Professor Jason Evans completed his undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics at Newcastle University in 1996 and was awarded his PhD in Environmental management from the Australian National University in 2001. He then spent six years as a postdoctoral and then research fellow at Yale University in the USA. In 2007 he returned to Australia to take up a position in the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW, where he remains today.
Prof Evans' expertise is in the area of regional climate, land-atmosphere interactions, the water cycle and climate change. His focus is on regional climate change and it's impacts.
His research program brings together advanced modelling tools with extensive observational datasets, with an emphasis on satellite based, remotely-sensed earth observations. The research finds new and improved techniques to combine data with regional climate and land-surface models, to help solve problems of national and international significance.
Prof Evans is co-chair of the Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) Hydroclimate Panel (GHP) and AustralAsia region coordinator of the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX), both elements of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). He is also lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. He has also been editor of the Journal of Climate since 2016.
Prof Evans has been awarded an Australian Research Fellowship and a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research council. In 2008 he was awarded the Australian Agricultural Industries Young Innovators and Scientsts Award by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Land & Water Australia for his work on land-atmosphere coupling over irrigation districts. In 2015 he was awarded the President's mid-career plenary lecture by the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ) in recognition of his contributions to modelling of the regional climate. In 2017 he was a Green Globe Sustainability Champion finalist for his work on regional scale climate projections and adaptation, as well as the Australian Meteorology and Oceanography Society's Priestley Medal for mid-career excellence in climate and related sciences.