Member Profile

Dr Tess Parker

Associate Investigator

School of Earth Sciences
Monash University


Dr Parker’s expertise lies in the science of weather producing systems, with a particular focus on heat waves and drought, through the examination of the large-scale atmospheric conditions and processes underlying these extreme events and the connection to mechanisms such as tropical-extratropical and stratosphere-troposphere interactions. An understanding of the processes underlying extreme weather underpins the prediction of likely changes in the regional frequency of occurrence or the severity of such events in the future. Dr Parker is currently undertaking research on the occurrence of flash drought in Australia – evaluating a variety of methods for detection of these rapidly-evolving events; investigating the underlying atmospheric processes responsible for their development; and examining possible connections between flash droughts and heat waves in regional Australia.