BSc (Hons) (2001) Macquarie University, Australia PhD (2007) Macquarie University, Australia


Associate Professor Melissa Hart has led and developed a national, cross-institutional graduate program which has reimagined the traditional Australian PhD. With a vital combination of breadth, depth, support, and collaboration, the program has provided over 300 PhD students with the skills, knowledge, and experience fundamental to developing world leading climate science leaders equipped for employment across a range of sectors. Associate Professor Hart’s leadership has been recognized via a UNSW Vice-Chancellors Award for higher degree research leadership and has been profiled in the Higher Education Supplement of The Australian newspaper. Internationally, she has represented Australia at World Meteorological Organization symposiums on challenges of contemporary meteorological education, and co-chair the steering committee of the World Climate Research Programme training academy. Associate Prof Hart’s research looks at the impact of cities on climate and climate on cities, as well as the meteorological controls on air pollution. A strong advocate for gender equity in science, she is a past chair of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society’s Equity and Diversity Committee and a proud participant of the 2018 Homeward Bound Women in STEMM leadership initiative.