Paul Hesse

Associate Professor

  • 2941 Citations
  • 29 h-Index
1985 …2021
If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


I research and teach in the fields of geomorphology and Quaternary science.  I investigate how past climate changes have shaped earth surface processes, now and in the past. Much of my research has examined arid and semi-arid (dryland) regions of Australia. I am interested in how climate change has influenced desert sand dunes, dust storms, rivers, wetlands and vegetation cover and how those feed back into climate change.

I am Convenor of the Bachelor of Environment course and teach several units within the Environmental Earth Science major: ENVS266 Earth Surface Processes (convenor), ENVS340 Environmental Change, and ENVS341 Advanced Environmental Earth Science (field unit in New Zealand).

Recent and current reseasrch projects include: history of rivers in the Murray-Darling Basin over the last 100 000 years and how their discharge has decreased dramatically as global temperatures increased; how drought affects vegetation cover and wind erosion on sand dunes in the Simpson Desert; the global distribution of desert sand dunes, their activity and climatic sensitivity; the links between rivers, wetlands and dunefields in central Argentina (Mendoza province).

Education/Academic qualification

Quaternary Palaeoclimatology, PhD, Australian National University

1 Apr 19893 Apr 1993

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Paul Hesse is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 26 Similar Profiles
dune Earth & Environmental Sciences
floodplain Earth & Environmental Sciences
loess Earth & Environmental Sciences
river Earth & Environmental Sciences
wetland Earth & Environmental Sciences
dust Earth & Environmental Sciences
climate Earth & Environmental Sciences
desert Earth & Environmental Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2006 2021

Research Outputs 1985 2019

Macro-charcoal accumulation in floodplain wetlands: problems and prospects for reconstruction of fire regimes and environmental conditions

Graves, B. P., Ralph, T. J., Hesse, P. P., Westaway, K. E., Kobayashi, T., Gadd, P. S. & Mazumder, D., 24 Oct 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 10, p. 1-33 33 p., e0224011.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
fire regime

Sand seas

Hesse, P., 2019, Aeolian geomorphology: a new introduction. Livingstone, I. & Warren, A. (eds.). 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, p. 179-208 30 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

The response of vegetation cover and dune activity to rainfall, drought and fire observed by multitemporal satellite imagery

Fisher, A. & Hesse, P., Dec 2019, In : Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 44, 15, p. 2957-2967 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

satellite imagery
vegetation cover

A nested hierarchical perspective to enhance interpretations and communication in fluvial geomorphology for use in water resources management: lessons from the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Fryirs, K. A., Ralph, T. J., Larkin, Z. T., Tooth, S., Humphries, M., Mccarthy, T., Hesse, P. P. & Mosimanyana, E., Jun 2018, In : Geographical Journal. 184, 2, p. 192-207 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

fluvial geomorphology

Assessing the geomorphic disturbance from fires on coastal dunes near Esperance, Western Australia: implications for dune de-stabilisation

Shumack, S. & Hesse, P., Apr 2018, In : Aeolian Research. 31, Part A, p. 29-49 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

eolian process



River Basin Management Society Award for Best Paper

Timothy Ralph (Recipient), Tim Hosking (Recipient), Jordan Iles (Recipient) & Paul Hesse (Recipient), 6 Feb 2012