CCRC Team: Affiliated staff

Affiliated staff

Professor Mike Archer
Mike's research interests include paloeclimatic processes, past climate change, past mass extinction events, innovative conservation strategies, zoology, palaeontology, geology, geochronology, functional anatomy of mammals, innovative renewable energy and ongoing projects to bring extinct animals back to life vis somatic nuclear transplantation.

Jeremy Bailey A/Prof Jeremy Bailey

Jeremy is an Associate Professor in the School of Physics. His research is in the area of remote sensing and radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres. While much of this work relates to the atmospheres of other planets, he also has significant projects relating to measurements in the Earth atmosphere relevant to climate change. He has developed a new type of spectrometer for the measurement of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane, and has a prototype instrument currently taking regular measurements from UNSW campus. 

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Professor Andy Baker

Andy’s research interests include karst hydrology and geochemistry; the paleoclimate reconstructions from cave stalagmites; isotope geochemistry; the characterisation of organic matter in rivers, groundwaters and engineered systems, including potable and recycled water; and surface and groundwater quality monitoring.

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Dr Dale Dominey-Howes
Senior Academic

Dr Dale-Dominey Howes is an expert in risk assessment, emergency management and planning for extreme hazards including environmental and climate extremes.

Dr Gary Froyland Associate Professor Gary Froyland
Gary is interested in developing and applying techniques from nonlinear dynamical systems to the analysis of ocean circulation and transport.

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Mark Holzer A/Prof Mark Holzer

Mark is interested in atmospheric science, oceanography, and climate. His recent research has focused on tracers and new diagnostic methods for understanding and quantifying transport in geophysical fluids.

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Fiona Johnson Dr Fiona Johnson

Fiona is a Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research is in the area of climate change impacts on water resources systems, in particular developing methods to bias correct GCM simulations to improve their representation of statistics important for engineering design. Fiona is also interested in the analysis of extreme rainfall events and understanding the types of future changes that may lead to changes in flood risk. Prior to joining UNSW, Fiona was working at the Bureau of Meteorology on the revision of Intensity-Frequency-Duration (IFD) design rainfall data for Australia.

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Jane McAdam Professor Jane McAdam
Jane is a Scientia Professor and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Faculty of Law.  She is also the Director of the International Refugee and Migration Law Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. She holds external appointments as a non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC and a Research Associate of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.  Her research examines the extent to which States have obligations to protect people displaced by climate change under international refugee law, international human rights law, and international law on statelessness.  In particular, her work examines legal and policy responses to migration arising from slow-onset impacts of climate change in the Pacific, including relocation.

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Dr Matthew McCabe Dr Matthew McCabe
Senior Lecturer

Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Prior to this appointment, Matthew was a Research Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the USA where he was involved in research related to hyperspectral, aerosol and cryospheric remote sensing. From 2003-2006, Matthew pursued in hydrometeorological remote sensing, land surface modeling and field validation at Princeton University. My primary research interests are in applying remote sensing approaches to improve knowledge of the Earth System, focusing predominantly on water and energy cycles at the land surface, but broadly interested in all applications encompassing terrestrial, atmospheric and oceanic components.

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Dr Scott Mooney Dr Scott Mooney
Senior Lecturer

Dr Scott Mooney is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences where his research foci includes reconstruction of past climates, particularly those of the post-glacial period. Recently Scott has been investigating the relationship between climate and fire events in eastern Australia.

Dr Robin Robertson Dr Robin Robertson
Lecturer, ADFA

Tidal effects on the oceans, ice, and climate are the focus of Robins research. This includes tidal mixing in the Indonesian Seas, which affects the Indonesian Throughflow and the Leeuwin and Eastern Australian Currents off Australia, and in the Antarctic Seas, which affects deep water production and the global thermohaline circulation.

Dr Scott Sisson A/Prof Scott Sisson

Scott has research interests in the statistical analysis of extreme environmental processes. Such processes include extreme rainfall, wind speeds, hurricaines and earthquakes etc. The adoption of Bayesian inferential tools coupled with sets of models that hold asymptotically for the extremes of general processes, results in powerful predictive and inferential methods for future extreme events. Scott also has research interests in biostatistics and Bayesian methodology and inference.

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Professor Ashish Sharma Professor Ashish Sharma

Professor Ashish Sharma is in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is an expert on the subjects of Engineering Hydrology, Water Resources Systems Analysis, Risk and Reliability Analysis and Stochastic Hydrology.

Krishna K. Shrestha Dr Krishna K. Shrestha
Senior Lecturer

Krishna is currently Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, UNSW. Prior to this appointment, Krishna was Program Director at the Urban and Regional Planning and Policy at the University of Sydney. He has degrees in Environmental Geography (PhD, Sydney), Environmental Management (MEEM, UTS), Anthropology (MA 1st yr, TU Nepal) and Forestry (BSc, TU Nepal). Krishna’s core interest is in socio-environmental justice in climate change adaptation, environmental governance and development planning practice. His current work –– mostly in Australia, Nepal and India –– analyses the political ecology of community-based natural resource management and fairness in climate adaptation, both in rural and urban contexts. He uses grounded analysis of socio-ecological dynamics through a multi-scale and multi-actor perspective where the role of unequal power relations in constituting a politicised environment is a central theme. His research gives particular attention to the ways in which problems of environment and development are linked to systems of social hierarchy and political and economic control, which affect poor and minority groups. He is the recipient of the Endeavour Research Fellowship in 2011 by the Australian Government.

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Amelia Thorpe Amelia Thorpe

Amelia joined the Faculty of Law at UNSW in 2012, having worked previously with governments and NGOs in Australia and internationally. She has worked on issues including climate change and urban form, adaptation, REDD, geo-engineering, geo-sequestration, climate litigation, development and corruption risks associated with climate change, as well as UNFCCC negotiations. Amelia's current research focuses on the urban environment, and the role of the law in shaping cities and suburbs. She is particularly interested in ways in which legal frameworks can be structured to engage the public in urban mitigation efforts and in building climate resilience in cities.

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Adjuncts and Visiting Fellows

Katsumi Matsumoto Associate Professor Katsumi Matsumoto

Katsumi is a biogeochemical oceanographer and carbon cycle scientist. He uses numerical models to gain understanding of tracer distribution within the ocean and tracer flux across air-sea and sediment-water interfaces.

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Dr Michael Molitor Dr Michael Molitor
Professorial Visiting Fellow

Michael Molitor has a PhD from Cambridge University, England and was a Ford Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He has also held academic appointments at Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University.

He is the founder of CarbonShift Ltd, an Australian company with a focus on helping companies develop, implement and communicate strategies to respond to the challenge of a climate system modified by human activity. CarbonShift, which is based in Sydney, has partnered with PricewaterhouseCoopers to deliver corporate carbon management strategies that both protect and enhance shareholder value.

Before entering the business world, Michael was a leading earth systems academic for 10 years. Dr Molitor was a member of the faculty at the University of California, San Diego and the Climate Research Division at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He also served as an external advisor to BP on the development of the company's climate change strategy and attended most of the United Nations negotiations on climate change since 1991.

Vincent Rossi Vincent Rossi

Vincent’s multidisciplinary research sits at the interface of Physical and Biological Oceanography. Using data and numerical models at multiple spatio-temporal scales, he investigates some processes that affect the ocean’s role in climate, namely the interplay between atmospheric forcing, oceanic circulation and plankton productivity (“biological” carbon pump). His main interests include the influence of physical processes on marine ecosystems, especially in Eastern Boundary Upwelling zones and around Australia, and the transport of tracers in the ocean. Additional research lines focus on the biological impacts of mesoscale eddies using Lyapunov and other Lagrangian applied techniques.

Dr. Vincent Rossi is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the “Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems” (IFISC) in the Balearic Islands.

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Dr Oleg Saenko Dr Oleg Saenko
Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr Oleg Saenko is a Research Scientist with the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis of Environment Canada. His research interests relate to the ocean's role in climate. This includes the meridional overturning circulation, its stability and driving mechanisms; processes setting the distribution of large-scale potential vorticity in the ocean; the energetics of ocean circulation and heat transport; climate variability and change.

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Dr Milton Speer Dr Milton Speer
Visiting Research Fellow

Milton is a meteorologist with over 10 years experience in applied mesoscale modelling research and extensive experience as a trained weather forecaster before that. His research interests cover a variety of fields in weather and climate, particularly focusing on southeast Australia and include severe weather and air quality modelling, mesoscale and synoptic scale meteorology, extratropical climate, and climate variability and change, in collaboration with atmospheric groups at universities and government institutions in Australia, the USA, Korea and China.

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Caroline Ummenhofer Dr Caroline Ummenhofer
Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Caroline focuses on large-scale Southern Hemisphere modes of climate variability on seasonal to interannual timescales. She is particularly interested in Indian Ocean variability, the Indian Ocean dipoles (tropical and subtropical), extratropical ocean-atmosphere interactions, and the Southern Annular Mode. She also investigates Australian rainfall variability and extremes on seasonal to interannual timescales and how to apply this for improved seasonal forecasting to aid agricultural and water management decisions.

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Latest news

Dr Michael Molitor Public lecture - De-carbonising for growth: why everyone is wrong about the costs of addressing climate change
20 April 2014
We will rapidly de-carbonize the global energy system not because we care sufficiently about the enormous risks flowing from a climate system profoundly modified by human activity but because, in the absence of this gigantic infrastructure investment opportunity, we will never generate sufficient economic growth between now and 2050. This inevitable outcome has dramatic implications for Australia's future energy supply and prosperity.

Plastic bottle caps found in the ocean (source: NOAA PIFSC) Ocean debris leads the way for castaway fisherman
05 February 2014
The fisherman who washed up on the Marshall Islands last weekend was very lucky to have stranded on a remote beach there. The currents in the Pacific Ocean would have inevitably taken him into the great garbage patch of the North Pacific, where he could then have been floating for centuries to come.

Man in heat wave Get used to heat waves: extreme El Niņo events to double
20 January 2014
Extreme weather events fuelled by unusually strong El Niņos, such as the 1983 heatwave that led to the Ash Wednesday bushfires in Australia, are likely to double in number as our planet warms.

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The Copenhagen Diagnosis

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Charting the garbage patches of the sea

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