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Professor Jacky Croke


Jacky Croke

Full Professor, Head Of School
School of Geography
University College Dublin, School of Geography


Jacky Croke is a Professor in Physical Geography at University College Dublin. Her research interests lie in fluvial geomorphology, environmental change and landscape response over timescales ranging from the glacial/interglacial cycles of the Quaternary (2.5Mill Years) to the more recent Anthropocene. Prof. Croke's work has focussed on using cutting-edge approaches and technologies to reconstruct environmental change in a range of climatic zones, including arid, tropical and temeprate. A constant focus has been showcasing the contribution of past climates to inform future predictions of water availability. Key projects include the Big flood Project (, an Australian Research Council funded project involving industry and research partnerships that defined landscape response to extreme flood events in south-eastern Queensland Australia. The Palaeoclimate for Water Security ( project uses evidence preserved in palaeoclimate proxy records such as tree-rings, coral bands and lake sediments, to reconstruct past and future floods and droughts across Australia. Both projects are heavily linked to planning and policy in the area of water management. Research interests in Ireland include the classification of Irish Rivers based on their hydrological and geomorphic characteristics which together provide a more informed view of water availability, water quality, and flood risk in Ireland. Prof. Croke received her BA (Hons) and PhD degrees from UCD and travelled to Australia in 1991 as a recipient of an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Wollongong and the Australian National University in Canberra. She has held academic positions at several Australian Research organisations and Universities including CSIRO and The University of Queensland. Prof. Croke returned to UCD in 2018 and is currently Head of School, co-Director of the BSc in Sustainability (DN240) and Director of the MSc in Risk, Resilience and Sustainability. She welcomes enquiries regarding research collaborations and graduate supervision.


  • Professor
    University College Dublin, Geography, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2020


  • Professor
    Southern Cross University, Geoscience, Australia1 Feb 2017 - 31 Jul 2018
  • Professor
    University of Queensland, Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, Australia1 Jul 2014 - 1 Feb 2017


  • BA (Hons)
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin


  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand