What I’m doing now

Last updated: late July 2019

Teaching

This is my first year teaching at a university, so most of my focus is on that. I’m currently teaching 85 Masters students how to communicate with each other in Communication for Research Scientists.

My other teaching responsibilities are:

  • Teaching and coordinating Weather and Climate Systems, reconnecting with meteorology and sharing my love of climatology with patient second year students.
  • Running the occasional science communication workshop, mainly smaller workshops for postgraduate researchers across the university
  • Teaching and planning other science communication subjects with the wonderful Jen Martin and Graham Phillips.

Research

A lot of little projects on the go:

  • I wrote a short piece on using climate data rescue as a communication bridge for the Rachel Carson Centre’s publication Perspectives which has just come out
  • I published a paper in May on historical extreme rainfall events in southeastern Australia. A link to the full paper is in on my publications page, and I’ve written a short summary. I’ve seen some denialist commentators use our study to argue that climate change isn’t real. Unfortunately climate change is still real, even though there is no trend in annual Sydney rainfall over the past 170 years.
  • I’m currently working with a CLEX summer student Mathilde exploring the 1888 Centennial Drought in New South Wales.
  • I’m a co-author of a manuscript that’s just been accepted by Geoscience Data Journal, examining the weather data recorded by Algernon Belfield in Armidale, New South Wales.
  • I am collaborating with colleagues in Australia (including Joelle Gergis) on extended instrumental weather records in Adelaide and Perth. The Perth dataset extends to 1830 which is very exciting!
  • I’m involved with a couple of large international projects: one developing an inventory of pre-1850 weather data sources, and another on improvements to the historical 20th Century Reanalysis product.
  • I am continuing to collaborate with colleagues from the Bureau of Meteorology on the comparison of parallel observations in Adelaide and Melbourne, and the impact of mean meridional circulation changes on rainfall in Victoria.
  • Finally I’m working with 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.

Outreach and communication

My ‘Letter to a weather station‘ was just selected for the Best Australian Science Writing 2019 anthology!! I’m so excited to be listed amongst such excellent authors.

I continue to co-host Einstein A Go Go twice a month, which I love.

I coordinate the social media presence for the international climate data rescue initiative Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth.

I am doing the occasional media interview on climate science and workshop on science communication.

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 (not that the amazing Editor, Belinda, needs my help much!), and sit on the AMOS Education and Outreach Committee.

Finally, I continue to juggle the role of Editor in Chief for Geoscience Data Journal, mainly in the evenings. Earlier this year I published an Editorial about my first year on the job.

Personal

Our dog Abi can shake, roll over, and is getting better at coming back when we call her.


This Now page inspired by Derek Sivers‘.