Plenary and Keynote Speakers
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Dr Rosemary Hill
Dr Rosemary (Ro) Hill is a Research Team Leader with CSIRO and an adjunct associate professor with James Cook University. She researches social-ecological sustainability through collaborative knowledge and environmental governance systems. This includes biodiversity, climate change adaptation and how Indigenous knowledge can inform resilience. Ro is also a member of the IUCN Commission on Environment Economic and Social Policy, the World Commission on Protected Areas, and the Expert Taskforce for Indigenous and Local Knowledge of IPBES.
Prof. Christian Jakob
Prof. Christian Jakob is the Professor for Climate Modelling at Monash University in Melbourne. His research interests are in all aspects of tropical convection, its interaction with synoptic and larger scales and its representation in climate models. He received his PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, and has previously held research positions at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
Dr George Kiladis
Dr George Kiladis is a research meteorologist at the Physical Sciences Division of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder Colorado. His work is focused on observational aspects of the tropical atmosphere and ocean, including comparisons of observations with theory and models. His main interests include equatorial waves, tropical-extratropical interaction, air-sea interaction, and the coupling between tropical convection and the large scale atmospheric circulation.
Prof. Michael Montgomery
Michael Montgomery is a Distinguished Professor at the US Naval Postgraduate School. His meteorological research and teaching interests span dynamic meteorology, synoptic meteorology, geophysical fluid dynamics, geophysical turbulence, theoretical, experimental, and computational fluid dynamics, and applied mathematics. His current work is conducting new research on the birth of hurricanes/typhoons, intensification, and secondary eyewall formation, as well as other geophysical fluid dynamical problems associated with vortical systems.
Prof. Jason Sharples
Jason Sharples is an Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of New South Wales, where he works as part of the Applied and Industrial Mathematics Group and the Computational Science Initiative. Jason is currently Lead Chief Investigator on two ARC Discovery Indigenous Projects and Project Leader for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC’s “Spot Fire” Project. These projects all consider various aspects of extreme and dynamic bushfire propagation, the development of large conflagrations and bushfire risk management.
Prof. Peter Webster
Prof. Peter Webster is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests focus on understanding large scale phenomena in the tropics, especially instabilities of the ITCZ, tropical-extratropical interaction, the evolution of the warm pool and monsoon variability. Recently, he has concentrated on the role of breaking Rossby waves in the potential vorticity budget of the tropics and he has applied the physical understanding of the tropics towards predicting hazards in South Asia.
Dr Susan Wijffels
Dr Susan Wijffels is a Principle Research Scientist at CSIRO and a Senior Scientist in Physical Oceanography at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She currently is working on the drivers, patterns and rates of ocean change, the dynamics of the Indonesian Throughflow and its role in climate, and water mass variability in the global ocean. Susan is also deeply involved in the ongoing development of the Global Ocean Observing System through programs such as Argo, GOSHIP and TPOS2020.
Dr Chidong Zhang
Dr Chidong Zhang leads the Ocean Climate Research Division of NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory. His research interest is tropical weather-climate interface, especially the Madden-Julian Oscillation. He completed his Ph.D. at Penn State. He is the PI of a joint US-Indonesia Banda Sea cruise during Years of the Maritime Continent.
Prof. Karumuri Ashok
Prof. Karumuri Ashok’s research covers the Indian summer monsoon, tropical Indo-Pacific drivers, their variability and impacts, weather through seasonal prediction, decadal climate variability, and climate change. He had led the development of the first prototype of the Indian earth system model at the IITM, India. Now a Professor in the Centre for Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Hyderabad (India), Ashok is currently working on mid-Holocene & last millennium modelling, theoretical aspects of the active-break cycle of the Indian summer monsoon, and city level extreme event prediction
Dr Joëlle Gergis
Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer from the Australian National University. She is an internationally recognised expert in Australian and Southern Hemisphere climate variability and change based in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes.
Joëlle is currently serving as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, and a Councillor for the Climate Council, Australia’s leading independent body providing expert advice to the Australian public on climate change and policy.
Her book, Sunburnt Country: The future and history of climate change in Australia, is now available through Melbourne University Publishing.
Catherine (Cat) Vreugdenhil
I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Atmosphere-Ocean Group at the University of Cambridge. My research centres on small-scale processes in the ocean that can have important effects on ocean dynamics and climate. In 2017, I completed a PhD in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics at the Australian National University where I used numerical simulations, laboratory experiments and theory to examine transport by deep convection in the ocean. My postdoc research investigates the ocean-driven melting of ice shelves in collaboration with researchers at the British Antarctic Survey. By improving our knowledge of these small-scale processes I hope to help improve their representation in larger scale ocean and climate models.