme summer hydroclimate in eastern Australia', Journal of Geophysical Research, 121, (21) pp. 12,820-12,838. ISSN 0148-0227 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/2016JD024892 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 18


2016O'Donnell AJ, Allen K, Evans RM, Cook ER, Trouet V, et al., 'Wood density provides new opportunities for reconstructing past temperature variability from southeastern Australian trees', Global and Planetary Change, 141 pp. 1-11. ISSN 0921-8181 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2016.03.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13


2015Allen KJ, Lee G, Ling F, Allie S, Willis M, et al., 'Palaeohydrology in climatological context: Developing the case for use of remote predictors in Australian streamflow reconstructions', Applied Geography, 64 pp. 132-152. ISSN 0143-6228 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.09.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Lee G


2015Allen KJ, Nichols SC, Evans R, Cook ER, Allie S, et al., 'Preliminary December-January inflow and streamflow reconstructions from tree rings for western Tasmania, southeastern Australia', Water Resources Research, 51, (7) pp. 5487-5503. ISSN 0043-1397 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/2015WR017062 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 34


2015Palmer JG, Cook ER, Turney CSM, Allen K, Fenwick P, et al., 'Drought variability in the eastern Australia and New Zealand summer drought atlas (ANZDA, CE 1500-2012) modulated by the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation', Environmental Research Letters, 10, (12) Article 124002. ISSN 1748-9326 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/124002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 107Web of Science - 100


2014Allen KJ, Cook ER, Buckley BM, Larsen SH, Drew DM, et al., 'Continuing upward trend in Mt Read Huon pine ring widths - Temperature or divergence?', Quaternary Science Reviews, 102 pp. 39-53. ISSN 0277-3791 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.08.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Downes GM


2013Allen KJ, Drew DM, Downes G, Evans R, Cook ER, et al., 'A strong regional temperature signal in low-elevation Huon pine', Journal of Quaternary Science, 28, (5) pp. 433-438. ISSN 0267-8179 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/jqs.2637 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18

Co-authors: Downes G; Battaglia M


2013Drew DM, Allen K, Downes GM, Evans R, Battaglia M, et al., 'Wood properties in a long-lived conifer reveal strong climate signals where ring-width series do not', Tree Physiology, 33, (1) pp. 37-47. ISSN 0829-318X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tps111 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 73Web of Science - 68

Co-authors: Downes GM; Battaglia M


2013Heinrich I, Allen K, 'Current issues and recent advances in Australian dendrochronology: Where to next?', Geographical Research, 51, (2) pp. 180-191. ISSN 1745-5863 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2012.00786.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 22


2012Allen K, Drew DM, Downes GM, Evans R, Baker P, et al., 'Ring width, climate and wood density relationships in two long-lived Tasmanian tree species', Dendrochronologia, 30, (2) pp. 167-177. ISSN 1125-7865 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2010.12.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Downes GM; Grose MR


2012Gergis J, Gallant AJE, Braganza K, Karoly DJ, Allen K, et al., 'On the long-term context of the 1997-2009 'Big Dry' in South-Eastern Australia: Insights from a 206-year multi-proxy rainfall reconstruction', Climatic Change, 111, (3) pp. 923-944. ISSN 0165-0009 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0263-x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 97Web of Science - 92


2012Morrison M, Shepard E, McNaughton D, Allen K, 'New approaches to the archaeological investigation of culturally modified trees: a case study from western Cape York Peninsula', Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia, 35 pp. 17-51. ISSN 1034-4438 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2012Villalba R, Lara A, Masiokas MH, Urrutia R, Luckman BH, et al., 'Unusual Southern Hemisphere tree growth patterns induced by changes in the Southern Annular Mode', Nature Geoscience, 5, (11) pp. 793-798. ISSN 1752-0894 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/ngeo1613 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 169Web of Science - 171

Co-authors: Holz A


2011Allen KJ, Ogden J, Buckley BM, Cook ER, Baker PJ, 'The potential to reconstruct broadscale climate indices associated with southeast Australian droughts from Athrotaxis species, Tasmania', Climate Dynamics, 37, (9-10) pp. 1799-1821. ISSN 0930-7575 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00382-011-1011-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 36


2011Coppleman J, Browning J, Mazin T, Franklin S, Fielding J, et al., 'Eucalypt growth-ring research and tree ages at Warra 17B, Southern Tasmania', Tasforests, 19 pp. 1-13. ISSN 1033-8306 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2011Pearson S, Hua Q, Allen K, Bowman DMJS, 'Validating putatively cross-dated Callitris tree-ring chronologies using bomb-pulse radiocarbon analysis', Australian Journal of Botany, 59, (1) pp. 7-17. ISSN 0067-1924 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/BT10164 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 25

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS


2011von Platen J, Kirkpatrick JB, Allen KJ, 'Fire frequency variation in south-eastern Tasmanian dry eucalypt forest 1740-2004 from fire scars', Australian Forestry, 74, (3) pp. 180-189. ISSN 0004-9158 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00049158.2011.10676361 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Kirkpatrick JB


2010Wood SW, Hua Q, Allen KJ, Bowman DMJS, 'Age and growth of a fire prone Tasmanian temperate old-growth forest stand dominated by Eucalyptus regnans, the world's tallest angiosperm', Forest Ecology and Management, 260, (4) pp. 438-447. ISSN 0378-1127 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2010.04.037 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 58Web of Science - 55

Co-authors: Wood SW; Bowman DMJS


2008Cubit S, Allen KJ, Parham D, Felton K, 'Mid-Nineteenth Century Alpine Grazing Structures on the Central Plateau', Tasmanian Historical Research Association Papers and Proceedings, 55, (2) pp. 73-85. ISSN 0039-9809 (2008) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Cubit S

2002Allen KJ, 'The temperature response in the ring widths of Phyllocladus Aspleniifolius (celery-top pine) along an altitudinal gradient in the Warra LTER area, Tasmania', Australian Geographical Studies, 40, (3) pp. 287-299. ISSN 0004-9190 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8470.00181 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10


2001Allen KJ, 'The potential for dendroclimatology in the Warra LTER Site, Tasmania', Tasforests, 13, (1) pp. 77-86. ISSN 1033-8306 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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2001Allen KJ, Cook ER, Francey RJ, Michael KJ, 'The climatic response of Phyllocladus aspleniifolius (Labill.) Hook. f in Tasmania', Journal of Biogeography, 28, (3) pp. 305-316. ISSN 0305-0270 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2699.2001.00546.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 33Web of Science - 29

Co-authors: Michael KJ


2000D'Arrigo R, Cook E, Villalba R, Buckley B, Salinger J, et al., 'Trans-Tasman Sea climate variability since AD 1740 inferred from middle to high latitude tree ring data', Climate Dynamics, 16 pp. 603-610. ISSN 0930-7575 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s003820000070 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12


1999Allen KJ, Francey R, Michael KJ, Nunez M, 'A structural time series approach to the reconstruction of Tasmanian maximum temperatures', Environmental Modelling & Software, 14, (4) pp. 261-274. ISSN 1364-8152 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(98)00078-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Michael KJ; Nunez M



(1 outputs)
2020Allen K, 'Dendroecology: principles and practice, by Richard Phipps and Thomas Yanosky, Plantation, FL, J. Ross Publishing, 2020, 242 pp., $168.50 (hardcover), ISBN-13: 978-1-60427-145-4', Australian Forestry, 83, (2) pp. 99-100. ISSN 0004-9158 (2020) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1080/00049158.2020.1771649 [eCite] [Details]


Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
2018Verdon-Kidd D, Allen K, Goodwin M, Baker P, Allie S, 'The potential for tree ring hydrologic reconstructions in Australia - what does the future hold?', Proceedings of the 2018 Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, 3-6 December 2018, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 884-900. ISBN 9781925627183 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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1998Allen KJ, 'A Structural Time Series Approach to Dendroclimatology: phyllocladus aspleniifolius', Second Joint Conference: Institute of Australian Geographers and New Zealand Geographical Society, January 28-31 1997, Hobart, pp. 392-396. ISSN 1174-7250 (1998) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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1997Allen KJ, Francey R, Michael KJ, Nunez M, 'A Structural Time Series Temperature Reconstruction in Dendroclimatology', Modsim 97, 8-11 Dec 97, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 36-41. ISBN 0864228252 (1997) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Michael KJ; Nunez M

Major Creative Work

(2 outputs)
1997Allen KJ, 'East Coast Town', Hilltop Publications, Melbourne, pp. 20 (1997) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1996Allen KJ, 'Old Timer On The Wine', Famous Reporter, Walleah Press, Hobart, pp. 132-133 (1996) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Other Creative Work

(4 outputs)
2002Allen KJ, 'Australia let us rejoice', Walleah Press and Arts Tasmania, ISSN 0819-5978, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1 (2002) [Minor Creative Work]

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1997Allen KJ, 'East Coast Town', Gathering Force (10), Hilltop Publications, ISSN 1322-8420, Colac, Victoria, pp. 20 (1997) [Minor Creative Work]

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1996Allen KJ, 'Old Timer On The Wine', Famous Reporter #12, Walleah Press & Arts Tasmania, ISSN 0819-5978, Tasmania, pp. 132-133 (1996) [Minor Creative Work]

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1992Thorn T, Allen K, 'Lozenge', Cornford Press, Launceston, pp. 58 (1992) [Minor Creative Work]

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Grants & Funding

  • 2019 William Stone Trust Fund (University of Melbourne). Developing the potential for multi-centennial hydroclimate records in the NSW Snowy Mountains ($26,891)
  • 2018 National Geographic Grant NGS 50844R-18 Two pines, two seasons and two millennia of Austral climate change ($26,187USD)
  • 2018 ANSTO grant ALNGRA 11952: Investigating the potential of the grey mangrove as a source of palaeoclimate information ($12,900).
  • 2014 ANSTO grant ALNGRA 14028: Developing elemental tree-ring chronologies from multiple Tasmanian species for climate reconstruction ($13,905)
  • 2009 Herman-Slade Foundation: Unlocking century-scale climate signals using daily stem growth and wood property responses in native Tasmanian rainforests ($72,500)

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



The longevity of Macadamia trees. (2022)$0
In this project we aim to determine whether we can identify and use growth bands in Macadamia trees to help determine tree age. We will use 14C - AMS dating to verify this. These dates will also enable an initial investigation of growth trajectories through time. The application is for access to ANSTO facilities and expertise, not for direct funding. It will be done in collaboration with experts in Macadamia research and conservation.
Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation ($0)
Grant-Access to Major Research Facilities Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Allen KJ
Collaborative Proposal: Understanding Trans-Hemispheric Modes of Climate Variability: A Novel Tree-Ring Data Transect spanning the Himalaya to the Southern Ocean (2021 - 2023)$1,200,000
This project will re-analyse existing tree-ring samples from selected sites in the Eastern Hemisphere using blue light, a surrogate for wood density. Wood density has been shown to contain a stronger climate signal than ring width and the aim of the project is to obtain and exploit this signal across a transect from the Himalayas to Tasmania/New Zealand in order to improve our understanding of past dynamics of ENSO and the IOD in particular, and climate variability across the region more generally.
National Science Foundation ($1,200,000)
Administered By
St Andrews University
Research Team
Wilson RJ; Allen KJ
2021 - 2023
Using past climate extremes to guide infrastructure planning for the future (2020 - 2023)$793,589
This project aims to analyse a 2000-year palaeoclimate record of single event and complex climate extremes toprovide a long-term context for observed changes in climate extremes over recent decades. This project expectsto generate new knowledge about long-term variability in the frequency and magnitude of climate extremes thatoccur on seasonal - decades time-scales. It also expects to provide information about complex extremes thatinvolve multiple types of impacts (e.g. drought followed by flood, simultaneous drought and fire). Expectedbenefits of the project include improved understanding of climate extremes and improved risk estimates for theimpacts of climate extremes on Australian government and industry infrastructure.
Australian Research Council ($793,589)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Allen KJ
2020 - 2023
Grant Reference
Using Dendrochronological Techniques and 14C Wiggle-matching to Determine the Age of an Old-growth Eucalyptus Regnans Stand in the Southern Forests of Tasmania (2009)$17,775
Australian Institute of Nuclear Science & Engineering ($17,775)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bowman DMJS; Allen KJ

Research Supervision

I have supervised, or am currently supervising, two PhD students, two masters students and three Honours students. Three of the students I am currently supervising are international students.  I have also supported a range of Honours and Masters students with fieldwork, sample preparation and developing appropriate analyses of tree-ring data.  I have hosted and supervised several international students undertaking short research projects and have directed and managed dendrochronological fieldweeks for domestic and international students.

I am currently looking for two PhD students to work on projects associated with climate extremes recorded in palaeoproxy records.  Prospective students should have strong quantitative skills, some experience with programming (e.g. R, Matlab, Python). A strong background in using the English language is also required (IETLS ≥ 7). Experience with working with at least one kind of palaeo proxy record would be advantageous. If you are interested in palaeoclimate extremes and have the skills/attributes briefly outlined above, please feel free to contact me.


  • Shawn Cockrell (Masters, University of West Virginia 2021): Climate Response of High Elevation King Billy Pine on Mount Read, Tasmania, Australia
  • Matthew Goodwin (Honours, University of Newcastle 2019): Assessing the dendroclimatic potential of the grey mangrove (Avicennia marina) in new South Wales, Australia
  • Raquel Russo (Honours, Australian Catholic University 2017)


  • Thiet van Nyugen (PhD) University of Melbourne
  • Karma Tenzin (Masters) University of Melbourne
  • Andrew Adrianaase-Tiucker (Honours, Central Queensland University)




PhDA History and Interpretation of Fire Frequency in Dry Eucalypt Forests and Woodlands of Eastern Tasmania
Candidate: Julie Kaye von Platen