What I’m doing now

Last updated: July 2019


This is my first year teaching at a university, so most of my focus is on that. It’s in between semesters at the moment, so I’m catching my breath before teaching the Masters subject Communication for Research Scientists.

I am on leave from July 10 to 17 inclusive 🏖

My other teaching responsibilities are:


A lot of little projects on the go:

  • I recently published a paper 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 for OzEWEX.
  • I’m currently working with a CLEX summer student Mathilde exploring the 1888 Centennial Drought.
  • I’m a co-author of a manuscript in revision 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.

Outreach and communication

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!

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 can now shake AND roll over.

This Now page inspired by Derek Sivers‘.