Alumni

Former Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

Dr Lluís Fita Borrell

Dr Laura Ciasto
Coupled ocean-atmosphere variability in the Southern Hemisphere.

Dr Marc Dorgeville
Processes affecting ocean-atmosphere-carbon feedbacks during the LGM and other past climate states.

Dr Jeff Exbrayat

Dr James Gilmore

Dr Alan Griffiths
Modelling the wake of steep hills and buildings in the atmospheric boundary layer.

Dr Xianhong Meng

Dr Stephanie Waterman

Dr Kirien Whan

Dr Hongang Yang

Graduated PhD students

Francia Avila
The impacts of land-use induced land cover change on climate extremes.

Michael Bates
A dynamic, embedded Lagrangian model for ocean climate models.

Kathryn Bormann
Snowpack characteristics and modelling in the marginal snowfields of southeast Australia

Faye Cruz
Characterization of the physiological feedbacks to increase in leaf-level atmospheric carbon dioxide from global to regional scales.

Khalia Hill
Modulation of Southern Hemisphere Climate via Large-Scale Modes and their Teleconnections

Agatha Imielska
Climatology and future projections of East Coast Lows

Ian Macadam
Generating future climate data for climate change impact assessments: A case study for wheat cropping in New South Wales

Sarah Perkins
Evaluation and 21st century projections of global climate change models at a regional scale over Australia.

Nina Ridder

Emily Shaw
Variability of carbonate chemistry in the southern Great Barrier Reef: implications for future ocean acidification

Alejandro Silva Brito
El Niño and El Niño Modoki impacts on South American rainfall

Graham Simpkins

Jessica Trevena
Southern Hemisphere thermohaline circulation stability and effect on global climate: results from coupled modeling

Caroline Ummenhofer
Southern Hemisphere regional precipitation and climate variability: Extremes, trends, and prediction

Jan Zika
Quantifying Ocean Mixing from Hydrographic Data

Graduated Honours students

Michael Bates
The effect of enhanced Antarctic meltwater on global ocean circulation and climate.

Sophie Bestley
Oceanic transport of Southern Rock Lobster (Jasus edwardsii) larvae.

Jaclyn Brown
A study of El-Nino/Southern Oscillation and its dynamical relationship to westerly wind bursts and the Madden Julian Oscillation.

Chris Cairns

Tina Donaldson
Mechanisms controlling the late twentieth century cooling and freshening of Antarctic Intermediate Water.

Stephanie Dupre
Latitude shifts in Southern Ocean westerly winds and their impact on past and present climate Liz Smith A box-model study of the global thermohaline circulation.

Ned Haughton

Doug Hazell
Prediction of the fate of radioactive material in the South Pacific Ocean using a global eddy-resolving model.

Khalia Hill
Observational and Model Analysis of Interannual Rainfall Extremes and Air Flow over Tasmania.

Tanya Lippmann

Stephanie Moore
Jervis Bay circulation and its role in determining phytoplankton community structure.

Agus Santoso
Circulation in Jervis Bay driven by atmospheric cooling.

Matthew Ward

Danielle Williams
Variations in the size composition and occurrence of yellowfin tuna (thunnus albacares) in eastern Australian waters.

Lujia Wu
Modelling spectrally-resolved light attenuation in a coupled physical-biological ocean model.

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