Dr Samantha Clarke

F07 - Carslaw Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 91141425

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Biographical details

Samantha is a marine geologist by training, researcher and academic developer by day, and passionate about the ongoing pursuit of learning and education. She works at developing and implementing innovative educational technologies and teaching methods across the Faculty of Science to increase student engagement and streamline educator effectiveness, enhancing the student learning experience. She is currently an Associate Lecturer in Educational Innovation (Academic Operations) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney and an Honorary Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney.

Prior to this, Samantha was an Associate Lecturer and early career researcher in the Geocoastal Research Group (GRG) within the School of Geosciences in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney, where she was closely involved in the redevelopment of a number of introductory geoscience units. Having convened and taught undergraduate courses with over 400 students, she has a strong background in student engagement (for example through technology and inquiry-based learning) and integrating technology throughout the curriculum. Samantha’s research career started with a PhD in the submarine landslides and their associate hazards on the east Australian coastline. Her focus has shifted to include educational research after seeing the wide-reaching impact of good learning and teaching.

Research interests

Samantha has a range of research interests, focusing on the study of submarine landslides and their associated coastal hazards (such as tsunami), marine and fluvial geomorphology, and riverbank failures. Of particular interest to Samantha is the geology and geotechnical characteristics of Australia’s eastern continental margin and the newly identified submarine landslides present in this region and the geological history of the Murray River in South Australia and implications for the Millennium Drought riverbank failures.

Samantha has experience in marine processes, engineering geology, submarine mass movements and their consequences, marine and fluvial geomorphology, coastal hazards, riverbank collapse and management, tsunami modelling, slope stability modelling, sedimentology & stratigraphy (alluvial & carbonate), core logging, bathymetric and seismic data processing and analysis, and GIS/spatial analysis.

Teaching and supervision

Samantha teaches Engineering Geology and Introductory Geology classes to undergraduate students at the University of Sydney.

Current projects

  • Submarine landslides on the eastern Australian continental margin: sedimentological and geomechanical characteristics, timing and triggers, and tsunamigenic potential
  • Geologic and geomorphic history of the Murray River in South Australia: Discovery of a Holocene palaeolake, a Darling River flood record, and implications for the Millennium Drought riverbank failures

Associations

Selected grants

2012

  • Submarine landslides on the upper southeast Australian continental margin; Hubble T, Clarke S; Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE)/Awards.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Clarke, S., Hubble, T. (2016). Landslides. In James Goff, C R de Freitas (Eds.), Natural Hazards in Australasia, (pp. 178-224). Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hubble, T., Webster, J., Yu, P., Fletcher, M., Voelker, D., Airey, D., Clarke, S., Puga-Bernabeu, A., Mitchell, D., Howard, F., et al (2016). Submarine Landslides and Incised Canyons of the Southeast Queensland Continental Margin. In G Lamarche, J Mountjoy, S Bull, T Hubble, S Krastel, E Lane, et al. (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences: 7th International Symposium, (pp. 125-134). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Clarke, S., Hubble, T., Airey, D., Yu, P., Boyd, R., Keene, J., Exon, N., Gardner, J., Ward, S. (2014). Morphology of Australia's Eastern Continental Slope and Related Tsunami Hazard. In D.C. Mosher, R.C Shipp, L. Moscardelli, J.D. Chaytor et al (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences: 4th International Symposium, (pp. 529-538). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]

Journals

  • Clarke, S., Hubble, T., Webster, J., Airey, D., De Carli, E., Ferraz, C., Reimer, P., Boyd, R., Keene, J. (2016). Sedimentology, structure and age estimate of five continental slope submarine landslides, eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 63(5), 631-652. [More Information]
  • Hubble, T., Airey, D., Sealey, H., De Carli, E., Clarke, S. (2013). A little cohesion goes a long way: Estimating appropriate values of additional root cohesion for evaluating slope stability in the Eastern Australian highlands. Ecological Engineering, 61(Part C), 621-632. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Power, H., Clarke, S., Wilson, O., Hubble, T. (2015). Tsunami hazard from submarine landslides: 3D inundation modelling in New South Wales, Australia. Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference 2015: 22nd Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 15th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference, Auckland, New Zealand: Engineers Australia.
  • Hubble, T., Yu, P., Airey, D., Clarke, S., Boyd, R., Keene, J., Exon, N., Gardner, J. (2012). Physical Properties and Age of Continental Slope Sediments Dredged from the Eastern Australian Continental Margin - Implications for Timing of Slope Failure. 5th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. [More Information]
  • Clarke, S., Hubble, T., Airey, D., Yu, P., Boyd, R., Keene, J., Exon, N., Gardner, J. (2012). Submarine landslides on the upper Southeast Australian passive continental margin - preliminary findings. 5th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. [More Information]
  • Clarke, S., Airey, D., Yu, P., Hubble, T. (2011). Submarine Landslides on the South-Eastern Australian Margin. 2011 Symposium Coastal and Marine Geotechnics: Foundations for Trade, Sydney, Australia: Australian Geomechanics Society.
  • Hubble, T., Yu, P., Airey, D., Clarke, S., Boyd, R., Keene, J., Exon, N., Gardner, J. (2010). Physical properties and age of mid-slope sediments dredged from the Eastern Australian continental margin and the implications for continental margin erosion processes. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2010 / AGU 2010. American Geophysical Union.

2016

  • Clarke, S., Hubble, T. (2016). Landslides. In James Goff, C R de Freitas (Eds.), Natural Hazards in Australasia, (pp. 178-224). Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
  • Clarke, S., Hubble, T., Webster, J., Airey, D., De Carli, E., Ferraz, C., Reimer, P., Boyd, R., Keene, J. (2016). Sedimentology, structure and age estimate of five continental slope submarine landslides, eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 63(5), 631-652. [More Information]
  • Hubble, T., Webster, J., Yu, P., Fletcher, M., Voelker, D., Airey, D., Clarke, S., Puga-Bernabeu, A., Mitchell, D., Howard, F., et al (2016). Submarine Landslides and Incised Canyons of the Southeast Queensland Continental Margin. In G Lamarche, J Mountjoy, S Bull, T Hubble, S Krastel, E Lane, et al. (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences: 7th International Symposium, (pp. 125-134). Cham: Springer. [More Information]

2015

  • Power, H., Clarke, S., Wilson, O., Hubble, T. (2015). Tsunami hazard from submarine landslides: 3D inundation modelling in New South Wales, Australia. Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference 2015: 22nd Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 15th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference, Auckland, New Zealand: Engineers Australia.

2014

  • Clarke, S., Hubble, T., Airey, D., Yu, P., Boyd, R., Keene, J., Exon, N., Gardner, J., Ward, S. (2014). Morphology of Australia's Eastern Continental Slope and Related Tsunami Hazard. In D.C. Mosher, R.C Shipp, L. Moscardelli, J.D. Chaytor et al (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences: 4th International Symposium, (pp. 529-538). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media. [More Information]

2013

  • Hubble, T., Airey, D., Sealey, H., De Carli, E., Clarke, S. (2013). A little cohesion goes a long way: Estimating appropriate values of additional root cohesion for evaluating slope stability in the Eastern Australian highlands. Ecological Engineering, 61(Part C), 621-632. [More Information]

2012

  • Hubble, T., Yu, P., Airey, D., Clarke, S., Boyd, R., Keene, J., Exon, N., Gardner, J. (2012). Physical Properties and Age of Continental Slope Sediments Dredged from the Eastern Australian Continental Margin - Implications for Timing of Slope Failure. 5th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. [More Information]
  • Clarke, S., Hubble, T., Airey, D., Yu, P., Boyd, R., Keene, J., Exon, N., Gardner, J. (2012). Submarine landslides on the upper Southeast Australian passive continental margin - preliminary findings. 5th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. [More Information]

2011

  • Clarke, S., Airey, D., Yu, P., Hubble, T. (2011). Submarine Landslides on the South-Eastern Australian Margin. 2011 Symposium Coastal and Marine Geotechnics: Foundations for Trade, Sydney, Australia: Australian Geomechanics Society.

2010

  • Hubble, T., Yu, P., Airey, D., Clarke, S., Boyd, R., Keene, J., Exon, N., Gardner, J. (2010). Physical properties and age of mid-slope sediments dredged from the Eastern Australian continental margin and the implications for continental margin erosion processes. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2010 / AGU 2010. American Geophysical Union.

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