About us

Climate History Australia is hosted by the Fenner School of Environment & Society at the Australian National University (ANU), working with partners across the country and around the world. Our key partner is the Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE) project; an international initiative that recovers historical weather observations from all over the world.

Dr Joëlle Gergis is an award-winning climate scientist and writer from the ANU. Her research focuses on reconstructing Australian and Southern Hemisphere climate variability and extremes. In 2018, Joelle published Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia, which pieces together Australia’s climate history for the first time. She is a senior lecturer in climate science at the ANU, a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report – a global, state-of-the art review of climate change science, and expert advisor to the Climate Council. For more about Joëlle, visit www.joellegergis.com.

Dr Linden Ashcroft is a lecturer in climate science and science communication at The University of Melbourne. Her career has spanned the academic, government and non-profit sectors, working in climate science communication, citizen science and historical weather data rescue. Linden is the Editor-in-Chief of Geoscience Data Journal, and part of the 2019–2020 Science and Technology Australia Superstars of STEM program aimed at increasing the public visibility of women in STEM. For more about Linden, visit www.lindenashcroft.com.

As our Citizen Science and Communications Officer Caitlin Howlett manages all the volunteer and engagement aspects of our projects. Having worked in a range of areas including as a magazine editor, science communicator, presenter, writer, research assistant and at not-for-profits, Caitlin is the first person to exclusively run a citizen science effort on climate data rescue in Australia.

Our Research Assistant Zak Baillie is a current Honours student at the University of NSW, examining heatwaves in regional climate models. He has volunteered with The Climate Council and previously worked for the Department of the Environment and Energy. He has presented on his research in international academic journals and at scientific conferences.

Past projects

Our researchers won the 2014 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research – informally known as the ‘Oscars of Australian Science’ – for their reconstruction of south-eastern Australia’s climate record for the past 200–500 years. Known as SEARCH (South Eastern Australian Recent Climate History), the project was based at the University of Melbourne, and utilised a now concluded citizen science portal, called OzDocs.