Belinda Dechnik


PhD Candidate (Marine Science)
Geocoastal Research Group
School of Geosciences
The University of Sydney

Room 409
Phone: +61 2 9036 6539


PhD: Growth history and geomorphological development of reef systems during the Holocene and Late Pleistocene: A multifaceted approach integrating palaeoecological and palaeoclimatic data from cores.

Belinda Dechnik is a PhD candidate of the Geocoastal Research Group at the University of Sydney. Her project focuses on investigating the evolution of Holocene and Pleistocene reefs in the GBR, in order to gain a greater understanding of past palaeoclimate and sea-level. Belinda has a B.Sc (Hons) in Marine Science (2011) from the University of Sydney. Her Honours thesis focused on variations in coralgal assemblages and their palaeoenvironmental significance for the Holocene “turn on” of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Between her undergraduate and postgraduate work, Belinda has undertaken extensive research in sedimentology and stratigraphy, geochemistry (14C and U/Th dating and SEM), marine geology, invertebrate biology as well as sedimentary facies analysis, community ecology and taxonomy. Her areas of research interest include Quaternary reef/carbonate platform development and demise and abrupt palaeoclimate change (sea level and oceanographic changes).

Belinda is part of an ongoing research team investigating the evolutionary development of reef systems in the GBR and is also part of the research team investigation last interglacial sea-level change in the Seychelles.