Associate Professor Thomas Hubble

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Tom Hubble has worked on projects involving collecting and interpreting geological samples and geophysical data sets in marine, estuarine and riverine settings since graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelors degree in Geology in 1984. He has published a number of papers on river-bank collapse and the stabilisation of river-banks against collapse by tree-roots as well as works on submarineland-sliding on the eastern Australian seaboard.
Current projects include riverbank collapse studies on the Murray River and further work on the large-scale, submerged-slope collapses identified on the eastern Australian seaboard by Jock Keene, Ron Boyd and coworkers; including a two-week research cruise onboard the CSIRO managed Marine National Facility vessel the RV Southern Surveyor which he led in January 2013. These projects employ multi-beam sonar techniques and software packages to characterise and analyse submerged slope failures together with sampling and testing programs to examine and determine the sedimentologic and geotechnical properties of the sands and muds present in these submerged settings. This information is used to develop conceptual geological models to explain submerged-slope failures and collapses.

Teaching and supervision

He teaches Engineering Geology and Introductory Geology classes to undergraduate students and Rock Engineering to postgraduate students at the University of Sydney; has developed secondary school curricula for the NSW Board of Studies and ACARA; has been recognised for his teaching with University of Sydney and Australian College of Educators awards; and currently serves as Deputy Prodean in the Faculty of Science.

Selected grants

2013

  • Riverbank Collapse in the Lower River Murray; Hubble T; Goyder Institute for Water Research/Research Support.

2012

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

2005

  • Closing the Loop on Unit of Study Evaluations; Kay J, Hubble T, Taylor C; Faculty of Science/Teaching Improvement Fund.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • 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 S Krastel, JH Behrmann, D Volker, M Stipp, C Berndt, R Urgeles, J Chaytor et al (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences 6th International Symposium, (pp. 529-538). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Boyd, R., Keene, J., Hubble, T., Gardner, J., Glenn, K., Ruming, K., Exon, N. (2010). Southeast Australia: A Cenozoic Continental Margin Dominated by Mass Transport. In S Krastel, JH Behrmann, D Volker, M Stipp, C Berndt, R Urgeles, J Chaytor et al (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences 6th International Symposium, (pp. 491-502). Dordrecht: Springer. [More Information]

Journals

  • 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]
  • Hubble, T., Rutherford, I. (2010). Evaluating the relative contributions of vegetation and flooding in controlling channel widening: the case of the Nepean River, southeastern Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 57(5), 525-541. [More Information]
  • Hubble, T. (2010). Improving the stream of consciousness: A nomenclature for describing the factor of safety in river bank stability analysis. Ecological Engineering, 36(12), 1765-1768. [More Information]
  • Hubble, T., Docker, B., Rutherford, I. (2010). The role of riparian trees in maintaining riverbank stability: A review of Australian experience and practice. Ecological Engineering, 36(3), 292-304.
  • Docker, B., Hubble, T. (2009). Modelling the distribution of enhanced soil shear strength beneath riparian trees of south-eastern Australia. Ecological Engineering, 35(5), 921-934. [More Information]
  • Docker, B., Hubble, T. (2008). Quantifying root-reinforcement of river bank soils by four Australian tree species. Geomorphology, 100(3-4), 401-418. [More Information]
  • Liu, X., Lu, X., Yang, K., Hubble, T., Hou, Q. (2007). Monte Carlo simulations of surface energy of the open tetrahedral surface of 2 : 1-type phyllosilicate. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 307(1), 17-23. [More Information]
  • Packham, G., Philip, G., Hubble, T. (2006). Late Silurian or Early Devonian corals from the continental slope off southern New South Wales. Alcheringa: an Australian journal of palaeontology, 30(1), 33-42.
  • Hubble, T. (2004). Slope Stability Analysis Of Potential Bank Failure As A Result Of Toe Erosion On Weir-Impounded Lakes: An Example From The Nepean River, New South Wales, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 55(1), 57-65.
  • Hubble, T., Docker, B. (2001). River Bank Collapse on the Nepean River in the Wallacia Valley: Assessing Possible Causes by Historical and Geomechanical Methods. Royal Society of New South Wales. Journal and Proceedings, 134, 65-78.

Conferences

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ellis, R., Hubble, T., Applebee, A., Peat, M. (2006). Perspectives of stakeholders on eLearning in science education at university. 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education ASCILITE 2006, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Hubble, T., Docker, B. (2001). Earth reinforcement potential of four tree species as determined by root system architecture. 14th Southeast Asia Geotechnical Conference Hong Kong, : Ads & Adea.
  • Hubble, T., Docker, B. (2001). Strength and stability of Casuarina glauca roots in relation to slope stability. 14th Southeast Asian Geotechnical Conference, Lisse: A A Balkema.

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 S Krastel, JH Behrmann, D Volker, M Stipp, C Berndt, R Urgeles, J Chaytor et al (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences 6th International Symposium, (pp. 529-538). Dordrecht: Springer.

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.
  • 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., Rutherford, I. (2010). Evaluating the relative contributions of vegetation and flooding in controlling channel widening: the case of the Nepean River, southeastern Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 57(5), 525-541. [More Information]
  • Hubble, T. (2010). Improving the stream of consciousness: A nomenclature for describing the factor of safety in river bank stability analysis. Ecological Engineering, 36(12), 1765-1768. [More Information]
  • 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.
  • Boyd, R., Keene, J., Hubble, T., Gardner, J., Glenn, K., Ruming, K., Exon, N. (2010). Southeast Australia: A Cenozoic Continental Margin Dominated by Mass Transport. In S Krastel, JH Behrmann, D Volker, M Stipp, C Berndt, R Urgeles, J Chaytor et al (Eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences 6th International Symposium, (pp. 491-502). Dordrecht: Springer. [More Information]
  • Hubble, T., Docker, B., Rutherford, I. (2010). The role of riparian trees in maintaining riverbank stability: A review of Australian experience and practice. Ecological Engineering, 36(3), 292-304.

2009

  • Docker, B., Hubble, T. (2009). Modelling the distribution of enhanced soil shear strength beneath riparian trees of south-eastern Australia. Ecological Engineering, 35(5), 921-934. [More Information]

2008

  • Docker, B., Hubble, T. (2008). Quantifying root-reinforcement of river bank soils by four Australian tree species. Geomorphology, 100(3-4), 401-418. [More Information]

2007

  • Liu, X., Lu, X., Yang, K., Hubble, T., Hou, Q. (2007). Monte Carlo simulations of surface energy of the open tetrahedral surface of 2 : 1-type phyllosilicate. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 307(1), 17-23. [More Information]

2006

  • Packham, G., Philip, G., Hubble, T. (2006). Late Silurian or Early Devonian corals from the continental slope off southern New South Wales. Alcheringa: an Australian journal of palaeontology, 30(1), 33-42.
  • Ellis, R., Hubble, T., Applebee, A., Peat, M. (2006). Perspectives of stakeholders on eLearning in science education at university. 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education ASCILITE 2006, Australia: Sydney University Press.

2004

  • Hubble, T. (2004). Slope Stability Analysis Of Potential Bank Failure As A Result Of Toe Erosion On Weir-Impounded Lakes: An Example From The Nepean River, New South Wales, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 55(1), 57-65.

2001

  • Hubble, T., Docker, B. (2001). Earth reinforcement potential of four tree species as determined by root system architecture. 14th Southeast Asia Geotechnical Conference Hong Kong, : Ads & Adea.
  • Hubble, T., Docker, B. (2001). River Bank Collapse on the Nepean River in the Wallacia Valley: Assessing Possible Causes by Historical and Geomechanical Methods. Royal Society of New South Wales. Journal and Proceedings, 134, 65-78.
  • Hubble, T., Docker, B. (2001). Strength and stability of Casuarina glauca roots in relation to slope stability. 14th Southeast Asian Geotechnical Conference, Lisse: A A Balkema.

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