What I’m doing now

Last updated: May 2019


This is my first semester teaching at a university, so most of my focus is on that. There are three aspects taking up 90% of my week:

  1. Teaching and coordinating Weather and Climate Systems, reconnecting with meteorology and sharing my love of climatology with patient second year students.
  2. Teaching into Masters subject Communication for Research Scientists with the wonderful Jen Martin and Graham Phillips.
  3. Planning for future science communication subjects, including an intensive subject and a subject for Masters students not doing research.


A lot of little projects on the go:

  • I’m a co-author of a manuscript in review in 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 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.

Next month I’m heading to the AMOS conference in Darwin where I’m presenting on the link between global circulation changes and synoptic changes in Victoria. I’ll also be chairing a session on citizen science and science communication.

Outreach and communication

I continue to co-host Einstein A Go Go twice a month which is good fun.

I am coordinating 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.

On Wednesday 22 May I am speaking at Pint of Science in Melbourne, and on 7 June I’m on a panel at the Royal Society of Victoria speaking about communicating science in a post-normal world.

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

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


Our dog Abi has just turned one, and is learning how to shake with both paws.

This Now page inspired by Derek Sivers‘.