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Malcolm McCulloch

Professor Malcolm McCulloch

ARC Laureate Fellow
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
The University of Western Australia (M470)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 1921

ARC Laureate Fellow
UWA Oceans Institute

Contact details
UWA Oceans Institute
The University of Western Australia (M470)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 1921
BAppSc MAppSc Curtin, PhD Calif.Tech.
Professor Malcolm McCulloch is an ARC Laureate Fellow undertaking research on the theme ‘Coral Reef Futures: a new paradigm for quantifying the resilience of marine calcifiers to ocean acidification and global change'. He is a member of ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and leader of the UWA node - Program 3: Responding to a changing world. In mid-2009 he was appointed to UWA as a Western Australian Premier’s Fellow. Professor McCulloch received his PhD from the Californian Institute of Technology (Caltech) and previously held an appointment at the Australian National University. He is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher and has published over 270 scientific papers in leading international journals including 26 in Science and Nature.
Key research
Research is broadly based and focuses on important contemporary issues such as:
• The impacts of CO2 driven climate change and ocean acidification on coral reefs
• Biogenic calcification and the role of pH up-regulation
• Quantifying anthropogenic sediment & nutrient fluxes and direct human activities on coral reefs
• Sea level, sea surface temperature and salinity changes in coral reefs
[304] 2017 Grotheer, H., Greenwood, P.F., McCulloch, M.T., Böttcher, M.E., Grice, K., δ 34S character of organosulfur compounds in kerogen and bitumen fractions of sedimentary rocks. Organic Geochemistry, 10 (2017) 60-64.
[303] 2017 D’Olivo, J.P., McCulloch, M.T. Response of coral calcification and calcifying fluid composition to thermally induced bleaching stress. Sci Rep. 2017; 7: 2207. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-02306-x.
[302] 2017 McCulloch, M.T., D’Olivo, J.P., Falter, J., Holcomb, M., Trotter, J. Coral calcification in a changing World and the interactive dynamics of pH and DIC upregulation. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15686.
[301] 2017 Clarke, H., J. P. D'Olivo, J. Falter, J. Zinke, R. Lowe, and M. McCulloch (2017), Differential response of corals to regional mass-warming events as evident from skeletal Sr/Ca and Mg/Ca ratios, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 18, doi:10.1002/2016GC006788.
[300] 2017 Cornwall, C. E. et al. Inorganic carbon physiology underpins macroalgal responses to elevated CO2. Sci. Rep. 7, 46297; doi: 10.1038/srep46297.
[299] 2017 Le Houedec, S., McCulloch, M.T., Trotter, J., Rankenburg, K. Conodont apatite δ 88/86 Sr and δ 44/40 Ca compositions and implications for the evolution of Palaeozoic to early Mesozoic seawater. Chemical Geology 453, 55-65.
[298] 2017 Hughes, T.P., Kerry, J.T., Álvarez-Noriega, M., Álvarez-Romero, J.G., Anderson, K.D., Baird, A.H., Babcock, R.C., Beger, M., Bellwood, D.R., Berkelmans, R., Bridge, T.C., Butler, I.R., Byrne, M., Cantin, N.E., Comeau, S., Connolly, S.R., Cumming, G.S., Dalton, S.J., Diaz-Pulido, D., Eakin, C.M., Figueira, W.F., Gilmour, R.P., Harrison, H.B., Heron, S.F., Hoey, A.S., Hobbs, J-P.A., Hoogenboom, M.O., Kennedy,E.V., Kuo, C-Y, Lough, J.M., Lowe, R.J., Liu, G., McCulloch, M.T., Malcolm, H.A., McWilliam, M.J., Pandolfi, J.M., Pears, R.J., Pratchettm M.S., Schoepf, V., Simpson, T., Skirving, W.J., Sommer, B., Torda, G., Wachenfeld, G.R., Willis, B.L., Wilson, S.K. Global warming and recurrent mass bleaching of corals. Nature 543 (7645), 373-377. DOI:10.1038/nature21707.

[297] 2016 Raddatz, J., Liebetrau, V., Trotter, J., Rüggeberg, A., Flögel, S., Dullo, W.C., Eisenhauer, A., Voigt, S., McCulloch, M. Environmental constraints on Holocene cold-water coral reef growth off Norway: Insights from a multiproxy approach. Paleoceanography, 31, 1350–1367, doi:10.1002/2016PA002974.
[296] 2016 Holcomb, M., DeCarlo, T.M., Gaetani, H.A., McCulloch, M. Factors affecting B/Ca ratios in synthetic aragonite. Chemical Geology 437, 67–76.
[295] 2016 Foster, T., Falter, J., McCulloch, M., Clode, P. Ocean acidification causes structural deformities in juvenile coral skeletons. Sci. Adv. 2, e1501130.
[294] 2016 Chen, X., Deng, W., Zhu, H., Zhang, Z., Wei, G., McCulloch, M. Assessment of coral δ44/40Ca as a paleoclimate proxy in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Chemical Geology Volume 435, Pages 71-78.

[293] 2015 Schoepf, V., Stat, M., Falter, J.L., McCulloch, M. Limits to thermal tolerance of corals adapted to a highly fluctuating, naturally extreme environment, Science Communications, (paper SREP-15-08096A)
[292] 2015 Tanaka, K., Holcomb, M., Takahashi, A., Kurihara, H., Asami, R., Shinjo. R., Sowa, K., Rankenburg, K., Watanabe, T., McCulloch, M. Response of Acropora digitifera to ocean acidification: constraints from δ11B, Sr, Mg, and Ba compositions of aragonitic skeletons cultured under variable seawater pH. Coral Reefs, 34: 1139–1149, DOI 10.1007/s00338-015-1319-6.
[291] 2015 Short, J., Foster, T., Falter, J.L., Kendrick, G.A., McCulloch, M.T. Crustose coralline algal growth, calcification and mortality following a marine heatwave in Western Australia. Continental Shelf Research 106 (2015) 38–44.
[290] 2015 Zinke J., Hoell, A., Lough, J.M., Feng, M., Kuret, A.J., Clarke, H., Ricca, C., Rankenburg, K., McCulloch, M.T. Coral record of southeast Indian Ocean marine heat waves with intensified Western Pacific temperature gradient. Nature Communications.
[289] 2015 Dandan, S.S., Falter, J. L., Lowe, R. J., McCulloch, M.T. Resilience of coral calcification to extreme temperature variations in the Kimberley region, Northwest Australia. Coral Reefs, DOI 10.1007/s00338-015-1335-6.
[288] 2015 Ayling, C., Chappell, J., Gagan, M., McCulloch, M.T. ENSO variability during MIS 11 (424-374 ka) from Tridacna gigas at Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea. Earth & Planetary Science Letters 431 (2015) 236-246.DOI 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.09.037.
[287] 2015 Georgiou, L., Falter, J.L., Trotter, J., Kline, D.I., Holcomb, M., Dove, S.G., Hoegh-Guldberg, O., McCulloch, M.T. pH homeostasis during coral calcification in a Free Ocean CO2 Enrichment (FOCE) experiment, Heron Island reef flat, Great Barrier Reef. PNAS. DOI 10.1073/pnas. 1505586112.
[286] 2015 Foster, T. , Gilmour, J.P., Chua, C.M., Falter, J.L., McCulloch, M.T. Effect of ocean warming and acidification on the early life stages of sub-tropical Acropora spicifera. Coral Reefs, DOI 10.1007/s00338-015-1342-7.
[285] 2015 D'Olivo, J. P., McCulloch, M. T., Eggins, S. M., and Trotter, J.: Coral records of reef-water pH across the central Great Barrier Reef, Australia: assessing the influence of river runoff on inshore reefs, Biogeosciences, 12, 1223-1236, doi:10.5194/bg-12-1223-2015, 2015.
[284] 2015 Ross, C., McCulloch, M.T., Schoepf, V., Falter, J., Perennial growth of hermatypic corals at Rottnest Island, Western Australia (32◦S). PeerJ 3:e781; DOI 10.7717/peerj.781
[283] 2015 Holcomb M., deCarlo T.M., Schoepf V., Dissard D., Tanaka K., McCulloch, M.T. Cleaning and pre-treatment procedures for biogenic and synthetic calcium carbonate powders for determination of elemental and boron isotopic compositions. Chemical Geology Volume 398, Pages 11–21.

[282] 2014 Schoepf V., McCulloch M.T., Warner M.E., Levas S.J., Matsui Y., Aschaffenburg, M., Grottoli, A. Short-Term Coral Bleaching Is Not Recorded by Skeletal Boron Isotopes. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112011. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112011.
[281] 2014 Holcomb, M., Rankenburg, K., McCulloch, M.T. High-precision MC-ICP-MS measurements of 11B: Matrix Effects in Direct Injection and Spray Chamber Sample Introduction Systems. RSC Detection Science Series No. 4 – Principles & Practice of Analytical Techniques in Geosciences. (Book chapter)
[280] 2014 McCulloch, M.T., Holcomb, M., Rankenburg, K., Trotter, J. Rapid, High-Precision Measurements of Boron Isotopic Compositions in Marine Carbonates. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. RCM-14-0263.
[279] 2014 Deng, W., Gangjian, W., McCulloch, M.T., Xie, L., Liu, Y., Zheng, T. Evaluation of annual resolution coral geochemical records as climate proxies in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Journal of the International Society for Reef Studies. Coral Reefs DOI 10.1007/s00338-014-1203-9.
[278] 2014 Greenwood, P., Amrani, A., Sessions, A., Raven, M.R., Holman, A., Dror, G., Grice, K., McCulloch, M.T., Adkins, J.F. Development and Initial Biogeochemical Applications of Compound-Specific Sulfur Isotope Analysis. Principles and Practice of Analytical Techniques in Geosciences, ed K. Grice. Royal Society of Chemistry (book chapter).
[277] 2014 Hendriks, I., Duarte, C., Olsen, Y., Steckbauer, A., Ramajo, L., Moore, T., Trotter, J., McCulloch, M.T. Biological mechanisms supporting adaptation to ocean acidification in coastal ecosystems. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Manuscript no. ECSS-D-14-00202R2.
[276] 2014 Foster, T., Short, J., Falter, J., Ross, C., McCulloch, M.T. Reduced calcification in Western Australian corals during anomalously high summer water temperatures. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.
[275] 2014 Falter, J., Zhang, Z., Lowe, R., McGregor, F., Kessing, J., McCulloch, M.T. Assessing the drivers of spatial variation in thermal forcing across a nearshore reef system and implications for coral bleaching. Limnol. Oceanogr., 59(4), 2014, 1241–1255
[274] 2014 Holcomb, M., Venn, A., Tambutte, E., Tambutte, S., Allemand, D., Trotter, J., McCulloch, M.T. Coral calcifying fluid pH dictates response to ocean acidification. Sci. Rep. 4, 5207; DOI:10.1038/srep05207
[273] 2014 Short, J., Kendric, G., Falter, J., McCulloch, M.T. Interactions between filamentous turf algae and coralline algae are modified under ocean acidification. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 456 (2014) 70-77
[272] 2014 Montagna, P., McCulloch, M.T., Douville, E., Correa, M.L., Trotter, J., Rodolfo-Metalpa, R., Dissard, D., Ferrier-Pages, C., Frant, N., Freiwald, A., Goldstein, S., Mazzoli, C., Reynaud, S., Ruggeberg, A., Russo, S., Taviani, M. Li/Mg systematics in scleractinian corals: Calibration of the thermometer. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 132 (2014) 288-310
[271] 2014 Zinke, J., Rountrey, A., Feng, M., Xie, S.P., Dissard, D., Rankenburg, K., Lough, J.M., McCulloch, M.T. Corals record long-term Leeuwin current variability including Ningaloo Nino/Nina since 1795. Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4607

[270] 2013 Zhang, Z., Falter, J., Lowe, R., Ivey, G., McCulloch, M.T. Atmospheric forcing intensifies the effects of regional ocean warming on reef-scale temperature anomalies during a coral bleaching event. J. Geophys. Res., Oceans DOI: 10.1002/jgrc.20338
[269] 2013 Walther B.D., Kingsford M.J., McCulloch M.T. Environmental records from Great Barrier Reef corals: Inshore versus offshore drivers. PLoS ONE 8 (10):e77091. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0077091
[268] 2013 D’Olivo, J.P., McCulloch, M.T., Judd, K. Long-term records of coral calcification across the central Great Barrier Reef: assessing the impacts of river runoff and climate change. Coral Reefs DOI 10.1007/s00338-013-1071-8.
[267] 2013 Tisnérat-Laborde, N., Montagna, P., McCulloch, M.T., Siani, G., Silenzi, S., Frank, N. A High-Resolution Coral-Based Δ14C Record of Surface Water Processes in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Radiocarbon 55 (3-4).
[266] 2013 Duarte, C., Hendriks, I., Moore, T., Olsen, Y., Steckbauer, A., Ramajo, L., Carstensen, J., Trotter, J., McCulloch, M.T. Is Ocean Acidification an Open-Ocean Syndrome? Understanding Anthropogenic Impacts on Marine pH. The H.D. Odum Synthesis Essay, Estuaries and Coasts (2013) 36:221-236 DOI 10.1007/s12237-013-9594-3.
[265] 2013 Falter, J.L., Lowe, R.J., Zhang, Z., McCulloch, M.T. Physical and Biological Controls on the Carbonate Chemistry of Coral Reef Waters: Effects of Metabolism, Wave Forcing, Sea Level, and Geomorphology. PLoS ONE 8(1): e53303. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053303.
[264] 2013 Grove, C. A., Zinke, J., Peeters, F., Park, W., Scheufen, T., Kasper, S., Randriamanantsoa, B., McCulloch, M.T., Brummer, G-J. Madagascar corals reveal a multidecadal signature of rainfall and river runoff since 1708.
Clim. Past, 9, 641–656, 2013, doi:10.5194/cp-9-641-2013. © Author(s) 2013. CC Attribution 3.0 License.

[263b] 2012 Dissard, D., Douville, E., Reynaud, S., Juillet-Leclerc, A., Montagna, P., Louvat, P., McCulloch, M.T. Light and temperature effects on delta 11B and B / Ca ratios of the zooxanthellate coral Acropora sp.: results from culturing experiments. Biogeosciences Discussions 9, 5969-6014
[263a] 2012 Dissard, D., Douville, E., Reynaud, S., Juillet-Leclerc, A., Montagna, P., Louvat, P., McCulloch, M.T. Light and temperature effects on delta 11B and B / Ca ratios of the zooxanthellate coral Acropora sp.: results from culturing experiments. Biogeosciences, 9, 4589–4605, 2012, doi:10.5194/bg-9-4589-2012
[262] 2012 McCulloch, M.T., Falter, J., Trotter, T., Montagna, P. Coral resilience to ocean acidification and global warming through pH up-regulation. Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1473.
[261] 2012 McCulloch, M.T., Trotter, J., Montagna, P., Falter, J., Dunbar, R., Freiwald, A., Försterra, G., Correa, M.L., Maier, C., Rüggeberg, A., Taviani, M. Resilience of Cold-Water Scleractinian Corals to Ocean Acidification: Boron Isotopic Systematics of pH and Saturation State Up-Regulation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2012.03.027.
[260] 2012 Grove, C.A., Zinke, J., Peeters, F., Park, W., Scheufen, T., Kasper, S., Randriamanantsoa, B., McCulloch, M. T., Brummer G-J. Madagascar corals reveal Pacific multidecadal modulation of rainfall since 1708. Climate of the Past Discuss., 8, 787–817, 2012. doi:10.5194/cpd-8-787-2012
[259] 2012 Gulson, B., Wong, H., Korsch, M., Gomez, L., Casey, P., McCall, M., McCulloch, M.T., Trotter, J., Stauber, J., Greenoak, G. Comparison of dermal absorption of zinc from different sunscreen formulations and differing UV exposure based on stable isotope tracing. Science of the Total Environment (2012), DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.12.046

[258] 2011 Bernal, J.P, Lachniet, M., McCulloch, M.T., Mortimer, G., Morales, P., Cienfuegos, E. A speleothem record of Holocene climate variability from southwestern Mexico. Quaternary Research 75 (2011) 104–11.
[257] 2011 Bell, E., Harrison, T.M., McCulloch, M.T. Early Archean crustal evolution of the Jack Hills Zircon source terrane inferred from Lu–Hf, 207Pb/206Pb, and d18O systematics of Jack Hills zircons. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75 (2011) 4816–4829
[256] 2011 G. Cabioch, C. C. Wallace, M. T. McCulloch, H. Zibrowius, P. Laboute, B. Richer de Forges. Disappearance of Acropora from the Marquesas (French Polynesia) during the last deglacial period. Coral Reefs (2011) 30:1101–1105, DOI 10.1007/s00338-011-0810-y
[255] 2011 S.E. Lewis, J.E. Brodie, M.T. McCulloch, J. Mallela, S.D. Jupiter, H. Stuart Williams, J.M. Lough, E.G. Matson. An assessment of an environmental gradient using coral geochemical records,Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin (2011), doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.09.030
[254] 2011 Hernández-Mendiola, E, Bernal, J.P., Lounejeva, E, Mortimer, G.E., McCulloch, M.T.. U-series dating of carbonates using inductively coupled plasma-quadrupole mass spectrometry. Quaternary Geochronology (2011) 1-10. DOI:10.1016/j.quageo.2011.09.001
[253] 2011Mason, H.E., Montagna, P., Kubista, L., Taviani, M., McCulloch, M., Phillips, B.L., Phosphate defects and apatite inclusions in coral skeletal aragonite revealed by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2011.10.002
[252] 2011 Iizuka, T., Nebel, O., McCulloch, M.T.. Tracing the provenance and recrystallization processes of the Earth's oldest detritus at Mt. Narryer and Jack Hills, Western Australia: An in situ Sm–Nd isotopic study of monazite. Tracing the provenance and recrystallization processes of the Earth's oldest detritus at Mt. Narryer and Jack Hills, Western Australia: An in situ Sm–Nd isotopic study of monazite. Earth & Planetary Science Letters. 308 (2011) 350–358
[251] 2011Iizuka, T., Eggins, S.M., McCulloch, M.T., Kinsley, L.P.J., Mortimer, G. Precise and accurate determination of 14Sm/144Nd and 143Nd/144Nd in monazite using laser ablation-MC-ICPMS. Chemical Geology [Chem. Geol.]. Vol. 282, no. 1-2, pp. 45-57. 7 Mar 2011.
[250] 2011 Walther, B.D., Dempster, T., Letnic M., McCulloch, M.T. Movements of Diadromous Fish in Large Unregulated Tropical Rivers Inferred from Geochemical Tracers. PLoS ONE April 2011 Vol 6 Issue 4 e18351. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018351
[249] 2011 Trotter, J., Montagna, P., McCulloch, M.T. Silenzi, S., Reynaud, S., Mortimer, G., Martin, S., Ferrier-Pages, C., Gattuso, J.P., Rodolfo-Metalpa, R.. Quantifying the pH ‘vital effect’ in the temperate zooxanthellate coral Cladocora caespitose: Validation of the boron seawater pH proxy. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 303 (2011) 163-73 DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.01.030

[248] 2010 Andersen, M.B., Stirling, C.J., Potter, E.K., Halliday, A.N., Blake, S.G., McCulloch, M.T., Ayling, B.F., O’Leary, M.J. The timing of sea-level high-stands during Marine Isotope Stages 7.5 and 9: Constraints from the uranium-series dating of fossil corals from Henderson Island. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. DOI:10.1016/j.gca.2010.03.020
[247] 2010 Walther, B.D., Kingsford, M.J., O’Callaghan, M.D., McCulloch M.T. Interactive effects of ontogeny, food ration and temperature on elemental incorporation in otoliths of a coral reef fish. Environ Biol Fish (2010) 89: 441-451 DOI 10.1007/s10641-010-9661-6
[246] 2010 Gulson, B., McCall, M., Korsch,M., Gomez, L., Casey, P., Oytam, Y., Taylor, A., McCulloch, M., Trotter, J., Kinsley, L., Greenoak, G., Small Amounts of Zinc from Zinc Oxide Particles in Sunscreens Applied Outdoors Are Absorbed through Human Skin Toxicological Sciences 118(1) 140-149(2010) doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfq243
[245] 2010 Grove, C.A., Nagtegaal, R., Zinke, J., Scheufen, T., Koster, B., Kaspoer, S., McCulloch, M.T., van den Bergh, G., Brummer, GJ.A. River runoff reconstructions from novel spectral luminescence scanning of massive coral skeleteons Coral Reefs (2010) 29: 579-591 DOi 10.1007/s00338-010-0629-y
[244] 2010 McCulloch, M.T., Taviani, M., Montagna, P., Lopez Correa, M., Remia, A., Mortimer, G. Proliferation and demise of deep-sea corals in the Mediterranean during the Younger Dryas. Earth and Planetary Science Letters EPSL-10509 DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.07.036
[243] 2010 Prouty, N.G., Field, M.E., Stock, J.D., Jupiter, S.D., McCulloch, M.T. Coral Ba/Ca records of sediment input to the fringing reef of the southshore of Moloka’i. Hawai’I over the last several decades. Marine Pollution Bulletin DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2010.05.024
[242] 2010 Houlbreque, F., McCulloch, M.T., Roark, B., Guilderson, T., Meibom, A., Kimball, J., Mortimer, G., Cuif, J.P., Dunbar, R. Uranium-series dating and growth characteristics of the deep-sea Scleractinian coral: Enallopsammia rostrata from the Equatorial Pacific. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2010.01.017
[241] 2010 Iizuka, T., McCulloch, M.T., Komiya, T., Shibuya, T., Ohta, K., Ozawa, H., Sugimura, E., Collerson, K.D. Monazite geochronology and geochemistry of meta-sediments in the Narryer Gneiss Complex, Western Australia: constraints on the tectonothermal history and provenance. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 160:803–823. DOI: 10.1007/s00410-010-0508-0

[240] 2009 Prouty, N.G., Jupiter, S.G., Field, M.E., McCulloch, M.T. Coral proxy record of decadal-scale reduction in base flow from Moloka’i, Hawaii. Geochemsitry Geophysics Geosystems Volume 10, Number 12 31 December 2009. Doi: 10.1029/2009GC002714
[239] 2009 Burgess, S.N., McCulloch, M.T., Mortimer, G., and Ward, T. M., Structure and growth rates of the high-latitude coral: Plesiatrea versipora.. Coral Reefs. (2009) 28:1005-1015 DOI 10.1007/s00338-009-0533-5
[238] 2009 Correa, M.L., Montagna, P., Vendrell, B., McCulloch, M.T., and Taviani, M. Stable isotopes (δ18O & δ13C), trace and minor element compositions of Recent scleractinians and Last Glacial bivalves at Santa Maria di Leuca deep-water coral province, Ionian Sea. Deep Sea Research II. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2009.08.016.
[237] 2009 Wei G., McCulloch M.T., Mortimer G., Deng, W., and Luhua X. Evidence for ocean acidification in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (2009) 73, 2332–2346.
[236] 2009 Dutton, A., Bard, E., Antonioly, F., Esat, T.M., Lambeck, K., McCulloch, M.T. Phasing and amplitude of Sea-level and climate change during the penultimate interglacial. Nature geosciences DOI: 10.1038/NGE0470
[235] 2009Morton, S.R., Hoegh-Guldberg, O., Lindenmayer, D. B., Harriss Olson, M., Hughes, L., McCulloch, M.T., McIntyre, S., Nix, H. A., Prober, S. M., Saunders, D. A., Andersen, A. N., Burgman, M. A., Lefroy, E. C., Lonsdale, W. M., Lowe, I., McMichael, A. J., Parslow, J. S., Steffen, W., Williams J. E., and. Woinarski, J. C. Z. The big ecological questions inhibiting effective environmental management in Australia. Austral Ecology, 34, 1–9. DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2008.01938.x
[234] 2009Magee, J., W., Miller, G.H., Spooner, N.A., Questiaux, D.G., McCulloch, M.T., Clark, P.A. Evaluating Quaternary dating methods: Radiocarbon, U-series, luminescence, and amino acid racemization dates of a late Pleistocene emu egg. Quaternary Geochronology 4, 84–92
[233] 2009 Dutton, A., Scicchitano, G., Monaco, C., Desmarchelier J.M., Antonioli, F., Lambeck, K., Esat, T.M., Fifield, McCulloch M.T., Mortimer, G. Uplift rates defined by U-series and 14C ages of serpulid-encrusted speleothems from submerged caves near Siracusa, Sicily (Italy). Quaternary Geochronology 4, 2–10.

[232] 2008 M.J. O’Leary, P.J. Hearty, M.T. McCulloch. Geomorphic evidence of major sea-level fluctuations during marine isotope substage-5e, Cape Cuvier, Western Australia Geomorphology 102(2008) 595-602
[231] 2008 Harris, P.,T., Heap, A.D., Marshall, J.F., and McCulloch M.T. A new coral reef province in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia: Colonisation, growth and submergence during the early Holocene. Marine Geology, 251, 85-97.
[230] 2008 Jupiter, S., Roff, G., Marion G., Henderson, M., Schrameyer, V., McCulloch, M.T. and Hoegh-Guldberg O. Linkages between coral assemblages and coral proxies of terrestrial exposure along a cross-shelf gradient on the southern Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs, 27, 887-903. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-008-0422-3
[229] 2008 McCulloch, M.T., Mortimer, G.,E., Applications of the 238U-230Th decay series to dating of fossil and modern corals using MC-ICPMS. Australian Journal of Earth Science, 55:6, 955-965. DOI: 10.1080/08120090802097435
[228] 2008 Wassan, R., Juyal, N., Jaiswal, M., McCulloch, M.T., Sarin, M., Jain, V., Srivastava, P., and Singhvi, A. The Mountain-lowland debate: deforestation and sediment transport in the Upper Ganga catchment. Journal of Environmental Management, 88, 53-61.
[227] 2008 Montagna, P., Silenzi, S.,Devoti, S., Mazzoli, C., McCulloch, M.T., Mazzoli, C., Scicchitano, G., and Taviani, M. Climate Reconstructions and Monitoring in the Mediterranean Sea: A Review on some Recently Discovered High-Resolution Marine Archives. Rendiconti Lincei- Scienze Fisiche e Naturali, 19,121-140.
[226] 2008 Harrison, T.M., Schmitt, A.K., McCulloch, M.T., and Lovera, O.M. Early (4.5 Ga) formation of terrestrial crust: Lu-Hf, 18O/16O, and Ti thermometry results for Hadean zircons. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 268, 476-486.
[225] 2008 Andersen, M.B., Stirling, C.H., Potter E-K., Halliday, A.N., Blake, S.G., McCulloch, M.T., Ayling, B.F., O’Leary, M. High-precision U-series measurements of more than 500,000 year old fossil corals near the upper U-series dating limit. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 265, 229–245.
[224] 2008 McGregor, H.V., Gagan, M.K., McCulloch, M.T., Hodge E., and Mortimer G. Mid-Holocene variability in the marine 14C reservoir age for northern coastal Papua New Guinea. Quaternary Geochronology, 3, 213–225.
[223] 2008 O’Leary, M.J., Hearty, P.J., McCulloch, M.T. U-series evidence for widespread reef development in Shark Bay during the last interglacial. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 259, 424–435.
[222] 2008 Hendy, E.J., Gagan. M.K., Lough, J.M., McCulloch, M.T., deMenocal, P.B., Impact of skeletal dissolution and secondary aragonite on trace element and isotopic proxies in Porites corals. Palaeoceanography, 22, PA4101,doi:10.1029/2007PA001462.

[221] 2007 Taviani, M., Corrrea, M.C., Zibrowius , H., Montagna, P., McCulloch, M.T, and Ligi, M. Last glacial deep-water corals from the Red Sea. Bulletin of Marine Science, 81(3), 361–370.
[220] 2007 Hearty, P.J., Hollin, J.T., Neumann, A.C., O’Leary M.J., McCulloch, M.T. Global sea-level fluctuations during the Last Interglaciation (MIS 5e). Quaternary Science Reviews. 26, 2090-2112. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2007.06.019
[219] 2007 Pickering, R., Hancox, P.J., Lee-Thorp, J.A, Grün, R., Mortimer, GE, McCulloch, M.T., and Berger, L.R. Stratigraphy, U-Th chronology, and paleoenvironments at Gladysvale Cave: insights into the climatic control of South African hominin-bearing cave deposits. Journal of Human Evolution, 53: 602-619.
[218] 2007 McFarlane, C., and McCulloch, M. Coupling of in-situ Sm-Nd systematic and U-Pb dating of monazite and allanite with applications to crustal evolution studies. Chemical Geology, 245: 45-60.
[217] 2007 Fleitmann, D., Dunbar, R., McCulloch, M.T., Mudelsee, M., Vuille, M., McClanahan, T., Cole, J., and Eggins, S. East African soil erosion recorded in a 300 year old coral colony from Kenya. Geophysical Research Letters, 34: L04401, doi:10.1029/2006GL028525.
[216] 2007 Abram, N., Gagan, M., Liu, Z., Hantoro, W., McCulloch, M.T., and Suwargadi, B. Seasonal characteristics of the Indian Ocean Dipole during Holocene epoch. Nature, 445 (18): 299-302.
[215] 2007 Morimoto, M., Kayanne, H., Abe, O., and McCulloch, M. Intensified mid-Holocene Asian monsoon recorded in corals from Kikai Island, subtropical northwestern Pacific. Quaternary Research, 67, (2): 204-214.
[214] 2007 Calvo, E., Marshall, J., Pelejero, C., McCulloch, M., Gagan, M., and Lough,J. Interdecadal climate variability in the Coral Sea since 1708 A.D. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 248 (1-2): 190-201.
[213] 2007 Montagna, P., McCulloch, M., Mazzoli, C., Silenzi, S., Odorico, R. The non-tropical coral Cladocora caespitosa as the new climate archive for the Mediterranean: high-resolution (weekly) trace element systematics. Quaternary Science Reviews, 26, (3-4): 441-462. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2006.09.008
[212] 2007 Aubert, M., O’Connor, S., M., McCulloch M.T., Mortimer, G., and Richer-LaFlèche, M. Uranium-series dating rock art in East Timor. Journal of Archaeological Science, 34: 991-996.
[211] 2006 Desmarchelier, J., Hellstrom, J., McCulloch, M. Rapid trace element analysis of speleothems by ELA-ICP-MS. Chemical Geology, 231(1-2): 102-117.

[210] 2006 Bernal, J.P, Eggins, S.M., McCulloch, M.T., Grün, R., Eggleton, R.A. Dating of chemical weathering processes by in situ measurement of U-series disequilibria in supergene Fe-oxy/hydroxides using LA-MC-ICPMS. Chemical Geology, 235: 76-94
[209] 2006 Pelejero, C., Calvo, E., McCulloch, M.T., Marshall, J.F., Gagan, M.K., Lough, J.M., Opdyke, B.N. Response to comment on “Preindustrial to modern interdecadal variability in coral reef pH”. Science, 314: 595c.
[208] 2006 Ayling, B., McCulloch, M.T., Gagan, M., Stirling, C., Andersen, M., Blake, S. Sr/Ca δ18O seasonality in a Porites coral from the MIS 9 (339-303 ka) interglacial. Earth and Planetary Science Letter, 248: 462-475.
[207] 2006 Grün, R., Eggins, S., Wells, R., Rhodes, E., Bestland, E., Spooner, N., Ayling, M. Forbes, M., and McCulloch, M. A cautionary tale from down under: dating the Black Creek Swamp megafauna site on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Quaternary Geochronology, 1: 142-150
[206] 2006 Montagna, P., McCulloch, M. T, Taviani, M., Mazzoli, C., and Vendrell, B. Phosporus in cold-water Corals as a proxy for seawater nutrient chemistry. Science, 312: 1788-1791.
[205] 2006 Grün, R., Maroto, J., Eggins, S., Stringer, C., Robertson, S., Taylor, L., Mortimer, G., and McCulloch, M. ESR and U-series analysis of enamel and dentine fragments of the Banyoles mandible. Journal of Human Evolution. 50 (3): 347-358.
[204] 2006 Norman, M.D., McCulloch, M.T., O’Meill, H. S., and Yaxley, G. M. Magnesium isotopic analysis of olivine by laser-ablation multi-collector ICP-MS: composition dependent matrix effects and a comparison of the Earth and Moon. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry. 21(1): 50-54.

[203] 2005 de Caritat, P., Kirste,D., Carr, G., McCulloch, M. Groundwater in the Broken Hill region, Australia: recognizing interaction with bedrock and mineralisation using S, Sr and Pb isotopes. Applied Geochemistry. 20: 767-787.
[202] 2005 Eggins, S.M., Grun, R., McCulloch, M.T., Pike, A. W.G., Chappell, J., Kinsley, L., Mortimer, G., Shelley, M., Murray-Wallace, C.V., Spotl, C., and Taylor, L. In situ U-series dating by laser-ablation multi-collector ICPMS: new prospects for Quaternary geochronology. Quaternary Science Reviews. 24: 2523-2538.
[201] 2005 Fallon, S.J., McCulloch, M.T., Guilderson, T.P., Interpreting environmental signals from the coralline sponge Astrosclera willeyana. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 228 58-69
[200] 2005 McCulloch, M.T., Cappo M., Aumend J., and Muller W. Tracing the life history of individual Barramundi using MC-ICP-MS Sr-isotopic and Sr/Ba ratios in otoliths, Marine and Freshwater Research. 56: 637-644.
[199] 2005 Bernal, J.P., S.M. Eggins, M.T. McCulloch, Accurate in situ 238U–234U–232Th–230Th analysis of silicate glasses and iron oxides by laser-ablation MC-ICP-MS. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry. 20(11): 1240-1249.
[198] 2005 Pelejero C., Calvo E., McCulloch, M.T., Gagan M.K., Marshall J.F., Lough J.M. and Opdyke B.N., Preindustrial to modern Interdecadal variability in coral reef pH. Science. 309: 2204-2207.
[197] 2005 Bryant, C.J., Chappell, B.W., Bnnett, V.C., McCulloch, M.T. Lithium isotopic compositions of the New England Batholith: correlations with inferred source rock compositions. Transactions: Earth Sciences, 95(1-2):p. 199-214
[196] 2005Montagno P., McCulloch, Taviani M., Remia A., Rouse G. High-resolution trace and minor element compositions in deep-water scleractinian corals -Desmophyllum dianthus- from the Mediterranean Sea and the Great Australian Bight.. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp 1109-1126. DOI: 10.1007/3-540-27673-4_56
[195] 2005 Roark, E.B., Guilderson, T.P., Flood-Page S., Dunbar, R.B., Ingram, B.L., Fallon S.J., and McCulloch, M.T. Radiocarbon-based ages and growth rates of bamboo corals from the Gulf of Alaska. Geophysical Research Letters. 32: L04606.
[194] 2005 Patterson, H.M., Kingsford, M.J. McCulloch, M.T. Resolution of the early life history of a reef fish using otolith chemistry. Coral Reefs (2005) 24: 222-229 DOI: 10.1007/s00338-004-0469-8
[193] 2005 Grun, R., Stringer C., McDermott F., Nathan R., Porat N., Robertson S., Taylor L., Mortimer G., Eggins S., McCulloch M. U-series and ESR analyses of bones and teeth relating to the human burials from Skhul. J. Human Evolution. 49: 316-334.

[192] 2004 Wasson, J.M., Caitcheon, G., Murray A.S., McCulloch, M.T., Quade J., Sourcing sediment using multiple tracers in the catchment of Lake Argyle Northwestern Australia. Environmental Management. 29: 634-646.
[191] 2004 Ayliffe, L.K., Bird, M.I., Gagan, M.K., Isdale, P.J., Scott-Gagan, H., Parker, B., Griffin, D., Nongkas, M. and McCulloch, M.T. Geochemistry of coral from Papua New Guinea as a proxy for ENSO ocean-atmosphere interactions in the Pacific Warm Pool. Continental Shelf Research. 19: 2343-2356.
[190] 2004 Sinclair, D.J., and McCulloch, M.T. Corals record low mobile barium concentrations in the Burdekin River during the 1974 flood: evidence for limited Ba supply to rivers? Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology. 214: 155-174.
[189] 2004 Patterson, H. M., Kingsford, M. J., McCulloch, M.T. Elemental signatures of Pomacentus coelestis otoliths at multiple spatial scales on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. 270: 229-239.
[188] 2004 Patterson, H. M., Kingsford, M. J., McCulloch, M.T. The influence of oceanic and lagoonal plume waters on otolith chemistry. Canadian J. Fish Aquatic Sci. 61: 899-904.
[187] 2004 Altherr R., Meyer H.P., Holl A., Volker F., Alibert C., McCulloch, M.T., Majer V. Geochemical and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic characteristics of late Cenozoic leucite lamproites from the East European Alpine belt (Macedonia and Yugoslavia). Contrib Mineral Petrol., 147: 58-73.
[186] 2004 Wyndham, T., McCulloch, M., Fallon, S., and Alibert, C., High resolution coral records of rare earth elements in coastal seawater: Biogeochemical cycling and a new environmental proxy. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 68: 2067-2080.
Funding received
2017 LE170100219 A multi-institutional environmental radioactivity research centre
Prof P Masque; Prof P Lavery; Prof B McInnes; Dr P Grierson; Prof M McCulloch; A/Prof C Sanders ; Dr P Macreadie; Prof P Boyd; A/Prof Z Chase; Prof C Lovelock; Prof R Connolly; Dr M Vanderklift

2015 LE150100139 Isotope analyser with delta17O capability to examine water fluxes
Dr G Skrzypek; Dr P Grierson; Dr P Edwards; Prof M McCulloch; Prof K Grice

2015 LE150100013 Laser ablation multiple split streaming
Dr A I Kemp; Prof M T McCulloch; Dr M Fiorentini; Prof T C McCuaig; Dr A W Rate; A/Prof C F Clark; Prof B Rasmussen; Dr N J Evans; Prof S M Reddy; Prof P A Bland; Dr T Raimondo; A/Prof N J Pearson; Dr E Belousova; Dr D E Jacob; Prof D Rubatto; Dr C Spandler; Dr S J Barnes

2015 LE150100139 Isotope analyser with delta170 capability to examine water fluxes
A/Prof G Skrzypek, A/Prof P Grierson, Dr P Edwards, Prof M McCulloch, Prof K Grice

2013 LE130100029 Ultra-trace analytical facility for earth system change
Dr P Edwards, A/Prof I Goodwin, Dr S Tessalina, Dr P Grierson, Prof P Nelson, Prof M McCulloch

2014 CE140100020 ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (ex JCU Townsville)
Prof T Hughes, Ms J Lappin, Prof G Jones, Prof R Pressey, Prof B Willis, Prof A Baird, Prof D Bellwood, Prof J Cinner, Prof N Graham, Prof O Hoegh-Guldberg, Dr M Hoogenboom, Prof M Kingsford, Prof M McCormick, Prof D Miller, Prof P Munday, Prof M Pratchett, Prof G Russ, Prof S Connolly, Prof J Pandolfi, Dr S Foret, Prof P Mumby, A/Prof S Dove, Prof M McCulloch, Prof R Lowe, Dr L McCook, Prof J Jackson, Dr S Planes, Prof S Palmbi, Dr J Lough, Prof M van Oppen, Prof N Andrew

2014 WAMSI West Australian Marine Science Institute
Past and future impacts of climate change on calcification on coral reefs and crustose coraline algae

2014 NERP National Environmental Research Program – Environmental Decisions Hub (ex UQ)
Boron Isotopes and ocean acidification, geochemistry and paleoclimatology
Prof M McCulloch, Dr J P D’Olivo Cordero

2015 (1-12/3/15) Perth Canyon: first deep sea exploration on board RV Falkor
Schmidt Ocean Institute
Prof M McCulloch et al

2013 NCB Net Conservation Benefits Program (CSIRO): 3 projects:
Coral growth (historical and current)
Prof M McCulloch, Prof R Lowe, Dr J Falter
Thresholds of environmental pressures for coral health
Prof M McCulloch, Prof C Duarte, Prof G Kendrick, Prof R Lowe
Temporal pCO2, pH and nutrient variability
Prof M McCulloch, Dr J Falter, Prof C Duarte, Dr A Waite

2012 FL120100049 ARC Laureate Fellowship
A new paradigm for quantifying the resilience of marine calcifiers to ocean acidification and global warming
Professor Malcolm McCulloch

2011 FS11020021 - Indian Ocean Climate Change: Ningaloo Reef, a litmus test for the survival of coral reefs
Prof M McCulloch, Prof G Ivey, Prof R Lowe, Dr J Falter, Dr R Jones

2010 CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund Projects
Ocean Acidification and Environmental Change Across a Widening Tropical-Subtropical Gradient
Prof M McCulloch, Dr J Falter, Prof Ryan Lowe, Dr J Trotter

2009 DP0986505 Ocean Acidification in a Rapidly Increasing CO2 World
Prof M McCulloch, Dr J Trotter

2009 ARC LIEF & John De Laeter Centre of Mass Spectrometry
Advanced Facility for Climate & Environmental Change Research in Australia’s Indian Ocean Region'
Professor Malcolm McCulloch, et al

2009 WA Premiers Research Fellowship Program, WA Dept of Premier & Cabinet Funds awarded (4 years):
Prof M McCulloch

2005 CE0561435 - ARC Centre of Excellence (ex JCU Townsville)
Innovation science for sustainable management of coral reef biodiversity
Prof T Hughes, Prof A Baird, Prof D Bellwood , Prof S Connolly, A/Prof S Dove, Prof O Hoegh-Guldberg, Prof M Pratchett, Prof G Jones, Prof M Kingsford, Prof M McCormick, Prof M McCulloch, Prof D Miller, Prof P Munday, Prof J Pandolfi, Prof G Russ, Prof B Willis, Prof D Yellowlees, Prof R Pressey, Dr W Leggat, Dr C Fulton, Prof C Folke, Prof R Karlson, Dr J Lough, Dr M Meekan, Dr S Planes, Prof R Steneck, Prof M van Oppen, Dr L McCook
Honours and awards
AE Ringwood Medal from the Geological Society of Australia 2017
ARC Laureate Fellowship 2012
Fellow of the Royal Society (London) 2010
WA Premier’s Fellowship 2009
Fellow of the Geological Society of Australia 2009
Jaeger Medal from the Australian Academy of Science for Career Excellence in the Earth Sciences 2009
Fellow of the Geochemical Society 2008
Honorary Doctorate, Curtin University 2007
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science 2004
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union 2002
ISI Highly Cited Researcher, 2001
Previous positions
Professor Environmental Geochemistry, Research School of Earth Sciences ANU, 1996 -2009
Senior Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences ANU, 1990 – 1996
Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences ANU, 1980 – 1990
New and noteworthy
In 2012 Professor Malcolm McCulloch, was awarded Australia's most prestigious research fellowship an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, worth $3.2 million over five years.
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