What I’m doing now

Last updated: Feb 2021

I have returned to work part time after eight months on maternity leave. Expect slow responses at weird hours for the foreseeable future.


In semester 1 of 2021 I am teaching Weather and Climate Systems in dual delivery mode, meaning students can either be in the classroom or online.

In semester 2 I look forward to teaching with the wonderful Unimelbscicomm team once more.


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.
  • Late in 2020, undergraduate scholar Mathilde Ritman and I published a reexamination of the 1888 Centennial Drought. You can read a summary on the CLEX website, or the full article through CSIRO Publishing.
  • Mia Cobb and I co-edited a special issue of Journal of Science Communication about the 2020 Australian Science Communicators Conference.
  • In June 2020 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.
  • 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 2019 writing this short Opinion piece about the devastating fires in East Gippsland.

I continue to co-host Einstein A Go Go once 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 the second year of the program we are visiting schools, so please reach out if you would like a climate scientist to speak to your students.

This Now page inspired by Derek Sivers‘.

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