Member Profile

Dr Joelle Gergis

Climate Research Fellow

School of Earth Sciences
The University of Melbourne

Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (2013). PhD Palaeoclimatology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2006). Bachelor of Advanced Science in Environmental Science (Physical Geography), Honours (Class 1), University of New South Wales, Sydney, (2000)


Joëlle’s research focuses on reconstructing climate variability over the past 200–1,000 years using monthly–annually-resolved tree rings, corals, ice cores and historical records. ​Her current research interests include: Climate variability and change in Australia, Australasia and the Southern Hemisphere; Climate reconstructions of the last 1,000 years; Palaeoclimate data–climate model comparisons of the last 1,000 years; Southern Hemisphere drought; Historical climatology; Australian climate history. Joëlle has led the international Past Global Changes (PAGES) working group on Australasian climate variability of the past 2,000 years (Aus2K) since 2009, and been a member of the World Climate Research Programs (WCRP) Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR)–Past Global Change (PAGES) science panel working to promote the use of palaeoclimate data to examine issues of future climate predictability since 2012. For more information see