What I’m doing now

Last updated: November 2020

2020 really is a mess, isn’t it? We started with the devastating bushfires ravaging many homes and holiday destinations across Australia, and are now learning to live life in the new world.

My world has changed even more as I am currently on maternity leave. Neave Eulalia was born on 27 June.

On brand onesie ☀️

I will be back at work in February 2021.


Teaching in 2020 has been a rollercoaster. Learning to deliver an interesting and informative class online with a couple of weeks’ notice is not something I had ever expected. But with creative solutions, a sense of fun and wonderful students, we survived.


A lot of projects on the go:

  • I am very excited to be part of the ARC Special Research Initiative Linkage project Parched with colleagues from La Trobe University, looking at how historical and recent droughts cultures differ across Victoria.
  • In June my work with Joëlle Gergis and the sorely missed Penny Whetton was published, looking at temperature extremes in Adelaide to 1838. This was a marathon study and I’m proud to see it out in the world.
  • In January I visited Benalla in Victoria and Armidale in New South Wales to talk to communities about their historical data and what they can contribute to climate science. The trip was part of a grant from the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute looking at how historical climate can connect people with climate change. I learnt so much and really enjoyed hearing the experiences of the older residents. The work is currently developing into a semi-systematic literature review on transcription-based citizen science projects.
  • I am collaborating with colleagues at ANU on the Climate History Australia initiative, which will soon be launching a citizen science project. Sign up on our website to be the first to hear about it.
  • I’m also helping the University of Newcastle’s Historical Weather Data Sets project, who are looking for more historical weather records in the New England/New South Wales region
  • I am continuing to collaborate with colleagues from the Bureau of Meteorology on the comparison of parallel observations in Adelaide, and some great colleagues from McGill University in Canada on an interdisciplinary paper about how we can trust historical weather observations rescued via citizen science projects.
  • I am also co-supervising a fabulous Masters student Kate Bongiovanni looking at the influence of the 1883 Krakatoa eruption on Australia’s weather and climate.

Outreach and communication

Mylan Vu at Echo Chamber Escape kindly profiled me in a recent interview.

We published an explainer in The Conversation and spoke to the ABC about the Adelaide’s historical temperature extremes.

In March I was asked to contribute to Is This How You Feel?, a collection of letters from climate scientists. This is a powerful project from Joe Duggan and a cathartic experience to pen my piece.

I spent my New Years’ Eve writing this short Opinion piece about the devastating fires in East Gippsland.

I continue to co-host Einstein A Go Go twice a month and contribute to the social media presence for the international climate data rescue initiative Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth and the Instagram account of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.

I am a current Superstar of STEM. In this first year of the program we are receiving valuable training in how to be superstars!

I am still a co-Editor in Chief of the AMOS Bulletin, and sit on the AMOS Education and Outreach Committee.

Finally, I have stepped down from the role of Editor in Chief for Geoscience Data Journal. It was a great position but given my other commitments this year, the time was right.


Our dog Abi can shake, roll over, and is hopefully going to be a perfect big sister.

This Now page inspired by Derek Sivers‘.

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