Assoc Prof Lisa Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and a PhD from Monash University. Between 1998 and 2006 she worked as a research scientist at the UK Met Office Hadley Centre, with a year on secondment at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
Assoc Prof Alexander's primary research focuses on understanding the variability and driving mechanisms of climate extremes. Of particular significance is her ongoing work assessing global changes in temperature and rainfall extremes, which has contributed significantly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments.
She was awarded the 2011 Priestley Medal by the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the 2013 Australian Academy of Science Dorothy Hill award for her contribution to this field of research. She contributed to the IPCC assessments in 2001 and 2007 and to the 2012 Special Report on Extremes and was a Lead Author of the IPCC's 5th Assessment Report.
Assoc Prof Alexander also Chairs a World Meteorological Organisation Commission for Climatology Expert Team and is co-Chair of the World Climate Research Programme Grand Challenge on Extremes.