St John's College Oxford
Dr Julie Durcan

Dr Julie Durcan

Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in Physical Geography



I am responsible for teaching all physical geography papers at St John's College. I am a Quaternary Scientist with research interests in palaeoenvironmental change in dryland regions, geoarchaeological applications and the development of luminescence dating as a geochronological technique. I collaborate with colleagues at national and international institutions and my current research projects include: 

  • Reconstructing late Quaternary palaeoenvironments in the Indian sub-continent
  • Reconciling dust flux and fluvial activity in the Namib Desert
  • Quantifying late Quaternary fluvial and aeolian activity in Central Australia
  • Optimising the luminescence signal from quartz for dating applications

Selected Publications

Durcan, J.A., King, G.E. and Duller, G.A.T. (submitted). DRAC: Dose rate and age calculator for trapped charge dating. Quaternary Geochronology.

Clift, P.D., Carter, A.C., Giosan, L., Durcan, J.A., Duller, G.A.T., Macklin, M.G., Alizai, A., Tabrez, A.R., Danish, M., VanLaningham, S. and Fuller, D.Q. (2012) U-Pb Zircon dating evidence for a Pleistocene Sarasvati river and capture of the Yamuna River. Geology, 40: 211-214.

Giosan, L., Clift, P.D., Macklin, M.G., Fuller, D.Q., Constantinescu, S., Durcan, J.A., Stevens, T., Duller, G.A.T., Tabrez, A., Adhikari, R., Gangal, K., Alizai, A., Filip, F., VanLaningham, S. and Syvitski, J.P.M. (2012) Fluvial dynamics and the fate of the Harappan civilisation. PNAS, 109(26): E1688-E1694.

Durcan, J.A. and Duller, G.A.T. (2011) The fast ratio: a rapid measure for testing the dominance of the fast component in the initial OSL signal from quartz. Radiation Measurements, 46(10): 1065-1072.

Durcan, J.A., Roberts, H.M., Duller, G.A.T. and Alizai, A.H. (2010) Testing the use of range-finder OSL dating to inform field sampling and laboratory processing strategies. Quaternary Geochronology, 5(2-3): 86-90.

Roberts, H.M., Durcan, J.A. and Duller, G.A.T. (2009) Exploring procedures for the rapid assessment of optically stimulated luminescence range-finder ages. Radiation Measurements, 44: 582-587.

Thomas, D.S.G., Bailey, R.M., Shaw, P.A., Durcan, J.A. and Singarayer, J.S. (2009) Late Quaternary highstands at Lake Chilwa, Malawi: frequency, timing and possible forcing mechanisms in the last 44ka. Quaternary Science Reviews, 28(5-6): 526-539.