Dr Georgy Falster is interested in variability in the water cycle, on regional to global spatial scales and inter-annual to centennial time scales. As her main research tools, Dr Falster uses palaeoclimate proxy data from different archive types (e.g. speleothems, trees, corals, lake and marine sediments, glacier ice) in conjunction with long model simulations and observational data. Dr Falster completed a PhD in palaeoclimate science at The University of Adelaide. Before joining CLEX, Dr Falster spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at Washington University in St. Louis, investigating controls on modern spatial and temporal variability in the stable isotopic composition of precipitation, as well as using water isotope proxy records to investigate changes in tropical ocean-atmosphere circulation over the past millennium. At CLEX, Dr Falster is investigating the dynamics and drivers of Australian droughts, asking questions such as ‘how unusual are major droughts of the historical period (e.g. the Millennium Drought) in the context of the last millennium?’ and ‘could such droughts have occurred within the range of natural internal variability, or did they require the background of anthropogenic climate change?’.