Our Team

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Dr Kathleen Beyer

Climate Futures Director

Dr Kathleen Beyer is Director of the Climate Futures Research Group, and Senior Lecturer in Climate Impacts and Adaptation in the School of Geography and Spatial Sciences. She is passionate about delivering innovative, complex and integrated climate impacts and adaptation research. Kathleen’s research aims to improve our understanding of the past, present and future climate and the impacts of climate change on communities and the environment. Her broad research interests are in climate change impacts on human health, social systems, infrastructure, urban environments, energy efficiency, biosecurity, invasive species ecology, ecosystem resilience and biodiversity. Her recent work has centred around the design and development of regionally downscaled climate projections to deliver fit-for-purpose climate data, tools and products for climate-resilient planning. She led the delivered enhanced regionally downscaled climate projections (NARCliM), which are widely used by NSW government agencies and stakeholders to support climate-resilient planning and manage climate risk.

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Professor Nathan Bindoff

Team member

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.

Associate Professor Sarah Boulter

Associate Professor Sarah Boulter

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Sarah Boulter is Associate Professor of Climate Change and the Climate Adaptation Mission lead for the National Environmental Science Program (NESP). Sarah has spent the last decade building and supporting climate adaptation research and practice in Australia.

Sarah’s research focuses on the impacts of climate change and building capacity to adapt. She has worked with the health, biodiversity, defence and infrastructure sectors to support, develop and implement climate change adaptation strategies. Sarah was also part of the team that developed CoastAdapt, Australia’s first online climate adaptation decision-support and knowledge platform to support coastal local governments.

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Dr Peter Love

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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

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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 through both research and teaching. Nick is the unit coordinator for two climate change first year units at UTas, the Introduction to the Science of Climate Change (KGA104) and Responding to Climate Change (KGA105). His post-doctoral research includes quantifying anthropogenic impacts on the environment through examining weekly cycles in urban meteorological and other parameters, 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. See Dr Earl’s publications here.

Nick is a very keen runner and can often be seen at the pointy end of road races around Tasmania, Australia and Internationally.

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Dr Gabi Mocatta

Team member

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 and policy 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, Gabi’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 a Research Affiliate at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a collaborator in the MeCCO (Media and Climate Change Observatory) project at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Dr Kathy Allen

Team member

Kathryn Allen is a palaeoclimatologist and an ARC Future Fellow. Her work has involved reconstructing past climate in Australia based on tree-rings, assessing tree-ring response to climate, and the potential of tree species to new to dendrochronology for climatological work. She pioneered the development of some types wood properties chronologies and has significantly expanded the number and quality of tree-ring chronologies in Australia. Her work has included numerous international collaborations and she has worked with industry to produce hydrological reconstructions that can be incorporated into risk assessments and management planning. Dr Allen’s Future Fellowship will compile and analyse a global database of palaeoclimate proxies to assess changes in frequency, magnitude/intensity and clustering of climate extremes over time. This will not only help better contexturalise current changes in extremes in the observed record, it will also provide critical input into risk estimation for Australian infrastructure.

Dr Jan Jaap Meijer

Team member

Jan Jaap Meijer is an observational oceanographer deeply connected to the ocean via his passions for sailing and surfing. He is PhD in Physical Oceanography is from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies/ University of Tasmania. He used observations and model simulations of standing meanders in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current to understand how heat can be transported across the current. Standing meanders occur when the current interacts with strong topography changes and steepen/ flex with increased wind stress. This causes across frontal flow and leads to a net poleward heat transport. This has major implications for our understanding of mechanisms driving Southern Ocean warming. His background and interest are multidisciplinary and allowed him to work in different projects, including the RISC-KIT (Resilience-Increasing Strategies for Coasts – Toolkit) project, in which a set of coastal risk tools, both physical and probabilistic models, were applied to a case study in Kristianstad, Sweden. During his studies he joined sea-going courses and voyages, analysed complex data sets from seals and finished a master thesis modelling how coral cays form on platform reefs. He has a practical approach to problem solving driven by societal and environmental innovation for sustainability.

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Dr Jenny Styger

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Dr Jenny Styger has a background in both research and on-ground land management. Her areas of interest include vegetation ecology and fire science and her research focuses on the best ways to implement appropriate fire regimes to promote healthy ecosystems and reduce bushfire risk. She is currently a Climate Research Fellow with the National Environmental Science Program Climate Systems Hub working on the conservation adaptation knowledge platform ConservationAdapt.

Dr Anna Lythe

Team member

Anna specializes in strategic sustainable urban development and climate impact assessment and adaptation planning. She has worked on climate change education, assessment, and adaptation questions across sectors (industry, community, human health, and built environment) as both a researcher, educator, and private consultant. Appreciating the importance of quality stakeholder engagement processes, Anna also has significant experience working as a strategic planner and facilitator. Over her career, Anna has contributed to numerous policy development, planning decision-making processes, and technical working groups via high-level state ministerial appointments (NSW and Tasmania), federal, government, local government and NGO forums. Anna is currently working with the Climate Futures team on the Natural Hazard Atlas for Tasmania as strategic research coordinator and stakeholder engagement manager.

Prof Jamie Kirkpatrick

Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick AM

Associate

Prof Jamie Kirkpatrick is Distinguished Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania. He teaches in the undergraduate program and supervises many postgraduate and honours students. His main research loves are alpine and garden ecosystems, nature conservation and the politics of environment. Jamie and his students have several projects relevant to the impacts of climate change on Tasmanian ecosystems. He has several national awards and prizes for his work developing methods for planning reserves and his contribution to forest conservation and world heritage matters.

Vani Sreekanta

Associate

Vani is a visiting PhD researcher from the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity, Germany. With a background in Anthropology and rooted in her years as a conservation practitioner, her interdisciplinary study thinks about the many ways in which the Southern Ocean defies its presumed boundaries and exists in relation with the world, challenging any imagination of ocean spaces as bounded. By exploring conceptual and material social connections between Marine Protected Areas (MPA), both currently under development and implemented, to the larger global ‘centres’ across three continents, Vani pushes current ocean space governance further to consider crucial external social dynamics.

Ben Weeding

Ben Weeding

PhD

Ben’s PhD research aims to combine climate and urban radiation modelling to make predictions about future conditions and risks in Hobart, helping to guide mitigation efforts and decision making.

Haleh Nampak

Haleh Nampak

PhD

Haleh Nampak is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania with a background in physical geography and geospatial science. She has previously participated in projects aimed at solving environmental issues, while monitoring and assessing long-term feasibility. Her current research focuses on assessment of lightning climatology and environmental factors associated with wildland fire. Her research contributes to the understanding of climate change impacts on ignition efficiency across the landscape.

Karen Palmer

Karen Palmer

PhD

Karen Palmer is a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania with a keen interest in sea-level rise. Her current research explores factors for extreme water levels and inundation within estuaries, the transition zone between river and sea. Karen is interested in how data from Australian environments can be used to better understand coastal vulnerability with climate change, helping communities to prepare and adapt.

Mitsuhiro Ozaki

Mitsuhiro Ozaki

PhD

Mitsuhiro Ozaki is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania and his academic background combines both Master of Information Technology and Master of Applied Science (Environmental Management and Spatial Sciences) at this university. Mitsuhiro researches bushfires in Australia. He recently published an article about prediction of bushfire models with his colleagues. Currently his research is focused on atypical terrain fires.

Nina Rogers

Nina Rogers

PhD

Nina researches municipal level climate change governance and decision-making. She studies perceptions of climate risk among local government executive and elected leaders, and the socio-institutional conditions supporting active management of climate risk. Nina is experienced in public policy and leadership. She was Principal Policy Advisor/Team Leader for the national Garnaut Climate Change Review (2007/2008) and in 2009, won a Churchill Fellowship to study local government climate change adaptation.

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