Professor John Buckeridge



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Work Unit

Civil, Environmental & Chemical Eng

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+61 3 9925 2009


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Science, Engineering & Health

Prof John Buckeridge

John Buckeridge is Professor of Natural Resources Engineering in the School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering. He maintains wide international involvement in the environment and ethics, and teaches ethics in a range of RMIT programs. John has published extensively on professional ethics, environmental impact assessment, geotechnology, and the palaeobiology, evolution and distribution of marine invertebrates.


BSc (Cant.), MSc (Hons), PhD (Auck.), (CP Env), FGS (Lond.)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow: The Geological Society (London)
  • President (2007-2009): International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS)
  • IUBS Executive (2004-2012): As an IUBS Officer 2007-2012.
  • Chair: International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) Ethics Commission
  • Chair: International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS) Working Group on Environmental Ethics
  • President (2000-2008): International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS)
  • Honorary Member (2010-): Hungarian Academy of Science

Research and consulting expertise

  • Natural Resource Engineering
    • Assessment for Environmental Effects
    • Environmental management
    • Geotechnical: Slope stability studies
  • Environmental Ethics
    • Ethics in science and engineering education
    • Development of universal ethical norms for the environment
  • Marine Biology and Palaeobiology
    • Arthropod evolution and palaeoecology, special emphasis on the Cirripedia
    • Cretaceous - Recent biodiversity and palaeobiogeography of Porifera (Lithistida)
    • Cainozoic stratigraphy, evolutionary patterns and biogeography

Selected publications (since 2010)

PDFs of these papers are available – please email John Buckeridge.

  • Buckeridge, J.S. 2013. The evolution of ethics education as an integral part of the engineering curriculum. In Engineering Education: Transformation and Innovation. Beanland, D. and R. Hadgraft (Eds.) UNESCO. RMIT Publishing, Melbourne, Australia. 8: 79-83. ISBN: 978-192-201-6096
  • Buckeridge, J. S., Kelly M., Janussen, D. and H. M. Reiswig, 2013. New Palaeogene sponges from the Red Bluff Tuff, Chatham Island, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 56(3): 171-185. / 10.1080/00288306.2013.808235
  • Buckeridge, J. S., Linse, K. and J. A. Jackson, 2013. Vulcanolepas scotiaensis sp. nov., a new deep-sea scalpelliform barnacle (Eolepadidae: Neolepadinae) from hydrothermal vents in the Scotia Sea, Antarctica. Zootaxa 3745 (5): 551-568.
  • Buckeridge, J.S., 2014. Environmental Ethics: an overview, assessing the place of bioscientists in society, supplemented with selected Australian perspectives. Integrative Zoology 9(1): 14-23. 10.1111/1749-4877.12028 <file://localhost/doi/%2010.1111:1749-4877.12028> (available on-line December 2013).
  • Watts, R. and J.S. Buckeridge, 2012. In pursuit of the Biological Imperative. An Intergenerational approach to Biological Justice. Biology International 52: 14-23. (2013).
  • Buckeridge, J. S., 2012. A part, not apart from nature: The IUBS Ethics Commission – an overview of a journey from 2000-2012. Biology International 52: 5-13. (2013).
  • Linse, K., Jackson J.A., Fitzcharles, E., Sands, C.J. and J.S. Buckeridge, 2013. Phylogenetic position of Antarctic Scalpelliformes (Crustacea: Cirripedia: Thoracica). Elsevier: Deep-Sea Research I. 73: 99-116.
  • Ter, P.C. and J. S. Buckeridge, 2012. Ophiomorpha beaumarisensis isp. nov., a tracefossil from the late Neogene Beaumaris Sandstone (stat. nov.) is the burrow of a thalassinidean lobster (Crustacea: Decapoda). Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 123: 223-231.
  • Reeves, J. and J. Buckeridge, 2012. The Urban Sanctuary. Algae and Marine Invertebrates of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary. Greypath Publications, Melbourne. 140 pp. ISBN 978-0-9804483-5-1.
  • Martín-González, E., Buckeridge, J., Castillo, C. and F. García-Talavera, 2012. First record of a tropical shallow water barnacle Tetraclita sp. (Cirripedia: Tetraclitoidea) from the middle Neogene of the Canary Islands. Vieraea 40: 97-106.
  • Buckeridge, J. S. and R. Watts, 2012. On ethics, the pursuit of knowledge, truth and status in the hallowed halls of academe. (Accepted). Integrative Zoology. doi: 10.1111/1749-4877.12007.
  • Buckeridge, J. S. and R. Watts, 2012. Illuminating our world: an essay on the unraveling of the species problem, with assistance from a barnacle and a goose. Humanities 1(3): 45-65.
  • Buckeridge, J.S. and R. Watts, 2012. On ethics, the pursuit of knowledge, truth and status in the hallowed halls of academe. Proceedings of the International Union of Biological Sciences General Assembly, Suzhou, China, 4-7 July, 2012. p. 37. (Abstract).
  • Buckeridge, J. S. 2012. In pursuit of understanding: fossils that do not fit our world-view. Deposits 32: 42-5.
  • Buckeridge, J.S. 2012. Not taking the shilling. Geoscientist 22 (6): 6.
  • Buckeridge, J.S., 2012. The resilience of barnacles (Cirripedia: Thoracica) to environmental change. Integrative Zoology 7 (2): 137-146
  • Buckeridge, J. S. and Grünwald, N., 2011. The place of the University of Technology in serving industry, business and society: a delicate balance, a steady hand… Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Engineering and Business Education and the 1st International SAFRI Journey to Excellence Conference, Cape Town, South Africa. 20-23rd November, 2011. pp. 410-415.
  • Buckeridge, J. S., 2011. Taphonomy and systematics of a new late Cretaceous verrucid barnacle (Cirripedia, Thoracica) from Canterbury, New Zealand. Palaeontology 53: 365-372.
  • Buckeridge, J.S., 2011. Of trees, geese and cirripedes: man's quest for understanding. Integrative Zoology 6: 3-12.
  • Buckeridge, J.S., 2011. 4 Es: Ethics, Engineering, Economics and Environment. 2nd Edition, Federation Press, Sydney. 127 pp. ISBN 978-1-86278-815-0.
  • Buckeridge, J. S., 2010. Subclass Thecostraca. In W.R. Webber, G.D. Fenwick, J.M. Bradford-Grieve, S.H. Eagar, J.S. Buckeridge, G.C. Poore, E.W. Dawson, L. Watling, J.B. Jones, J.B. Wells, N.L. Bruce, S.T. Ahyong, K. Larsen, M.A. Chapman, J. Olesen, J. Ho, J.D. Green, R.J. Shiel, C.E. Rocha, A-N. Lörz, G.J. Bird, W.A. Charleston. Chapter 8. Phylum Arthropoda Subphylum Crustacea - shrimps, crabs, lobsters, barnacles, slaters, and kin. Gordon, D.P. (Ed.). The New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity Volume 2: 98-232. University of Canterbury Press, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Winkelmann, K., Buckeridge, J.S., Costa, A.C., Dionísio, M.A.M., Medeiros, A., Cachao, M. and S.P. Ávila, 2010. Zullobalanus santamariaensis sp. nov. a new late Miocene species of the family Archaeobalanidae (Cirripedia: Thoracica), from the Azores. Zootaxa 2680: 33-44.
  • Buckeridge, J. S., 2010. Barnacles, biologists, bigots and natural selection… Confound and exterminate the whole tribe! Biology International 47: 5-10.
  • Buckeridge, J. S., 2010. Some biological consequences of environmental change: a study using barnacles (Cirripedia: Balanomorpha) and gum trees (Angiospermae: Myrtaceae). Integrative Zoology 5: 122-131.
  • Buckeridge, J.S. and W.A. Newman, 2010. A review of the subfamily Elminiinae (Cirripedia: Thoracica: Austrobalanidae), including a new genus, Protelminius nov. from the Oligocene of New Zealand. Zootaxa 2349: 39-54.
  • Buckeridge, J. S. 1983. The fossil barnacles (Cirripedia: Thoracica) of New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand Geological Survey Paleontogical Bulletin 50: 1 -51 + 14pls. ISSN 0078 8589