Dr Samantha Clarke

Ph. D., Grad. Cert. Higher Education, B. Sc. (Hons I)
Lecturer

A12 - Macleay Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 1425

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Sydney Data Stories

Biographical details

Samantha is a marine/engineering geologist, researcher and academic developer, and passionate about the ongoing pursuit of learning and teaching. Her work spans educational technology, student engagement, pedagogical research, organisational leadership, and professional development. She is currently a Lecturer (Education-Focused) in the Educational Innovation team in the DVC (Education) Portfolio and an Honorary Associate in the School of Geosciences, both at the University of Sydney.

Prior to this, Samantha was a lecturer and early career researcher in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney, where she was closely involved in the award-winning redevelopment of a number of introductory science units. Having convened and taught undergraduate courses with over 500 students, she has a strong background in student engagement (such as technology and inquiry-based learning), student transition, 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 investigatingriverbank stability root reinforcement in soil slopes.

More recently, Samantha has shifted research interests to include educational research. She has a range of student centred research interests, including educational technology, student engagement and transition, formative feedback, inquiry-based learning, and tertiary science education. Currently she is working on a multidisciplinary project developing statistical thinking in foundational statistics and data science students.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching:

  • EDPR6012Developing Integrated eLearning Environments
  • EDPR5001 University Teaching and Learning
  • Modular Professional Learning Framework
  • GEOS1003 Introduction to Geology
  • GEOL1501 Introduction to Engineering Geology

Current projects

Geoscience / Engineering

  • 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; and
  • Roots, Shoots, and Riverbank Stability: investigating root reinforcement in soil slopes.

Education

  • Sydney Data Stories: embedding current interdisciplinary research in undergraduate curricula;
  • Developing statistical thinking in foundational statistics and data science students;
  • Bringing 3D/4D numerical and visualisation tools into the classroom: improving student engagement and understanding in undergraduate curricula;
  • “On the spot” feedback: rapid formative feedback and learning checks for students; and
  • Instagram & Disrupt: harnessing social media to improve student engagement.

Associations

Awards and honours

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK

Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award, Faculty of Science

Outstanding Teaching Award (Team), Faculty of Science

In the media

Selected grants

2018

  • Sydney Data Stories; Warren D, Yang J, Clarke S, Patrick E, Holcombe A, Hinton T, Byrne S, Chen T, Murphy T, Bishop T, Van Ogtrop F; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

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

  • Passos, T., Webster, J., Braga, J., Voelker, D., Renema, W., Beaman, R., Nothdurft, L., Hinestrosa, G., Clarke, S., Yokoyama, Y., Kinsela, M., Hubble, T., et al (2019). Paleoshorelines and lowstand sedimentation on subtropical shelves: a case study from the Fraser Shelf, Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 66(4), 547-565. [More Information]
  • Hubble, T., Yeung, S., Clarke, S., Baxter, A., De Blasio, F. (2019). Submarine landslides offshore Yamba, NSW, Australia: an analysis of their timing, downslope motion and possible causes. Geological Society, London, Special Publications. [More Information]
  • Hubble, T., Clarke, S., Stokes, A., Phillips, C. (2017). 4th International Conference on soil bio- and eco-engineering (SBEE2016) �The Use of Vegetation to Improve Slope Stability�. Ecological Engineering, 109, 141-144. [More Information]
  • Clarke, S., Power, H., Wilson, K., Hubble, T. (2017). Scars left by Australia's undersea landslides reveal future tsunami potential. The Conversation.
  • 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.

2019

  • Passos, T., Webster, J., Braga, J., Voelker, D., Renema, W., Beaman, R., Nothdurft, L., Hinestrosa, G., Clarke, S., Yokoyama, Y., Kinsela, M., Hubble, T., et al (2019). Paleoshorelines and lowstand sedimentation on subtropical shelves: a case study from the Fraser Shelf, Australia. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 66(4), 547-565. [More Information]
  • Hubble, T., Yeung, S., Clarke, S., Baxter, A., De Blasio, F. (2019). Submarine landslides offshore Yamba, NSW, Australia: an analysis of their timing, downslope motion and possible causes. Geological Society, London, Special Publications. [More Information]

2017

  • Hubble, T., Clarke, S., Stokes, A., Phillips, C. (2017). 4th International Conference on soil bio- and eco-engineering (SBEE2016) �The Use of Vegetation to Improve Slope Stability�. Ecological Engineering, 109, 141-144. [More Information]
  • Clarke, S., Power, H., Wilson, K., Hubble, T. (2017). Scars left by Australia's undersea landslides reveal future tsunami potential. The Conversation.

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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