Associate Professor Armstrong Osborne

DipEd(Sydney), MSc(Sydney), PhD(Sydney)
Associate Professor, Science Education

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 93516266
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Research interests

Research on teaching and learning
  • Mathematics and science

Current projects

  • Cave Science Sri Lanka:Collaborative Project with Dr Wasantha Weliange, Postgraduate Institute for Archaeological Research, Colombo.There are many caves in high-grade metamorphic rocks in Sri Lanka. Many contain Palaeolithic Archaeological sites and temples. Almost nothing is known of the science of these caves. This project aims to develop training in cave science for Sri Lankan archaeologists and a scientific understanding of the caves
  • Origin and Evolution of Eastern Australian CavesLong-term project investigating how caves formed in eastern Australia and their geological history
  • HYPOCAVEÑHypogene Caves Morphology - Europe/Australia Comparison, EU Marie Curie/AAS-funded staff exchange with the University of Silesia, Poland & the Karst Research Institute, Postojna, Slovenia
  • Palaeozoic palaeokarst and relict cave sediments from Cathedral Cave, Wellington Caves, NSW, Australia: Implications for regional geology and geomorphic history.This project investigates the implications arising from the discovery of very ancient sediments in Cathedral Cave at Wellington Caves, NSW. This is a collaborative project with Horst Zwingmann, CSIRO Petroleum & Curtin University, Perth; Andrew Herries, Latrobe University; David Colchester and Ross Pogson, Australian Museum Sydney. The project is supported by contract research funding from Wellington Council and a grant from the Betty Mayne Fund of the Linnean Society of New South Wales.

Associations

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence Award 2008

International links

Poland

(University of Sliesia, Sosnowiec) Research on cave development in the Polish Jura with Dr Andrzej Tyc

Sri Lanka

(Central Cultural Fund) Advisor for project Environmental and Socially Sustainable Cave Tourism for Sri Lanka.

Selected grants

2010

  • Hypogene Caves Morphology - Europe/Australia Comparison; Osborne R, Tyc A, Otonicar B; Australian Academy of Science/Australian Participation in International Research Staff Exchange.
  • Hypogene Caves Morphology - Europe/Australia Comparison; Tyc A, Osborne R, Otonicar B; European Commission/Marie Curie Action: International Research Staff Exchange.

2009

  • Origin, evolution and significance of karst and caves in limestone on the western side of the Isis R; Osborne R, Smith G; Newcastle and Hunter Valley Speleological Society Inc/Research Support.

2008

  • Abiotic Values of the Limestone Gully Creek Area, North of Capertee, New South Wales; Meehan S, Osborne R; Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW)/Research Support.
  • Synovate 2008-11803 Osborne; Osborne R, Meehan S; Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW)/Research Support.

2007

  • Successful tender to provide preliminary assessment of the KARST geomorphology and geoheritage of the Moparabah, Temagog and Sebastapol areas near Kempsey, New South Wales; Osborne R, Meehan S; Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW)/Research Grant.
  • Geodiversity of Mole Creek Caves, Tasmania; Ambrose J, Osborne R; BLO - Department of Environment and Heritage/Research Grants.

2004

  • Origin and Evolution of Orient Cave; Meehan S, Osborne R; Jenolan Caves Trust/Research Grants.

2003

  • Morphology and relationships of cave cupolas; Osborne R; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

2000

  • Cathedral Cave Heritage and Interpretation Research Project; Osborne R, Jones D; Wellington Council NZ/BLO Project.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Osborne, R. (2013). Preservation and Burial of Ancient Karst. In L Allan James, Carol Harden, John J. Clague (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology: Coastal Geomorphology, (pp. 95-103). London: Academic Press Elsevier.
  • Osborne, R. (2012). Some biological aspects of conservation and management of Sri Lankan caves. In Raj Somadewa (Eds.), Rock Painting and Engraving Sites in Sri Lanka, (pp. 208-229). Colombo: The Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya.
  • Osborne, R. (2010). Rethinking eastern Australian caves. In Bishop, P. and Pillans, B. (Eds.), Australian Landscapes, (pp. 289-308). London: Geological Society of London.
  • Cilek,, V., Williams, R., Osborne, R., Migon, P., Mikulas, R. (2007). The origin and development of sandstone landforms. In Handrij Hartel;Vaclav Cilek;Tomas Herben;Andrew Jackson;Rendel Williams (Eds.), Sandstone Landscapes, (pp. 34-43). Prague: Academia.
  • Osborne, R. (2004). Tales Form Marble Halls: Geology And Geomorphology Of Wombeyan Caves. In Ross Ellis (Eds.), Caves and Karst of Wombeyan, (pp. 55-71). Sydney: Sydney Speleological Society.
  • Webb, J., Grimes, K., Osborne, R. (2003). Black holes: caves in the Australian landscape. In Brian Finlayson and Elery Hamilton-Smith (Eds.), Beneath the Surface: a natural history of Australian caves, (pp. 1-52). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Osborne, R. (2002). Paleokarst: Cessation and Rebirth? In Gabrovsek, F (Eds.), Evolution of Karst: from Prekarst to Cessation, (pp. 97-114). Postojna-Ljubljana (Slovenia): Staempfli Publishers Ltd.

Journals

  • Pogson, R., Osborne, R., Colchester, D. (2014). Minerals of Jenolan Caves, New South Wales, Australia: Geological and biological interactions. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 136, 1-18.
  • Osborne, R. (2014). Understanding the origin and evolution of Jenolan Caves: The next steps. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 136, 77-97.
  • Osborne, R., Weliange, W., Jayasingha, P., Dandeniya, A., Algiriya, P., Pogson, R. (2013). Caves and karst-like features in Proterozoic gneiss and Cambrian granite, southern and central Sri Lanka: An introduction. Acta Carsologica, 42(1), 25-48.
  • Pogson, R., Osborne, R., Colchester, D., Cendón, D. (2011). Sulfate and phosphate speleothems at Jenolan Caves, New South Wales, Australia. Acta Carsologica, 40(2), 239-254.
  • Osborne, R. (2008). Cave turbidites. Acta Carsologica, 37(1), 41-50.
  • Osborne, R. (2008). Detailed morphological studies in Netopirjev rov, Predjama Cave: A hypogene segment of a Slovenian cave. Acta Carsologica, 37(2-3), 255-272.
  • Osborne, R. (2007). Cathedral Cave, Wellington Caves, New South Wales, Australia. A multiphase, non-fluvial cave. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 32(14), 2075-2103. [More Information]
  • Osborne, R. (2007). Intensely lithified palaeokarst deposits in Okno Cave, Demänovská Valley (Slovakia). Geologica Carpathica: international geological journal, 58(6), 565-578.
  • Osborne, R. (2007). The world's oldest caves: -How did they survive and what can they tell us? Acta Carsologica, 36(1), 133-142.
  • Osborne, R., Zwingmann, H., Pogson, R., Colchester, D. (2006). Carboniferous clay deposits from Jenolan Caves, New South Wales: implications for timing of speleogenesis and regional geology. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 53(3), 377-405.
  • Osborne, R. (2005). Dating ancient caves and related palaeokarsts. Acta Carsologica, 34(1), 51-72.
  • Osborne, R. (2004). The Trouble With Cupolas. Acta Carsologica, 33(2), 10-36.
  • Osborne, R. (2003). Partitions, Compartments and Portals: Cave Development in internally impounded karst masses. Speleogenesis and Evolution in Karst Aquifers, 1(4), 1-12.
  • Osborne, R. (2002). Cave Breakdown by Vadose Weathering. International Journal of Speleology, 31(1/4), 37-53.
  • Osborne, R., Bosak, P., Bella, P., Cilek, V., Ford, D., Hercman,, H., Kadlec, J., Pruner, P. (2002). Ochtina Aragonite Cave (Western Carpathians, Slovakia): Morphology, mineralogy of the fill and genesis. Geologica Carpathica: international geological journal, 53(6), 399-410.
  • Osborne, R. (2002). Significance and monitoring. Acta Carsologica, 31(1), 21-33.
  • Osborne, R. (2001). Halls and narrows: Network caves in dipping limestone, examples from eastern Australia. Cave and Karst Science, 28, 3-14.
  • Osborne, R. (2001). Karst geology of Wellington Caves, a review. Helictite, 37, 3-12.
  • Osborne, R. (2001). Sulfide-bearing palaeokarst deposits at Lune River Quarry, Ida Bay, Tasmania. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 48, 409-416.

Conferences

  • Osborne, R., Jayasingha, P., Weliange, W. (2013). An Introduction to Sri Lankan Gneiss and Granite Caves. 16th International Congress of Speleology, Brno, Czech Republic: Czech Speleological Society and the SPELEO2013.
  • Osborne, R. (2013). Exhumation of Palaeokarst by Vadose Weathering: A Telling Example from Eastern Australia. 16th International Congress of Speleology, Brno, Czech Republic: Czech Speleological Society and the SPELEO2013.
  • Osborne, R. (2009). Early Carboniferous Unlithified Cave Sediments: Their Implications. 15th International Congress of Speleology ICS 2009, United States: International Union of Speleology.
  • Osborne, R. (2009). Hypogene Caves in Deformed (Fold Belt) Strata: Observations from Eastern Australia and Central Europe. International Conference: Hypogene Speleogenesis and Karst Hydrogeology of Artesian Basins 2009, Ukraine: Ukrainian Institute of Speleology and Karstology.
  • Osborne, R. (2002). The new science of Eastern Australian caves: Implications for management and interpretation. Fourteenth Australasian Conference on Cave and Karst Management, Groningen, The Netherlands: Australian Cave and Karst Management Association Inc.

Report

  • Osborne, R. (2012). Geodiversity & geoheritage study of the Manly LGA foreshores (Unpublished report to Manly Council, April 2012, co-authored with Mayne-Wilson & Associates).
  • Osborne, R. (2012). Report on Hornsby Quarry (Expert witness report for Minter Ellison Lawyers in the matter of CSR Limited & Ors ats Hornsby Shire Council, Supreme Court of New South Wales Proceedings No. 297428 of 2009).
  • Osborne, R. (2009). Abiotic values of the Limestone Gully Creek Area, North of Capertee, New South Wales (Unpublished Report to the NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change).
  • Osborne, R. (2009). Abiotic values of the Mt Sebastapol area, near Kempsey, New South Wales (Unpublished Report to the NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change).
  • Osborne, R. (2009). Geological and karst matters relating to the proposed development of the Timor Limestone Mine (Report to the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales: No 10497 of 2009).
  • Osborne, R. (2007). Geodiversity of Mole Creek Caves, Tasmania (Report to the Department of Environment and Water Resources).
  • Osborne, R. (2007). Initial Study of the Karst Geology, Geomorphology and Geoheritage Significance of the Moparabah, Temagog and Sebastapol areas, near Kempsey NSW (Unpublished Report to the NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change).

Reference Works

  • Osborne, R. (2004). Paleokarst. In John Gunn (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science. (pp. 559-561). United States: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2014

  • Pogson, R., Osborne, R., Colchester, D. (2014). Minerals of Jenolan Caves, New South Wales, Australia: Geological and biological interactions. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 136, 1-18.
  • Osborne, R. (2014). Understanding the origin and evolution of Jenolan Caves: The next steps. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 136, 77-97.

2013

  • Osborne, R., Jayasingha, P., Weliange, W. (2013). An Introduction to Sri Lankan Gneiss and Granite Caves. 16th International Congress of Speleology, Brno, Czech Republic: Czech Speleological Society and the SPELEO2013.
  • Osborne, R., Weliange, W., Jayasingha, P., Dandeniya, A., Algiriya, P., Pogson, R. (2013). Caves and karst-like features in Proterozoic gneiss and Cambrian granite, southern and central Sri Lanka: An introduction. Acta Carsologica, 42(1), 25-48.
  • Osborne, R. (2013). Exhumation of Palaeokarst by Vadose Weathering: A Telling Example from Eastern Australia. 16th International Congress of Speleology, Brno, Czech Republic: Czech Speleological Society and the SPELEO2013.
  • Osborne, R. (2013). Preservation and Burial of Ancient Karst. In L Allan James, Carol Harden, John J. Clague (Eds.), Treatise on Geomorphology: Coastal Geomorphology, (pp. 95-103). London: Academic Press Elsevier.

2012

  • Osborne, R. (2012). Geodiversity & geoheritage study of the Manly LGA foreshores (Unpublished report to Manly Council, April 2012, co-authored with Mayne-Wilson & Associates).
  • Osborne, R. (2012). Report on Hornsby Quarry (Expert witness report for Minter Ellison Lawyers in the matter of CSR Limited & Ors ats Hornsby Shire Council, Supreme Court of New South Wales Proceedings No. 297428 of 2009).
  • Osborne, R. (2012). Some biological aspects of conservation and management of Sri Lankan caves. In Raj Somadewa (Eds.), Rock Painting and Engraving Sites in Sri Lanka, (pp. 208-229). Colombo: The Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya.

2011

  • Pogson, R., Osborne, R., Colchester, D., Cendón, D. (2011). Sulfate and phosphate speleothems at Jenolan Caves, New South Wales, Australia. Acta Carsologica, 40(2), 239-254.

2010

  • Osborne, R. (2010). Rethinking eastern Australian caves. In Bishop, P. and Pillans, B. (Eds.), Australian Landscapes, (pp. 289-308). London: Geological Society of London.

2009

  • Osborne, R. (2009). Abiotic values of the Limestone Gully Creek Area, North of Capertee, New South Wales (Unpublished Report to the NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change).
  • Osborne, R. (2009). Abiotic values of the Mt Sebastapol area, near Kempsey, New South Wales (Unpublished Report to the NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change).
  • Osborne, R. (2009). Early Carboniferous Unlithified Cave Sediments: Their Implications. 15th International Congress of Speleology ICS 2009, United States: International Union of Speleology.
  • Osborne, R. (2009). Geological and karst matters relating to the proposed development of the Timor Limestone Mine (Report to the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales: No 10497 of 2009).
  • Osborne, R. (2009). Hypogene Caves in Deformed (Fold Belt) Strata: Observations from Eastern Australia and Central Europe. International Conference: Hypogene Speleogenesis and Karst Hydrogeology of Artesian Basins 2009, Ukraine: Ukrainian Institute of Speleology and Karstology.

2008

  • Osborne, R. (2008). Cave turbidites. Acta Carsologica, 37(1), 41-50.
  • Osborne, R. (2008). Detailed morphological studies in Netopirjev rov, Predjama Cave: A hypogene segment of a Slovenian cave. Acta Carsologica, 37(2-3), 255-272.

2007

  • Osborne, R. (2007). Cathedral Cave, Wellington Caves, New South Wales, Australia. A multiphase, non-fluvial cave. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 32(14), 2075-2103. [More Information]
  • Osborne, R. (2007). Geodiversity of Mole Creek Caves, Tasmania (Report to the Department of Environment and Water Resources).
  • Osborne, R. (2007). Initial Study of the Karst Geology, Geomorphology and Geoheritage Significance of the Moparabah, Temagog and Sebastapol areas, near Kempsey NSW (Unpublished Report to the NSW Department of Environment & Climate Change).
  • Osborne, R. (2007). Intensely lithified palaeokarst deposits in Okno Cave, Demänovská Valley (Slovakia). Geologica Carpathica: international geological journal, 58(6), 565-578.
  • Cilek,, V., Williams, R., Osborne, R., Migon, P., Mikulas, R. (2007). The origin and development of sandstone landforms. In Handrij Hartel;Vaclav Cilek;Tomas Herben;Andrew Jackson;Rendel Williams (Eds.), Sandstone Landscapes, (pp. 34-43). Prague: Academia.
  • Osborne, R. (2007). The world's oldest caves: -How did they survive and what can they tell us? Acta Carsologica, 36(1), 133-142.

2006

  • Osborne, R., Zwingmann, H., Pogson, R., Colchester, D. (2006). Carboniferous clay deposits from Jenolan Caves, New South Wales: implications for timing of speleogenesis and regional geology. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 53(3), 377-405.

2005

  • Osborne, R. (2005). Dating ancient caves and related palaeokarsts. Acta Carsologica, 34(1), 51-72.

2004

  • Osborne, R. (2004). Paleokarst. In John Gunn (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science. (pp. 559-561). United States: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Osborne, R. (2004). Tales Form Marble Halls: Geology And Geomorphology Of Wombeyan Caves. In Ross Ellis (Eds.), Caves and Karst of Wombeyan, (pp. 55-71). Sydney: Sydney Speleological Society.
  • Osborne, R. (2004). The Trouble With Cupolas. Acta Carsologica, 33(2), 10-36.

2003

  • Webb, J., Grimes, K., Osborne, R. (2003). Black holes: caves in the Australian landscape. In Brian Finlayson and Elery Hamilton-Smith (Eds.), Beneath the Surface: a natural history of Australian caves, (pp. 1-52). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Osborne, R. (2003). Partitions, Compartments and Portals: Cave Development in internally impounded karst masses. Speleogenesis and Evolution in Karst Aquifers, 1(4), 1-12.

2002

  • Osborne, R. (2002). Cave Breakdown by Vadose Weathering. International Journal of Speleology, 31(1/4), 37-53.
  • Osborne, R., Bosak, P., Bella, P., Cilek, V., Ford, D., Hercman,, H., Kadlec, J., Pruner, P. (2002). Ochtina Aragonite Cave (Western Carpathians, Slovakia): Morphology, mineralogy of the fill and genesis. Geologica Carpathica: international geological journal, 53(6), 399-410.
  • Osborne, R. (2002). Paleokarst: Cessation and Rebirth? In Gabrovsek, F (Eds.), Evolution of Karst: from Prekarst to Cessation, (pp. 97-114). Postojna-Ljubljana (Slovenia): Staempfli Publishers Ltd.
  • Osborne, R. (2002). Significance and monitoring. Acta Carsologica, 31(1), 21-33.
  • Osborne, R. (2002). The new science of Eastern Australian caves: Implications for management and interpretation. Fourteenth Australasian Conference on Cave and Karst Management, Groningen, The Netherlands: Australian Cave and Karst Management Association Inc.

2001

  • Osborne, R. (2001). Halls and narrows: Network caves in dipping limestone, examples from eastern Australia. Cave and Karst Science, 28, 3-14.
  • Osborne, R. (2001). Karst geology of Wellington Caves, a review. Helictite, 37, 3-12.
  • Osborne, R. (2001). Sulfide-bearing palaeokarst deposits at Lune River Quarry, Ida Bay, Tasmania. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 48, 409-416.

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