Curious Climate
Curious Climate

Our Team

Curious Climate Tasmania was led by Professor Gretta Pecl and Dr Jocelyn Nettlefold with supporting team members from partner organisations around Tasmania

Meet the rest of our team

Michael Grose
CSIRO, University of Tasmania
Research Areas:
Downscaling comparison and coordination for new Australian climate projections. Climate projections and communication for southeast Australia. Climate model evaluation and making climate projections for Pacific Island nations
Why I do what I do:
Research into climate and climate change at a regional scale (e.g. Tasmania), including research into the drivers of climate variability and change as well as projections of likely change under climate change scenarios. New work includes research into the impact of climate variability and change on bushfire risk and biodiversity values.
Peat Leith
University of Tasmania
Research Areas:
Peat has worked for the NSW Government on research for natural resource management (NRM) policy, with the Adaptation Research Network for Marine Biodiversity and Resources (University of Tasmania) on adaptation in fisheries, and with the CSIRO Coastal Collaboration Cluster (University of Tasmania) on improving the linkages between science and decision-making in coastal zone management. He has also worked as a consultant. From 2012-2015 Peat was the Convenor of the Science for Society and Policy Program in TIA. He also led a TIA research project that assisted nine regional NRM organisations across south-eastern Australia to update their strategic plans for climate change.
Why I do what I do:
Peat is passionate about ensuring that public investment on research leads to societal outcomes. His research and practice is geared to improving the design of projects and programs to achieve such outcomes in ways that are equitable, accountable and efficient, especially in areas of natural resource management and sustainability.
Chris Sharples
Spatial Science Group, Discipline of Geography and Spatial Sciences, School of Technology, Environments and Design, University of Tasmania
Research Areas:
Geology, coastal geomorphology (focus on coastal landform processes, coastal erosion and physical responses to sea-level rise)
Why I do what I do:
Despite a wealth of evidence that sea-level rise causes coastal erosion and recession, there has been very little research asking whether the erosion we see today is related to sea-level rise or to other causes, and when we can expect sea-level rise to become the dominant driver of coastal landform processes (as is expected). This obvious gap in existing knowledge – and the dearth of research effort on this question, has attracted me as an obvious knowledge gap needing to be investigated.
Andrew Lenton
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Centre for Southern Hemisphere Ocean Research & Australian Antarctic Partnership Program, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Research Areas:
(i)quantifying the past, present and future role of the ocean in the global carbon cycle; (ii) exploring and understanding the impact of the carbon cycle and biogeochemical changes on both climate and marine diversity and productivity; and (iii) the potential role of geoengineering in mitigating climate change and ocean acidification.
Why I do what I do:
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