Julie is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University, having moved there in 2016 after many years at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (USA) before that.
Julie’s research interests lie in using climate models as tools to investigate mechanisms of recent and future climate change, with a focus on shifts in the Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation, tropical variability and climate extremes. She is particularly interested in the interplay between the predicted recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole over coming decades and greenhouse gas increases in future climate projections, with its potential impacts on the surface, ocean circulation and sea-ice.
Recent work has also focused on explaining extreme events in Australia, such as record-breaking temperatures and rainfall, from a climate perspective, both in terms of the role of human influences and the diagnosis of the climate drivers.
Her research incorporates the use of observations, multi-model datasets and sensitivity experiments with a single model. Her strong collaboration with NCAR and participation in various international committees and reports enhances her engagement with the latest advances in climate research internationally.
Julie was awarded the 2014 Australian Academy of Science Anton Hales Medal for research in earth sciences and 2018 Priestley Medal from the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. She was an active member of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Stratosphere-troposphere Processes and their Role in Climate (SPARC) scientific steering group from 2011-2016 and served as a lead author of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and the latest WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion. She is a member of the National Climate Science Advisory Committee and the National Committee on Earth System Science.