Nerilie Abram elected Fellow of Australian Academy of Science

21st Century Weather congratulates our Chief Investigator Nerilie Abram on being elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science

Nerilie is a Professor of Climate Science in the Research School of Earth Sciences at The Australian National University in Canberra.

She is a Deputy Director of 21st Century Weather, and also a Chief Investigator of both the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes and the Australian Centre for Excellence in Antarctic Science.

Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science are among the country’s most distinguished scientists, elected by their peers for ground-breaking research and contributions that have had clear impact.

The Australian Academy of Science provides independent, authoritative and influential scientific advice, promotes international scientific engagement, builds public awareness and understanding of science, and champions, celebrates and supports excellence in Australian science.

“It is an enormous honour to be elected to the Academy and I’m looking forward to helping the Academy in its goal of championing the importance of science to Australia,” Nerilie told the Academy.

Nerilie uses palaeoclimate records to study how Earth’s climate has behaved in the past, and to provide a long-term perspective on recent climate change. She has a particular focus on reconstructing climate variability in the tropical Indian Ocean and Antarctica, and how this impacts Australia’s rainfall patterns. 

Her work also involves proxy-model comparisons to assess forcing mechanisms behind natural and anthropogenic climate changes and to build knowledge of climate risks that are beyond our recent historical experience.

In 2015 she received the Dorothy Hill Award from the Australian Academy of Science for her research achievements. She was Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, released in September 2019.

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