Professor Jason Evans completed his undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics at Newcastle University in 1996 and earned 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 its impacts. His research program brings together advanced modelling tools with extensive observational data sets, with an emphasis on satellite based, remotely sensed earth observations.
Prof Evans was a 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 is on the Science Advisory Team for CORDEX, an element of the World Climate Research Programme. He was an editor of the Journal of Climate from 2016 to 2022. In 2020 Prof Evans was elected a fellow of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand and in 2021 he received their Biennial Medal for outstanding contributions to modelling and simulation over a sustained period. He was also elected a fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, in 2021.