Our Team

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Professor Nathan Bindoff

Nathan Bindoff is Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). Professor Bindoff was the coordinating lead author for the ocean chapter in the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report and Fifth Assessment reports. Professor Bindoff and his colleagues documented some of the first evidence for changes in the Indian, North Pacific, South Pacific and Southern Oceans and the first evidence of changes in the earth’s hydrological cycle from ocean salinity. His most recent work is on documenting the decline in oxygen content of the oceans and dynamics of the Southern Ocean. See Prof. Bindoff’s profile and publications here.

Dr Rebecca Harris

Dr Harris’ principal research interests are in the area of climate change impacts on biodiversity, species distributions and thermal biology. In her role as Climate Research Fellow she integrates regional climate projections with ecological and social research to contribute to landscape management decisions necessary to adapt to climate change. Her current research focusses on ecosystem stability in response to climate variability; changes to native and invasive species distributions; shifts in growing season and phenology, and changing fire fuel loads under future climate change. She is currently leading two research projects – one investigating the viability of prescribed burning as a management tool under climate change, and the other providing climate information to assist Australia’s wine industry adapt to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change. See Dr Harris’ profile and publications here.

 

 

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Dr Tom Remenyi

Dr Remenyi’s work is focused on converting leading-edge scientific research into relevant, useful, usable information for decision makers. His training in economics, analytical chemistry, marine biogeochemistry, data analysis and interpretation as well as field sampling and project management enable him to bring different skills to the various teams he works within and across a range of disciplines.

He dedicates significant time to stakeholder engagement, is a member of a number of committees and working groups and is a regular workshop facilitator. He also provides the technical expertise for services such as data provision, analysis, presentation and interpretation for stakeholders and within the Climate Futures team. See Dr. Remenyi’s profile and publications here.

 

Dr Peter Love

Dr Love has a background in atmospheric physics (PhD, University of Adelaide). His research has focussed on small scale dynamic processes in the atmosphere including waves, tides and turbulence, and their relationship to large scale circulations. These studies have been conducted primarily using ground based radar remote sensing and weather balloon observations together with a range of computational modelling techniques. Other research interests include El Niño Southern Oscillation and the Quasi-Biennial Oscillation in the tropical middle atmosphere. Having joined the ACE CRC Climate Futures program in 2016, Dr Love is currently analysing the impact of climate change on weather-related fire risk factors in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. See Dr Love’s publications here.

 

 

 

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Dr Nick Earl

Dr Earl has a background in applied meteorology and climatology, completing his PhD in the UK at the University of East Anglia in 2013. He then moved down under to work as a post-doc at the University of Melbourne (2013-2017) and the University of Tasmania (2018-). His research background includes observational climatological analysis of mean wind and gust speeds, providing applications for the insurance and wind energy sectors. This work involved comparing the abilities of forecast models to predict damaging winds during extra-­tropical cyclone events, while also conducting meso-scale numerical modelling of events for a better understanding of the sub­-storm scale processes involved. Nick is passionate about applying his knowledge to help reduce humanity’s vulnerability to future climates. His recent work includes anthropogenic   impacts on the environment through examining weekly cycles in urban meteorological and other parameters. He also has a comprehensive background in remotely sensed fire analysis, examining trends in global and regional active fires, highlighting links with large-­scale climate drivers (e.g. ENSO and IOD). Nick joined the Climate Futures team in 2018 and is currently focused on compound events and changes with climate change. See Dr Earl’s publications here.

Nick is an international marathon runner and is aiming to represent Great Britain at the Olympics in 2020 and England at the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Dr Gabi Mocatta 

Dr Mocatta is a former journalist, a Lecturer in Communication at Deakin University, and a media and communication researcher with a strong interest in science communication and environmental communication. She is currently a Research Fellow in Climate Change Communication with Climate Futures. Dr Mocatta studies media discourse around energy transitions, climate change and environmental justice in a variety of national contexts. She is especially interested in the relationship between environmental harms and social inequality, and ways in which this relationship plays out in the media.

At Climate Futures, Dr Mocatta’s role includes both research translation and communicating climate science, and conducting new research on the interface between science and the media.

Dr Mocatta is currently working on a book (together with Dr Erin Hawley) Environmental Communication in a Time of Crisis to be published by Routledge in 2022.

See Dr Mocatta’s profile and publications here.