Julie Trotter is a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia who holds a PhD in geochemistry from the Australian National University, and an MSc in palaeontology from Macquarie University. Her research focuses on the geochemistry of marine carbonate and phosphatic skeletons, principally as archives of environmental change on both modern and geological timescales during important periods of climate change. This includes the analysis of minor and trace elements, stable boron, oxygen, and carbon isotopes, as well as radiogenic (U/Th, Nd, and Sr) isotope systems for dating and tracing geological and marine processes. She currently holds a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship, which is focused on applying geochemical proxies to long-lived deep-sea corals from the Indian and Southern Oceans to constrain both long-term natural variations and anthropogenic-driven ocean acidification and climate change in the marine system. Julie’s earlier work at the CSIRO (~15 years) utilised strontium isotope stratigraphy to deconvolve basin architecture in complex terrains, which underpinned large-scale exploration programmes of the petroleum industry in PNG and SE Asia.
Julie was a principal investigator on the joint Schmidt Ocean Institute-UWA deep-sea oceanographic cruise to the submarine Perth Canyon in 2015. She has also undertaken fieldwork within shallow water coral reefs, offshore Western Australia (Ningaloo, Rowley Shoals) and in the Great Barrier Reef, and to fossil reef systems in Morocco, Russia, Italy, Pakistan, Argentina, and across Australia.