Associate Professor Todd Lane was awarded his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Monash University in 2000, having completed his bachelor’s degree in 1997. He was a postdoctoral fellow with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (USA) from 2000-2002 and a staff scientist from 2003-2005. He joined the University of Melbourne in 2005, where he is now Associate Professor and Reader in the School of Earth Sciences. Between 2010-2014 he was an ARC Future Fellow.
A/Prof Lane’s primary research focus is on atmospheric processes. He is internationally recognised as an expert on tropical thunderstorms, atmospheric waves, and turbulence. He has made important contributions to many aspects of mesoscale meteorology, convective cloud dynamics, and high-resolution atmospheric modelling. His research within the Centre is focused on extreme rainfall, and is using high-resolution cloud and weather prediction models to determine the processes controlling rainfall extremes and better predict them. Of particular emphasis is the formation of organised convective systems and their roles in rainfall extremes.
He was the 2014-2015 President of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, and was Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s Committee on Mesoscale Processes from 2012-2015. He is currently Editor of Monthly Weather Review and sits on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science. A/Prof Lane has received awards from the American Meteorological Society, the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, and NASA.